The Fellowship of the Ring takes place in the Second Age in the fantasy world of Middle Earth, after Dark Lord Sauron forged multiple corrupting rings as gifts to the rulers of Middle Earth. The central focus of the film, the One Ring, was forged by Sauron in addition to the other rings as a means to control the ring bearers in a plot to conquer all of Middle Earth. The One Ring was lost during a war between Sauron’s Orc army and an alliance of Humans and Elves. A Hobbit (a race of creatures portrayed as short humans) named Gollum finds the ring 2,500 years later and is shortly thereafter corrupted by its power. Another Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins finds the One Ring and takes it from Gollum. At Bilbo’s 111th birthday, Bilbo leaves his inheritance, including the One Ring to his nephew Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), a legendary wizard and a friend of the Hobbits warns Frodo about the corrupting power of the ring and also mentions a disturbance in the forces of the world. It is revealed that the rediscovery of the ring has awakened the dark lord Sauron, causing him to raise an even larger army of Orcs to try to retrieve the ring in a repeat attempt to conquer the world. Gandalf instructs Frodo to journey to the Sauron’s dark land of Mordor to destroy the ring in Mount Doom’s lava and defeat Sauron once and for all. The journey continues across Middle Earth as Gandalf forms the Fello...
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...ter Jackson, developed a program named MASSIVE to automate massive battle sequences. Actors would perform actions such as attacks with weapons, blocks, and charges, which were recorded using motion capture and stored as possible actions for the program. Every race had an individual set of actions that were characteristic of that race’s warriors. After registering over 100 separate actions, MASSIVE was capable of producing entire battle scenes in which every agent of thousands responded independently to their surroundings. This allowed for the largest scale computer generated sequences ever seen in a film. The sheer size and complexity of the battles in The Fellowship of the Ring with the use of Weta Digital’s MASSIVE, along with attention to detail of Tolkien’s universe within those scenes enabled expansive shots that were previously limited by a lack of technology.
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