Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The definitive history of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga, Anything You Can Imagine takes us on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring brand-new interviews with Peter, his cast and his crew. From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory.
A nine-year-old boy in New Zealand’s Pukerua Bay stays up late and is spellbound by a 60-year-old vision of a giant ape on an island full of dinosaurs. This is true magic. And the boy knows that he wants to be a magician.
Fast-forward 20 years, and the boy has begun to cast a spell over the filmgoing audience, conjuring gore-splattered romps with bravura skill that will lead to Academy recognition, with an Oscar nomination for Heavenly Creatures. The boy from Pukerua Bay with monsters reflected in his eyes has arrived, and Hollywood comes calling. What would he like to do next? 'How about a fantasy film, something like The Lord of the Rings?'
The greatest work of fantasy in modern literature, and the biggest, with rights ownership so complex it will baffle a wizard. Vast. Complex. Unfilmable. One does not simply walk into Mordor - unless you are Peter Jackson.
Anything You Can Imagine tells the full dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo’s and transformed JRR Tolkien’s epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit. Enriched with brand-new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films’ stars, Ian Nathan’s mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle-earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that filmmaking really is 'anything you can imagine'.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 3 minutes|
|Author||Ian Nathan, Andy Serkis - foreword|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 May 2018|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 952 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
5 in Entertainment & Performing Arts
17 in Individual Directors
31 in Biographies of Actors & Entertainers
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This book perfectly captures the spirit of filmmaking that was so evident in the Appendices of the Extended DVDs and fans of those will find so much more to enjoy in this book.
Now that has been adressed by this publication which is a pretty definitive account of the making of the trillogy including all the studio politics and battles to even get the films made at all. I read it in two sittings, I had to sleep at some point, and found it a riveting read. If you are interested in what is involved in preparing, financing and makig a massive movie trilogy I would really recomend that you read this.
Jackson and the cast and crew are really interesting subjects, and it was EXTREMELY revealing to read about the importance of Fran Walsh's contributions to the films. So much so, that giving the "Peter Jackson and..." title to the book ended up feeling a little insulting. And although the author is a good enough writer, some of his comments were a little too snarky (he definitely had something against other contemporary franchises, such as "Star Wars" or "Harry Potter"), or TOO positive towards Jackson (apparently he's pretty much a flawless genius... at least to him). So yeah, there was a lot to like, but at the same time, it could have been better. I hope someday we'll get a definitive "Making Of" book of these films, more similar to the equivalent publications for the "Star Wars" movies. One can hope!