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The conclusion of Peter Jackson's version  of JRR Tolkien's 'Lord of the  Rings'
trilogy had  not yet  come to  pass. While  most of  us were  looking forward to
seeing the third film, we had the  chance to go visit something that we  had not
seen before and will probably never  see again in this magnitude, the  chance to
view the props and meet some of the actors from the film trilogy itself.

The exhibition of the  props first started out  in PJ's hometown of  Wellington.
Supported by New Line, the exhibition got so many visitors to it that a decision
was made  quite quickly  to take  it round  the globe,  for people  all over who
wanted to view the exhibition. Some people hadn't even seen either the first  or
the second film, but this didn't stop people from going to visit.

The exhibition's first move  away from Wellington was  to the Science Museum  in
London, and this  was where I  got to see  it for the  first time. But  I wasn't
along in  seeing it,  I was  accompanied by  my girlfriend,  Paula, who I'd only
known for a couple of months or so  at that stage and this was one of  our early
dates out together.

So, on the day itself, we met up at the nearby railway station at around 12pm or
so (after some  minor hassles with  the trains) and  wandered up to  the museum,
which wasn't so far away. Both of us had been to the Science Museum before  many
years ago, when we were on school trips, as the museums themselves were  popular
destinations for these. We arrived a bit  early for the times on our tickets  so
we  got a  couple of  hot drinks  from the  nearby  cafe  in the  museum.  After
wandering around some of  the exhibits in the  entrance hall, it was  time to go
into the LOTR exhibition itself.

We admittedly weren't sure what to expect when we first went in, but the overall
dark  areas  of the  exhibition  set the  scene  very well.  There  was lots  of
information on display relating  to the making of  the films, with some  amusing
bits included about mishaps during takes.

There were a lot of interesting features there relating to different aspects  of
making the films. One was using the  camera trick used in the first film,  where
Frodo is placed next to Gandalf in Gandalf's horse-drawn carriage. To make Frodo
look smaller, he was  sat further away from  the camera, while Gandalf  was much
closer. With  the two  halves of  the picture  merged together,  it made  for an
excellent effect. It was possible to sit in Gandalf's carriage with other people
and  view the  perspectives from  different angles.  This technique  was  called
'forced perspective'.

There was an amusing short film about  the makeup stage for Lurtz, a new  leader
of the Orcs who's existence  was down to Peter Jackson.  He was played by a  guy
called Lawrence Makoare, who is very tall and is an interesting guy to meet even
in real life. One of  the funniest parts of it  was when some of the  makeup was
being applied  to him,  because it  took so  long to  make him  up completely as
Lurtz, there were times when he'd be sleeping (and snoring !) while the  process
was being carried out.

The exhibition generally was very interesting. Even though it was a Friday  when
Paula and I made  the trip down to  it, it was surprising  to see just how  many
people there were there. While it's true that the show itself was not  jampacked
totally, it goes to show just how popular the exhibition itself was. People  who
we spoke to  there were mainly  film-goers who had  seen the first  2 films, but
there were some for  whom LOTR was a  first cinema experience for  them for many

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