When we say ” do it big “.
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power , the long-awaited series inspired by Tolkien’s work, are now available on Prime Video and are a real feast for the eyes.
As we know, Amazon has invested a lot in this production, going so far as to spend over 700 million dollars (not counting the 250 for the rights) and most of this money has been used for the many visual effects present in the series.
As reported by Variety , more than 20 VFX companies, 1,500 artists from all over the world, were involved to create the 9,500 visual effects present in as many shots .
- Industrial Light & Magic
- Weta FX
- Rodeo Visual Effects Company
- Method Studios
- Rising Sun Pictures
- Amazon S3
- Amazon Studios Technology
- Blackmagic Design
- Rebel Fleet
- Cause and FX
- Creative winery
- Company 3
- Atomic Arts
- Outpost VFX
- The Third Floor
- Plains of Yonder
Ron Ames , VFX producer, talked about the approach used for the series:
Our focus was on the 65-inch home screen, but we made sure that technically it could work beautifully on any screen, even IMAX.
The plot of the series
Prime Video ‘s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will bring the heroic legends of the mythical Second Era of Middle-earth history to screens for the first time. This epic drama takes place thousands of years before the events narrated in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings , and will take viewers into a distant era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms ascended to glory and fell into ruin, unlikely. heroes were tested, hope hanging on the thinnest of threads, and one of the greatest villains to come out of Tolkien’s pen threatened to plunge the whole world into darkness.
Starting from a moment of relative peace, the series follows a group of characters, some already known, some new, as they prepare to face the feared return of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island of the kingdom of Númenor, to the most extreme places on the map, these kingdoms and characters will build a legacy that will survive far beyond their time.
The cast includes Robert Aramayo (Beldar), Markella Kavenagh (Tyra), Joseph Mawle (the antagonist Oren), Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), Maxim Baldry , Owain Arthur , Nazanin Boniadi , Tom Budge , Ismael Cruz Córdova , Ema Horvath , Tyroe Muhafidin , Sophia Nomvete , Megan Richards , Dylan Smith , Charlie Vickers . Charles Edwards (The Crown), Will Fletcher (The Girl Who Fell), Amelie Child-Villiers (The Machine) and Beau Cassidy .
The creative team
JA Bayona (The Orphanage, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) directs the first two episodes and serves as executive producer, along with his partner Belén Atienza .
Showrunners are JD Payne and Patrick McKay , also executive producers.
The other EPs are Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).