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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FotR TE Extras Caps ~ Miscellaneous Frodo

Posted on 2005.11.29 at 21:04
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Well, Christmas and New Year's are drawing near and I am going to have to knock this off for a while. I have one more set of screencaps to post after this. After those, I am going to make myself desist from preparing any more caps until the New Year. Holidays are crunch time at our house, especially for the mom-person....

Furthermore, I still have written almost nothing new in my story since last month. Obviously, I am all too content to seek more immediate gratification writing posts for LJ and messageboard threads. But that is going to STOP. *puts on serious face*

Anyway, here are my last three sets of Elijah-as-Frodo caps from the Extras. (My others are of Elijah as himself practicing sword work; these will appear in a separate entry since there are quite a few of them in the series.)

1. The profile shot.

Having looked through caps from the actual films for profile shots of Frodo to use in my Art Travesty manips, I know there aren't that many in which he has a clean face. Therefore, I leapt right on these. These two were the best focussed in the sequence.

I suppose it's silly to post both, since they are virtually the same shot, Elijah held himself so still. But there is the slightest, tiniest difference between frames that makes it impossible for me to choose just one.

(I know, I know. I'm hopeless....)

~ From the FotR TE DVD Extras featurette, Language:

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2. The in-front-of-the-flowers shot.

These were taken from another little featurette. I suppose they must be doing a light check. I liked the pensive, inward expression on EW's face in these, as if he were getting in character for the shot to come. These were the best focussed frame in the series. I liked the flowers, too. Again, the two shots are nearly the same, but I just couldn't decide which I liked best. *sheepish face* Perhaps I will look at them long enough to think of amusing captions for the lighting person to be thinking as he holds that meter up to Frodo's waistcoat.

~ From the featurette, Hobbiton Comes Alive:

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3. The following-Aragorn-into-the-Wild shot.

This series of caps is from a sequence shown in the film, although I am not sure the entire sequence made the final cut. It's from the part when Aragorn is leading them through the woods, and Frodo is explaining that if Aragorn were a villain, he would seem fairer and feel fouler.

I love this series for two reasons: the deep, jewel-like colours are gorgeous (ah, the Eyes, the Eyes!). I also LOVE the expression on Frodo's face. It is one book fans didn't get to see enough of in the films. Canny. Resolute. Strong. Determined.


~ From the SCI-FI channel's TV special, A Passage to Middle-Earth:

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Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2005-11-30 22:40 (UTC) (Link)
I think he seems exceptionally "clear-sighted" in that one.
(Anonymous) at 2005-11-30 09:36 (UTC) (Link)
…immediate gratification…

Ohhhh! Yes please! :D

I love the whole series you have generously posted in your LJ

Thank you Mechtild

mechtild at 2005-11-30 22:41 (UTC) (Link)
Estë, looking at photos of film-Frodo is always gratifying. *sigh* I am so glad you have enjoyed the series. I would spend all my spare time posting them (which is pretty much what I was doing), but I really must whip myself into some sort of writerly action!
mariole at 2005-11-30 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I know you can't post these caps forever, but I've really been enjoying them. And there's nothing wrong with a little immediate gratification now and then! *smooches you*
mechtild at 2005-11-30 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'll be posting them again, never fear. Heck, I even did a bunch of Flipper screencaps! (WHAT a cute teenager, even if he had to whine for the first hour.) But those and all the caps I've not yet posted from FotR all need to be tweaked and trimmed before they can be loaded into the Photobucket and properly posted. It's all rather time-consuming. Obviously, I enjoy it. I certainly get more pleasure out of it than staring at the first two pages of my "in progress" Ch. 13 of Threshold. (As anyone could guess!)
mariole at 2005-12-01 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I sense a procrastination here! Look, if I can make myself work on my smut entry, you can work on Threshold! Come on. *nudges you gently*
mechtild at 2005-12-08 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, maybe I should re-work the next chapter to have some smut in it. Then I could think of it as my "reward". *grin*
mariole at 2005-12-09 10:04 (UTC) (Link)
Whatever it takes! :-D
mechtild at 2005-12-08 23:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mariole. I've been enjoying them, too. I haven't had anyone in my real life to share any of this with, the pictures or the posting, so I really do tend to foam at the mouth, on line.
mariole at 2005-12-09 10:04 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, LJ and KD is my solace. My RL family and friends would not appreciate it. :)
mechtild at 2005-12-09 14:17 (UTC) (Link)
How true that is. Yet I do enjoy having a "secret life". I never did before.
taerie at 2005-12-01 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
You can't imagine how much mileage I am getting out of these. Your taste in pics is excellent.
That determined little face on Frodo.. God I love him.
mechtild at 2005-12-01 02:10 (UTC) (Link)
That determined little face on Frodo.. God I love him.

