After almost more than 20 years apart, director Wayne Che Yip faced one of the challenges also faced by Peter Jackson in the two LOTR film trilogies.
It is curious that of all the special effects in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, one of the most complicated is the one that also brought Peter Jackson upside down more than twenty years ago. In an interview with ComicBook, director Wayne Che Yip mentioned that the height of the actors and their representation on screen was a difficult problem to solve.
The forced perspective "is hands down, was the hardest thing," the director admitted. "The most challenging thing in the whole show was making different actors different heights," a technique Peter Jackson also used to play with the perspective of the races of Middle-earth. Murphy's Law" came into play: "The actor that you needed to play the smallest character would actually be the tallest person in real life."
According to Che Yip, they did extensive planning. "One of our main goals was to try and make the experience as natural as possible for the actors. Because at the end of the day, if the performances weren't there, it didn't really necessarily matter whether we made someone look tall or look smaller. And so we worked very hard with the visual effects department to make sure that the actors could always, to some extent, act with each other."
More rudimentary technology and effects: what works well is what works well
Of course, the Rings of Power crew has "the latest technology," including state-of-the-art cameras, but he adds, "We also used the most sort of rudimentary, most old school techniques as well. Nothing was off the table as long as it looked right. If it looked right in the frame, then that was what we went with. Sometimes it was motion control, sometimes it was digging a hole in the ground or having someone be on their knees."
The sixth episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on Amazon Prime Video next September 30. After that, only two more will remain to close the first season (five in total are planned).
Source | ComicBook