If anyone hasn't yet seen the trailer, which premiered via the Hobbit films' official FB page earlier today, behold:
My thoughts on the trailer.( wheee )
Right after viewing the trailer, I ran into the fan film The Hunt for Gollum
on youtube, so I went ahead and watched that. I can't recall if I watched it before--I must really not have been in the mood for it, if I did, apparently--although I knew of its existence. While I was bored for the first ten minutes or so, I ended up quite liking it. For regular shmucks on a budget, it's quite a decent piece of work. I actually really loved their orcs, they still looked orcish but not monstrous (I realize this is probably just a function of not having a massive makeup and wardrobe budget, but I liked it). My biggest complaint is that these folks, who are clearly talented, could have made it their own thing instead of trying to pretend they're making Peter Jackson's films. It does suffer a lot from that "oh, cheap copy of Peter Jackson's work," which I find jarring as a viewer. If you've seen it, what are your thoughts?