I have a sizable collection of books detailing the production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and so I’m pretty sure I need to add this. Also this when it’s released. And oh man The Hobbit comes out on DVD on the 19th #bless this life!
Edit: Ordered it. And Preordered The Hobbit. Yes, I’m going to buy the extended edition whenever that comes out and whatever cray boxed set or whatever they end up offering once all three movies are out. Cain’t hold me down!
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins and his scale double Kiran Shah in The Fellowship of the Ring
When Kiran was fifteen years old he read the books, The Lord of the Rings. He always wondered if anyone would make these books into films. His dream came true in 1999 when he received a phone call from Peter Jackson asking him to meet for an interview and then asked him to work on the films.
Kiran Shah started work on The Lord of the Rings from August 1999 and for next two years was based in New Zealand. For next two years he was flying back and forth to do pick-ups on the next two films. He finished filming all three films at the end of 2002.
In these films Kiran was a scale and stunt double for Hobbits. He mainly doubled Frodo (Elijah Wood) but ended up doubling all five Hobbits. Scale double means that every time you see the hobbits looking small on screen maybe on a wide shot that’s Kiran you’re looking at. Kiran needed to study all the characters mannerism so it would look perfect on screen.
He was given a team of four little people, to train them to work in mask, movement and sword play. This meant that in scenes where four or five Hobbits were seen he didn’t have to cover all of the Hobbits, but ended up playing the lead Character in that scene. All the scale stunts were done by Kiran.
Kiran is Bilbo’s scale double in The Hobbit and despite all the elements that made the movie feel like coming home it was seeing Kiran standing in front of Bag End that really made it. Missed you, buddy.
Everyone can just stop trying because I achieved Ultimate Happiness at 11:05 this morning.
(NB4R 2 things: Denny’s social media brings total joy to my life on the daily and also if anyone will drive me to the closest Denny’s which is in New Jersey so that we may feast upon the Hobbit Menu I will love you always & 4ever.)