Yeah, me, too. If our internet server weren't being so ornery tonight, I'd say more. It is taking forever to show anything, and, when it does, it has a propensity to disappear or to say, "this page cannot be displayed".

Maybe it will have corrected itself later. *rolls eyes*
taerie at 2005-12-01 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
The one with the lighting guy in it.. It looks like the garden of bag end behind him, the steps and his hand is on what looks like the front gate. He is obviously in character with a sad and pensive look on his face. Nothing in the movie comes to mind here. Was this a deleted scene? He is not in any outfit we ever saw him in front of bag end in (I don't think.)
AUUGH! Where is all of the footage they obviously shot? You know somebodys got it. I want it sooooooooooo bad! I would pay big bucks for it. (Well, big bucks for me.)
mechtild at 2005-12-01 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
You are absolutely right. I can't think of any stills with Frodo in front of Bag End at all in the daytime except publicity stills (like the one in my default icon). He's wearing his brown velvet waistcoat from the beginning, though. It's still in good shape and he's not all dirty. I wonder if this was just part of a stills shoot? Yet, there might have been a scene snippet that never made it. Yes, taerie, it would be great to be able to get our hands on ALL the footage for these films. And, yes, I'd pay a lot of money "for me" to get a copy of it.
taerie at 2005-12-01 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
The only thing I can think of is Sam and Frodo coming home tipsy at sunset.. and that is obviously not Mr.Wood but his small stand in. (I am so compulsive that somewhere I have a picture of this but I have changed Frodo to look more like his correct proportions.)
Hopefully, somebody will realize what a gold mine they are sitting on and make it available.. or at least publish a book of stills. (We wants it, my precious.. oh yes...) I have all of the visual companions and art of books but not enough E.W. Frodo pics (Never enough.)
Thanks for feeding my habit.
mechtild at 2005-12-01 22:05 (UTC) (Link)
They were scale doubles coming home at sunset? I never thought that, not ever. I'll have to look again. Why would they bother to do that, since no Big People were in the shot with them?

I have the book on weapons and The Art of Return of the King. I don't have the Companions, though I check them out of the library occasionally. Such pretty pictures! I have been gathering all the volumes of the HoME, though; Letters, Unfinished Tales, some standard pieces of secondary literature, etc.

I'd love a book on just the costumes. Mmm mmm mmm.
taerie at 2005-12-02 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
Oh...sorry. I HATE to notice things like that and I do a lot cause my eyes are always on the hobbits when they are supposed to be somewhere else.
I assumed that they did it cause the outside of Bag End was little. That Photo-shoot that you have in your icon has bag end in the back and there is one of him with his pipe in his mouth on the front steps but they are all hard to judge scale by.
We see Gandalf go up the front steps to the door and it is tiny. We see Bilbo come out but we are looking at just the front door not the whole front yard. Despite all that I just said I don't spend a lot of time wondering about how they did the illusion I mostly just lose myself in it and believe in it.. so I really don't know how many fronts of bag end there were and how extensive they were.. I once, though spent a couple of enjoyable days drawing a map of bag end just for fun.. So I poured over the one in one of the art books and compared it and altered it to what we saw on the screen and it all ended up making sense. (I added bathrooms, cause.. REALLY!;-)
Anyway tourist pictures of bag end in NZ were very useful for this.. and from this I saw how very small bag end really was.. and what you can see from the front steps. There are more windows than you ever get to see in the film.(I even figured out where Frodo's bedroom WINDOW is!!!! Not sure I could get through it.. but it would be fun to try. LOL!)
mechtild at 2005-12-08 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
Well, whaddya know? That must be the first time the scale doubles actually did a good job - because they were playing drunkards! The other times they were in scenes it was ultra obvious, precisely because their postures and body movements didn't match those of the bigger actors they were doubling for.
maewyn_2 at 2005-12-01 05:13 (UTC) (Link)
Definitely swoon-time!

In the first instance, I can understand your difficulty in choosing one picture over another - can't do it - use them both!

