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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 3 ~ Reunion with Bilbo, with jan-u-wine's "Rivendell Suite".

Posted on 2008.10.16 at 07:17

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(Anonymous) at 2008-10-17 15:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, we're in for a treat! A whole series of 'Rivendell' entries to look forward to. I love the first instalment, Mechtild ~ beautiful screencaps, as always. Jan's poems inevitably pierce the reader's heart, and this one is no exception.

I find Autumn both beautiful and melancholy, and I especially enjoyed reading your vividly descriptive account of your parkland walk: the old aquaduct; little wooden bridges; stone stairs and yellow leaves:

'Yellow leaves rattle like pennants overhead where the wind snaps the treetops...'

I can almost hear them. Wonderful!

By the way, I tried opening Rashki's music video too, but I could only get the audio to play. It's a beautiful song, with very poignant lyrics ~ perfect for LOTR.

~ Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-10-17 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Blossom, I'm so glad you stopped in. I hope you continue to present screencaps for these scenes yourself. You haven't done a slideshow set for CoE, I don't think, or Bilbo giving Frodo Sting and the mithril shirt (although you must have made a few caps, since these moments appear now and then in the music videos). Your caps are so unique (and big!), like individual art works. I want more!

Maybe I should do an ad for them in these posts? What if I put a little notice in at the bottom of each of this three-part section, something like....

"For another beautiful treatment of the early Frodo - Bilbo scenes, made from the widescreen edition, go to Blossom's In Dreams site [give link]. Look up the slideshow titled "My Dear Boy". There are two lovely animated displays of the caps featuring music and snippets of dialogue, or open the gallery for extra screencaps."

I mean, just look at the difference! Yours are not only richer than mine, the widescreen format shows more of the gorgeous setting (and other characters). I'm not throwing mine out, of course, because they make nice portraits, but Oh la la! for Blossom's screencaps!

Here's one of my fullscreen caps:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/mechtild/FotR%20-%20Rivendell%20II/Bilbo10.jpg


Here's one from your "My Dear Boy" gallery, from just the moment before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v382/mechtild/FotR%20-%20Rivendell%20II/MyDearBoy1a.jpg

WOW.

Edited at 2008-10-17 06:59 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2008-10-17 21:50 (UTC) (Link)
I think both the full-sreen and wide-screen versions of the films have their advantages. In my widescreen screencaps, I notice that the top of Frodo's head is often missing, whereas your full-screen captures have him complete to the tips of his lovely hobbity hair ~ the two caps in your links demonstrate this. For Frodo portraits (it's usually Frodo we are looking at!) I would say the full-screen is preferable.

I haven't yet made a slideshow for CofE or the Sting/Mithril shirt scene, though of course I do intend to feature them at some point. I have been working on several new slideshows and screencap sets ~ it's quite time-consuming tweaking each individual image, and often real life disrupts my good intentions ~ so I will be updating the site as soon as I can.

Of course you may link to any relevant material on 'In Dreams,' if you would like to, though I'm sure your own Rivendell screencaps/commentary and Jan's poems will keep your readers' attention firmly fixed here.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of this series. Thank you, Mechtild.

~ Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-10-17 23:23 (UTC) (Link)
I would be linking In Dreams as a public service! I would *hate* to miss seeing that stuff, and I am betting other fans still in love with Frodo would too.

As for widescreen vs. fullscreen, I do agree with you. I did a post once comparing the two, which was when I made the discovery that the widescreen version often became widescreen by cutting off the tops and bottoms of the original images. Fullscreen almost always produces better portraits.

But it's not that your widescreen caps are wide, it's that they're so gorgeously done. I do tweak all my caps individually, but to a rather modest degree. You do bolder things with the caps, which is why I think they come out like little art works in themselves.

I like having both. I always make manips, for instance, from my own screencaps precisely because they are not significantly altered (I'm usually just trying to make the images more visible on a computer monitor, sharpening and brightening), not ones that have already been notably photoshopped. But there's no getting around it that people who *do* make more changes to the original caps get some exquisite effects. So for me, I can't wait to see your next screencap/slideshow sets, *whatever* they are of.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-10-18 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
Blossom, just to let you know, I added a note to the bottom of this post, and am adding one to the bottom of the next part (just posted), and the one after that (still in draft).
(Anonymous) at 2008-10-18 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mechtild.

I see you have posted the next entry in the series. I'm heading there right now.

~ Blossom.

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