Collaborative Cinema: The Hunt for Gollum
By Teddy Zareva
These days, there seems to be an ongoing cultural contention that anyone, armed with a cheap little digital camcorder, can make a movie. Being filmmakers ourselves, we have received it with a healthy dose of skepticism.
But a group of Lord of The Rings fans and enthusiast filmmakers showed us that anyone can indeed make a Hollywood-like movie in their backyard.
Well, sort of.
The Hunt for Gollum is an unofficial, collaborative prequel to the Peter Jackson trilogy. Directed by Chris Bouchard, the film is completely independent — meaning it was produced solely by the fans, and no one got paid. In Bouchard’s words,
We made this purely for the enjoyment of the material and the experience of making a high quality low budget film.
And don’t let this “experiment in low-budget filmmaking” fool you, because watching the trailer makes it very, very hard to believe it isn’t an authentic Peter Jackson prequel to the trilogy.
Then there’s this admittedly hilarious teaser.
And we think that’s the freeconomic future of the entertainment industry.
Published May 4, 2009