I, too love the determined look on his face as he's coming toward the camera - and those glowing eyes!

mechtild at 2005-12-01 15:26 (UTC) (Link)

I, too love the determined look on his face as he's coming toward the camera - and those glowing eyes!

Yes, I could just spank Andrew Lesnie or whomever filmed the sequence for not keeping him in focus as he drew near the camera lens. The frames only get fuzzier after that. Ah, he's just ravishing in that sequence.
lembas_junkie at 2005-12-02 02:04 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Mech, I'll make up a little something for that screen cap with Frodo in the flowers and the lighting guy! :D

Lighting Guy: (to the Haremite waiting off-screen) Like this?
Haremite: ...a bit lower.
Lighting Guy: ...here?
Haremite: Just a tad more...
Lighting Guy: Um..
Frodo: *shifts*
Haremite: Allow me! *aquires object from Guy, holds it to Frodo JUST so*
Lighting Guy: W-ell, I...guess I'll just go check on...something...
Haremite: Aaaaand - ACTION!

(Anonymous) at 2005-12-02 07:44 (UTC) (Link)

mechtild at 2005-12-02 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't Lembas a scream, Estë? That's how she got Frodo to win "Man of Middle-earth" last year, on TORc.
mechtild at 2005-12-02 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know, Lembie-Bembie, that object the lighting guy is holding up may be giving a "no action" reading, judging from the look on Frodo's face. I remember watching a horror movie from the 80s (wish I'd never seen it; the murder scene still haunts me, although the film had laughs in it, too), called "Body Double," starring young Melanie Griffiths. She's a soft-core porn star and she's in a studio canteen talking up her work to a fellow actor.

Melanie: "And so I do a sort of exotic dance in it. Was I good, too."
Actor: "Really?"
Melanie: "Yeah. It was a number 10 on the peter meter."

Perhaps the lighting guy is not a lighting guy at all. Perhaps he works for the Haremites. And Frodo does not look as though he got a number 10 on the peter meter.

Peter meter Guy: "Not much happening. Sorry, Fro'."
Frodo: "Hmm?"
PMG: "I say, there's not much happening. You're only at 3. Can't you crank it up a little? This is a Harem film, after all."
Frodo: "Oh, right. Mmm. I know. You lasses, over there. If you might just lift your skirts, turn around, and bend over."
Lasses: "Like this?"
Frodo: "That's good. Now, wave your fannies back and forth. Ah... That's even better."
PMG: "Oh -- oh -- it's working, Fro'. You're up to a 7."
Frodo: "Only a 7? Lasses, hands and knees."
PMG: "Wow, you're going to bust the meter, little fella! Did I say, 'little'? Hey - wait - where you going? What about the shot?"
(Anonymous) at 2005-12-02 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you wholeheartedly Mechtild, Lembas is a scream.

You’re doing quite well yourself in the scream department.

Dare I mention it? Oh! go on Est you know you want to. Oh! alright then if you insist *rolls eyes *

British definition of fanny: noun. the female genitals. Its use may cause confusion in the U.s. where it means the buttocks. :D

You can delete this if it’s too naughty :)

mechtild at 2005-12-02 20:52 (UTC) (Link)
Estë, yes, you may certainly mention it. I am wondering if the U.S. is antique, do you think? I mean, Dickens would not have named his admirable heroine (Ebenezer Scrooge's sister) "Fanny," if it mean the same thing as "pussy" in that century. There were other nineteenth century literary heroines named Fanny, too.

In this spoof, I meant it both ways, considering the view that the lasses were presenting to 'Light Check Frodo'. I considered saying "arse" (U.S., "ass") but I decided, no, what they really were waving was both.

There is a Fellini movie ("Who's Fellini, Mommy?") that was kind of a dud, about Casanova (starring Donald Sutherland, not a good casting decision for the role), that had a scene I'll never forget. In it, Casanova is between the legs of a rich but unattractive matron and is having difficulty getting an erection. He signals to his mistress, a playful sort who happens to be lurking for this purpose. She enters the room quietly. The sighing matron can't see her, but Casanova can. The audience's view is oblique, but she is giving him the Haremite eyefull: skirts up, bum exposed, bent over while she wags her fanny=bum, and fanny=genitalia, all at the same time. The view has a very salutary effect on Casanova, who manages to perform properly for the rich matron.
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