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More Extras caps: Elijah in costume, laughing….

Posted on 2005.11.18 at 23:57
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These thirteen screencaps come from the “featurette” on the DVD extras called, Languages of Middle-earth.…

Yes, this is the featurette from which “Flirty” comes, when Elijah, in costume, is talking to dialect coach Roisin Carty. I didn’t feel I needed to cap that one, since plenty of frames from it are floating around. *smirk*

This sequence captures a brief moment of endearing EW hilarity. When the camera person comes upon Elijah standing off to the side working on the script, he notices that he is being photographed. He explains that he is just going over his lines. An embarrassed giggle breaks into a peal of open laughter.

Even though they are technically of Elijah Wood, not Frodo, I love looking at these frames. They allow me to imagine that I am seeing Frodo in a moment of high mirth, as if I had happened upon him as stood in a gathering at a Hobbiton party, just as someone told the punch line of a joke.

I only wish the camera had been better focussed.





Elijah Wood, from Languages of Middle-earth, on the FotR TE DVD Extras:



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Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.



~ Mechtild

Comments:


(Anonymous) at 2005-11-19 14:02 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Mech,

Apologies for intruding again, but I find I’m being drawn back here time and again in order to discover what treasures you have unearthed. Without exception, your screencaps are beyond beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you… oh, a hundred thank yous would not suffice!

I love this latest selection. Elijah in costume but not in character is almost like a separate being - not quite the character and not quite the actor. It’s as if he’s in the midst of a metamorphosis, transforming from Elijah into Frodo. It’s just a delight to see.

I love your imagined scenario of coming upon Frodo at an informal gathering, when he’s completely joyous and at ease - a happy, carefree young gentle-hobbit. Lovely!

Going back to your gorgeous ‘Lilac Lothlorien Eyelashes’ caps - one of my very favourite images of Film Frodo - You said:

I just love running the entries backwards. The sight of him opening his eyes as if he were sensing me watching him, with my feelings plainly visible on my face, is very swoon-inducing.


I hope you don’t mind me posting another link to a .gif, but I made one of this sequence ages ago, and when I saw your comment I sought it out, made a reverse .gif, and then joined the two together. Here’s the result:

http://www.imag.us/x/blossom/FellExrlong.gif

Thanks again,

Blossom.






Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-19 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Blossom, I just opened (and saved) your "Lilac Lothlorien" gif. It was just beautiful. I am so grateful you made that! (((((smooch))))

You wrote,

Apologies for intruding again, but I find I’m being drawn back here time and again in order to discover what treasures you have unearthed.

Heavens! You are not "intruding" Blossom! Although I make a few announcements about my personal life in my LJ (like when my mom went in the hospital or pics from a trip), but on the whole, I think of my LJ as an extension of my thread time. I get to post paintings of nudes uncensored, though. *wink*

I love this latest selection. Elijah in costume but not in character is almost like a separate being - not quite the character and not quite the actor. It’s as if he’s in the midst of a metamorphosis, transforming from Elijah into Frodo. It’s just a delight to see.

If you read Mariole's post, below, you will see how much difference it makes for Elijah to be actually acting, for his Frodo to exist as a character. I thought she spoke to the issue well.
Mariole
mariole at 2005-11-19 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
I have always loved this sequence. It was one of the things that endeared me to Elijah when I first joined the fandom, that he was that open and good natured. Look at the third cap down; he doesn't at _all_ look like Frodo there, IMHO. He looks like Elijah with a wig! As if, when he assumes the character of Frodo, his entire face and bearing changes. Really interesting. I never noticed how striking the difference was before, until you capped it. :k
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-11-19 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he looks very different in this. Especially around the eyes, just the way he “holds” his face around the cheekbone/temple area is quite different. But I think it’s more than that. When I looked at this series, Mariole, I wondered if it wasn't from a dress rehearsal; taking lighting levels, etc., rather than a real take. The wig looks as if they hadn't prepped it for continuity, to match the way the wig looks in the rest of the filmed scene. He also does not seem to have his Frodo make-up on. That may enhance the effect of it seeming like, "Elijah with a wig." The over-all blurriness makes it hard to tell. The wig look cruder, like a coarse-outlined smear of dark, and his features a bit muddied. But the "shape" or "silhouette" of the wig does seem different to me.

Actually, the way he looks in this sequence reminds me of the way he looks in some of the "cart scene" takes, some of which I posted earlier. I remarked then that I didn't think film-Frodo looked "like himself" in those shots. Maybe the wig really was styled differently.

Still, I enjoy imagining the sequence as a little image of, "jovial Frodo".

After all, my fanfic Frodo does not look exactly like film-Frodo, either (although there is a strong resemblance *blush*).
taerie
taerie at 2005-11-22 21:32 (UTC) (Link)
I have to burst out laughing every time I look at this. How adorable!
How could anybody look at this and not be cheered up?
You are right though.. he doesn't look like Frodo. It's kind of mysterious how he can turn into him at will though..uncanny in a way.
If I squint my eyes a bit though and use my imagination I can pretend that this is Frodo.
Pictures of him laughing or even smiling are as precious as mithril to me.
Thank you!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-08 15:14 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome. Yes, laughing pictures are quite rare. I don't mind raiding the "Behind the Scenes" stuff to get them. If he doesn't look just like film-Frodo, that's OK. When I am reading and writing, my own inner picture isn't exactly the same as film-Frodo anyway, although it isn't exactly like these shots of Elijah in costume, either. But it's close enough to make these shots evocative of a "happy, early-days Frodo" for me.
julchen11
julchen11 at 2006-06-09 04:47 (UTC) (Link)
It's always the same, I am sitting here and I can't but smile. He's a adorable young man, I love those pics. Laughing Elijah-not-yet-Frodo-ones are so very rare. Perfect start into the new day my dear.
He looks so very different, very lovely Mechtild. I love your caps, always have and always will.
Now I can go for work, this day can't be bad.

Havea nice day sunshine!
Julchen
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-09 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much! I really do love this little series of cap, even if they aren't really Frodo. They are not really Elijah Wood, either. They are some intermediate person, I suppose!
julchen11
julchen11 at 2006-06-09 05:09 (UTC) (Link)
That's so true, but I love what I see. He's great! You can hear him laughing and this makes me smile again.
What a journal. I'm glad you've been so busy and your journal is that huge.
It's a great feeling to know - hey, when work is over you can visit Mechtild again. She'll be there, at home.
I love my friend-family!

Keep on smiling sweetie, it's soooo easy here at your place.
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