Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien based in Britain have made their own version of The Lord of the Rings movie, but this one has made its premier on-line. The World's Alex Gallafent tells us about The Hunt for Gollum.
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LISA MULLINS: We've got a quick note now on a new Lord of the Rings epic that's about hit the screens, online, anyway. It's been made in Britain by fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. They loved The Lord of the Rings movies so much; they wanted to make their own. This one is called The Hunt for Gollum. Here's The World's own Frodo, Alex Gallafent.
ALEX GALLAFENT: Did she just call me Frodo? We all know that it takes more to make a king than a broken Elvish blade. But what does it take to make your own 45 minute long Middle Earth movie? If you're Chris Bouchard, four and a half thousand bucks and a lot of help from your friends. It started small...
CHRIS BOUCHARD: With a couple of guys and just a camera and filming some stuff then we put our website up and more and more suddenly just more and more people wanted to help out, which is just absolutely great.
GALLAFENT: Some of those volunteers brought professional cameras and experience in special effects. The story came from an appendix to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. And the trailer looks pretty good. Good enough to be a professional calling card, maybe?
BOUCHARD: Yeah absolutely, but for now this is a way of getting experience, maybe showing what we can do without any money.
GALLAFENT: And without any Hollywood types calling the shots. The Hunt for Gollum is possible because it's not allowed to make a profit. A film by fans for fans, you can watch it free online starting Sunday.
MOVIE QUOTE: Our secret is no longer safe.
GALLAFENT: Could the power of the Studios have ended? Has the time has come for the dominion of fans? Maybe. Maybe not. For The World, I'm Alex Gallafent, and no you can't have my precious.
MULLINS: But you can find a link to The Hunt for Gollum at theworld.org.