The Long and Short of It (2003)
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To me this is really about the spirit of Peter Jackson's trilogy and the bonds that were formed. It's just a really sweet and endearing little film with some astonishly big names attached to it.
The short is very well directed (hey Sean, you're pretty good!) and the actors are priceless: just look at Andrew Lesnie's face!
Of course, LOTR fans will enjoy it immensely: if you've bought FOTR, the extended edition, you're obviously going to recognize everyone: Lesnie is LOTR's wonderful director of photography, and the other two characters of this short movie are stunt doubles.
Don't miss the closing credits, they're hilarious.
This is hardly on the scale of "The Lord of the Rings" - especially when one considers that it was made with some materials borrowed from the epic for one afternoon. Nevertheless, it is a very nice short film that is well worth five minutes of anyone's time.
I found the making of documentary to be quite humorous, with Andy Serkis describing his plot - even more insidiously evil than Gollum's plan to steal the One Ring - to rise through the ranks of the production crew :).
I would give this film four out of five, with the fifth star always being reserved for the films that are unspeakably wondrous, so there's no shame in not getting it, especially as small a picture as this.
I hope this little film met the criteria for inclusion in the Oscar race -- I would be delighted to cheer this to a win in the spring.
Poignant music and a gentle, direct story make this a delightful short film. Through the use of very expressive faces and good camera work, Sean Astin gives us a little jewel of a short film, focusing on the value of cooperation and the idea that each person, no matter how small, (or tall) may have an effect on the world. It also portrays simple kindness, given and returned.
A great little film for us all, but is especially well suited to showing children how we can all lend a hand to accomplish more than each could individually.
Many, many thanks to Sean Astin and all the wonderful Lord of the Rings folks who added their talents to this charming beauty.
Although, the best part had to be when Peter Jackson was the bus driver, and there was so many references to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It never really hurts to pimp yourself, does it?
Sean does an excellent job, and I do hope him much more success in his film making endeavours. Sean is quickly becoming one of my favourite movie actor's, never mind writing and such. Amazing! I love this!
But the film is probably about the Movies all members of the crew is From ,LOTR. And as the tagline says "it's all about Collaboration", and Astin give it a twist, it's not Viggo, Elijah, Liv, Sean, Cristopher or one of the Ians we see in the film. No he takes the crew, the unknown people behind the camera, or wigs and makeup, and makes them the stars and makes the Stars from LOTR crew, great fun. Even Peter Jackson has a cameo in the film.
The Film is with out words, just people thinking alike and helping each other with out exchanging words. Collaboration.
I enjoyed it, both because of the story of the crew and cast, and because it is a short and lovable story.
Cinematographer, Andrew Lesnie, does a great job in his acting debut as the grizzly painter! The part fits him well! Fon Chansantor is perfect and brings a smile of your face the first time you see her on screen. I can't forget to mention "Tall Paul" Randall who does delivers a fine wordless performance as well!
Congratulations to Mr. Astin on such a fine short. I've seen a lot of short films, but this is on of the best and my most favorite live-action short I've seen to date.
NOTE: Look for a cameo by Peter Jackson. It's pretty obvious which one he is!
This movie are for fans of Sean Astin and short film. People who like silent film will enjoy this dialog-less story as well. It might also be of note to anybody with The Two Towers, where this film is planted.
A pity it is not on the Extendet Edition but it's worth looking it!
I think it also shows how tight were the bounds created during the shooting of the Lord of The Rings, not only between the actors but actually between the whole crew.
It's 5 minutes of a sweet and touching movie
But what I really liked about it was the story behind it: All of the cast and crew were on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and cut their spare time short to make this idea of Sean Astin possible. That amazes me, but it also shows that the togetherness of the Lord of the Rings crew was really there big time and is not, like so often, empty sales-babble and evasive interview answers. I am absolutely sure that this film is a small gem for those crew members who were concerned with it and that it conveys very intense emotions and memories from the time the Lord of the Rings was shot. The film is dedicated to the late Brian Bansgrove, who inspired it, as Sean Astin says on the Two Towers DVD, and I think that he can be very proud of being remembered in such a sweet way.
From the technical point of view, criticism can be given in some areas (for example there's nobody to sell the fruit or the whole no-lines-attitude might be interpreted as film school sneer), but who am I to criticise such efforts? The circumstances under which The Long and Short of It was made clearly leave not much space for improvements, and the director's performance in the Lord of the Rings shows his talent. So my point is clear: A precious little side dish, small nut nonetheless delicioius, a must have seen for PJ Fans, a should have seen for many. And its message is one that should be heard more often these days.