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Two weeks out from the first installment of The Hobbit, Wellington is officially bonkers. Official events include:

* Banners everywhere promoting The Hobbit
* Hobbit silhouettes on the post office building
* Bag End door installation at Wellington Embassy theater
* Gollum installation at airport
* Traffic blocked/cut off downtown on day of movie premiere with parade
* Front page articles about Hobbit in local paper every day for past 2 weeks
* Hobbit stamps
* Hobbit collector's coins
* Hobbit market downtown this weekend
* Hobbit window dressing competition

Unofficial events include lots of bar parties - ale will be quaffed. The festivities were not so elaborate nor entrenched when I came down from Auckland for the TT and RoTK premieres. This should be, for a Tolkien fan, fandom paradise. Also, traffic at my fan site, and related correspondence, is up and positive. And yet...

I have heard from several folks that the people making this movie happen are under huge deadline stress about it, 100-hour weeks, not leaving the studio, etc. God knows what they're not saying. Dream jobs turn into nightmare jobs when workplace rights are swept aside. This fandom delight of a movie and associated festivities is a privilege, not a right decreed by Warner Brothers. If it takes longer to produce this media spectacle to allow the creators to rest and have lives, I've got no problem with that.

Date: 2012-11-19 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danjite.livejournal.com
Workplace rights? Those are only for employees, of which Weta has literally almost none.

Weta has contractors.

Date: 2012-11-19 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
So nobody has a "dream job" at Weta, then...just a contract!

Date: 2012-11-19 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perelleth.livejournal.com
Yes, as Danjita said.

I suppose it was different with the first films,, they all felt part of something simply big, and part of that fandom too, and now they're just slaves for big money. That's how it is.

Date: 2012-11-19 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Despite these unhappy labour practices, Weta do seem to be delivering the fan-delighting goods so far. They must have kidnapped a Tolkien fan and dissected them and run neurological tests to create a theme song that would play on our heartstrings. I've been compelled to listen to the Neil Finn song 17 times. They even put anvil sounds in it.

Date: 2012-11-19 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perelleth.livejournal.com
sorry,, that was me. forgot to log in.. ;-)

Date: 2012-11-20 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teaforme.livejournal.com
Wow. I can't wait for the film but all that commercial stuff seems pretty overwhelming.

I hope that the magic hasn't gone out of it completely, and that the people creating it aren't being treated as slaves. That is a depressing thought.

Date: 2012-11-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Am currently dealing with the dreadful conundrum that a) the contractors are being overworked/treated badly in cases and b) the creative results do seem to be evocatively magical and making my fandom heartstrings thrum. I'm reminded of the paradox in Ursula Le Guin's story, "The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas."

Date: 2012-11-20 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khaybee.livejournal.com
Don't forget the hobbit themed baggage claim at the airport! We should go take your photo with the "Bilbo Baggins eyes" sometime soon!

Date: 2012-11-20 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
I'll get the elf gown out! Thank GOD for stretch velvet, I say....

Date: 2012-11-20 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
I still can't believe the movie's actually coming out!

Agree with you about delaying the debut of the movie if it's impossible to meet it without massively overworking everybody in the process. I want the movie to be great, and how can that happen if everyone working on it is over-stressed?

Date: 2012-11-21 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Despite the hideous pressure they do seem to be producing a great movie.

Who would have thought, nine years ago, we'd be doing this ALL OVER AGAIN??

Date: 2012-11-21 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
Frankly, it makes me feel old. :D

Date: 2012-11-21 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] richdrich.livejournal.com
I'm told that the key thing is the pre-christmas cinema slot. With several hundred million developed-world children to be entertained (the other billion kids get sent to collect goat poos), having a film in this is a near certain earner. A film in late January when the northern hemisphere is back at school is not.
Hence the need to have it ready in time.

Date: 2012-11-21 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
When I think of some of the mandatory-fun holiday activities I was subjected to, goat poo duty sounds pretty good.

Date: 2012-12-03 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coyotegoth.livejournal.com
I was just going to write, and ask how all that was going. Instead I'll say, how are you?
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