Inspirations For Contract
Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit
Notable Features: The Links between the 2 Films
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy is a flowing narrative of epic proportions. The Fellowship Of The Ring was released in 2001, with The Two Towers and The Return Of The King being released in 2002 and 2003 respectively.
The trilogy follow hobbit Froddo Baggins, as he sets off on a journey across the fictional world of Middle- Earth to destroy The One Ring To Rule Them All, and with it, it’s creator, The Dark Lord Sauron.
Bilbo Baggins, Froddo’s Uncle, is a main character is the trilogy, however he is also the main character in Peter Jackson’s recent film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). The Lord Of The Rings was originally a series of Novels by J. R. R. Tolkien, and The Hobbit is also a book by the same author, set in the same fictional world and centered around the same main characters, however it tells a completely different story. The Lord Of The Rings tells the story of Froddo, however The Hobbit tells the story of a young Bilbo Baggins and his backstory, which in turns reveals more about The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy in why Bilbo is so connected to The Ring. One film slightly adapts the story of the other.
I realised when I was in the Cinema watching The Hobbit that its links with The Lord Of The Rings is akin to the links between our 5 – 7 Minute Film, Convictions and our Major Project Film, Contract. During Convictions, the audience sees a Stranger in a hotel room being threatened at gunpoint, but in Contract, we reveal the backstory of the Stranger and the narrative centers around him and not the Protagonist in Convictions. I believe that this is a clever way of connecting the 2 films together.