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March 1st, 2006

Well, before I hunker down to get something done around here, I thought I'd post a few screencaps I made over the weekend.

This short series of screencaps come from the scene in the forest in which the hobbits are escaping from the Black Rider. I found this scene quite exciting in the film. Howard Shore, as always, did a great job with the scoring, and I thought the sound editors did a super job choosing horse noises. They outdid themselves finding a recording of a horse whose whinnying sounded this guttural, even tortured. It added wonderfully to the sense of threat and maniacal menace already established by the visuals (the make-up they did around the horse's mouth, and especially its feet and hooves was perfectly loathesome; I loved it). I suppose they tweaked the real horse sounds, but they did very well. The sound of that horse made me think of artworks depicting horses with smoke and fire poring from their nostrils, like dragons....
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~ Frodo evades the Black Rider in FotR, full-screen edition of the theatrical version:

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