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Author Topic: The Hunt For Gollum - 40 Min. Fan-Made Movie  (Read 9909 times)
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« on: May 02, 2009, 05:25:33 PM »

The Hunt For Gollum, a 40 minute Lord of the Rings inspired, fan-made film will be publicly released online for free tomorrow (3rd May) for the enjoyment of fans. I have to say the trailers (see below) look utterly riveting, I hope it's out before I go to bed tonight!!

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The story follows the Heir of Isildur; the "greatest huntsman and traveller in Middle Earth" as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer.


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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 04:58:52 AM »

How is this movie? Is it kinda like Star Wreck?
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 06:05:16 AM »

Huh?

It's a prequel to LOTR, following The Hobbit near as I can tell. It's not a spoof, which I think is what you're asking.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 03:06:04 PM »

Interesting. When I click the URL it pops up Firefox's download window as if it were trying to download something.

Anybody got a working link to the video now that it's May 3rd?

EDIT: This one works for me:

http://www.thehuntforgollum.com/updates.htm
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2009, 03:46:09 PM »

Having only seen the video and not read anything else about it, I'd have to say it's pretty good, especially for what I am assuming is "fan-fiction" about Gollum.

Nicely done.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009, 03:47:00 PM »

Oh well, I saw it. And I most say. It's a brilliant effort they have put into this movie. I really enjoyed viewing it
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2009, 03:51:02 PM »

For those of you who aren't interested in watching it from your browser (it's a bit lame...), here are some direct download URLs:

80x60
320x240
512x384
848x480
1280x720

VLC is capable of playing each of these.

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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2009, 03:52:25 PM »

80*60. Hahahahah Oh god
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2009, 03:54:42 PM »

What the heck is on2? Never heard of that format before O_o
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2009, 03:56:19 PM »

Sorry, fixed my post. It's just an alternate name for FLV apparently. Same codec and whatnot.

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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2009, 04:02:45 PM »

Those links don't seem to work here. Perhaps the "&key=blabla" part is bound to cookies, session, ip or something?
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2009, 04:08:40 PM »

Those links don't seem to work here. Perhaps the "&key=blabla" part is bound to cookies, session, ip or something?
I block cookies, so it can't be that... I'll work on it when i get to work.

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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2009, 04:10:58 PM »

Meh.  undecided



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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2009, 05:56:54 PM »

Meh.  undecided
Care to elaborate hertz man?

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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2009, 06:22:51 PM »

Looks like they've taken down the HD version, I can't get it from anywhere. LAME!!

It's available on torrent sites in FLV and AVI, guess you'll have to try it there.

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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2009, 06:48:18 PM »

Yes, is the meh for the links or for the movie effort?
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« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2009, 09:41:52 PM »

Meh.  undecided
Care to elaborate hertz man?

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Sorry E. Just me being crotchety. smiley

Visuals were nice, and bits of it were good, but I just didn't care for it overall. I felt the screenplay was lacking, even if the CG work was impressive. Amazing length for a fan piece however! Most of these things only run about 3 minutes.

On a positive note, these folks didn't mangle any elements in the original story. Which is more than I can say for Walsh, Boyens, and Jackson. (I'm still irked by what they did to several key plot points and story elements in the New Line Cinema release - and I don't buy their reasons for why they believed such changes were necessary. Angry )

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P.S. This link seems to work just fine: http://www.dailymotion.com/huntforgollum

This HD link works:

http://www.dailymotion.co...lum-hd-version_shortfilms   

If you're using Firefox, Download Helper and FlashGot add-ons also seem to work with this link if you wanted to grab all 289MBs of it.





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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2009, 11:07:12 PM »

Nicely done... much better than I thought, and much better than most fan efforts.
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2009, 01:26:33 AM »

Don't know how you managed top get your hands on the 1280x720 version Hertz Man, but congrats. I got ahold of the 512x384 version here.

I also was very pleased with the story. I thought everything except the sound was excellent, for what it was. I didn't go into expecting it to be of LOTR proportions, but I'm certainly glad to have seen it. The sound really needs to be normalized, it hurt my ears in parts, and I wanted it to be louder than max in others.

Don't worry about being crotchety Hertz Man, we all have those days smiley

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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2009, 03:50:47 AM »

On a positive note, these folks didn't mangle any elements in the original story. Which is more than I can say for Walsh, Boyens, and Jackson. (I'm still irked by what they did to several key plot points and story elements in the New Line Cinema release - and I don't buy their reasons for why they believed such changes were necessary. Angry )
Glad I'm not the only one who feels that way - people usually try to tell me off with "a movie adaptation can't follow the book by the letter", "you're just grumpy" et cetera. Well, sure, I didn't expect a by-the-letter adaptation (duh!), but some of the changes are just... reason enough to plant an axe somewhere fleshy.
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« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2009, 11:28:24 AM »

I thought everything except the sound was excellent, for what it was. I didn't go into expecting it to be of LOTR proportions, but I'm certainly glad to have seen it. The sound really needs to be normalized, it hurt my ears in parts, and I wanted it to be louder than max in others.

I had that same problem, and didn't even realize it until my wife told me that she and the kids could hear it upstairs, and that it sounded like thunder at times...
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« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2009, 12:22:56 PM »

I'll wait until they release a proper version via bittorrent. Flash usually gives me problems with synchronization of audio and video. I want to watch it with my most favorite, reliable media player and not with the my most disliked, proprietary browser plug-in...
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« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2009, 01:45:22 PM »

It is on bittorrent afaik.
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2009, 07:38:15 AM »

The releases I found were re-encodes of the flash version.

Here's to hoping The Hunt for Gollum won't be treated like Damnatus...
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2009, 02:10:58 PM »

That was the best fan film I've ever seen (not counting the professional fan films in Be Kind Rewind tongue ). Awesome work by all the people involved!  Thmbsup
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