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Is Amazon’s Lord of the Rings at Risk of Losing Viewers in New Zealand?


Is Amazon’s Lord of the Rings at risk of losing viewers in New Zealand? It was recently announced that Amazon Studios will be moving the filming of its Lord of the Rings series from New Zealand to the UK. The first season of the upcoming fantasy epic was shot in the beautiful terrain found in the Oceania country, but the second season will be moving to pastures new. Kiwis have always been proud of their connection to J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth, and there is a chance that this move could risk angering viewers in the country.

Amazon May Have to Change Tact to Attract Viewers

The Lord of the Rings series has long been touted as Amazon’s answer to Game of Thrones. When the HBO fantasy finished airing, other networks quickly scrambled to cash in on the readymade audience and create something similar. The studio may need to copy various other elements from GOT’s successful model if it is to succeed, though, especially in New Zealand.

Many Kiwis will have been planning to watch Lord of the Rings so that they can see the famous filming locations in the country. But now that it is moving, viewers will need a different motivation to watch. One of the reasons for GOT’s popularity was its franchise model, which spread out into related games. Among the most popular was the Game of Thrones slot from Microgaming.

With sites like BetPal New Zealand highlighting the prevalence of gambling in the country, a Lord of the Rings-themed slot game could help to win some viewers over. Aside from the bonuses on offer at the various online casinos in the country, this could be a major draw to bring players in. After playing the game, these people may then want to explore the world in more detail by watching the series and vice versa.

Why did the Filming Location Change?

One of the reasons why Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm in 2001 was down to the choice of filming location. The stunning and varied landscape of New Zealand represented the spots in Middle Earth perfectly, and the country became forever associated with the saga. It went on to be used in the Hobbit series as well, and Amazon kept that theme going with the first season of its series.

Recently, it was announced that after twenty years in the country, New Zealand will no longer be the home of Lord of the Rings. The production company has moved its operations to the UK as part of a plan to expand its studio space in the country. Aside from filming the Rings series, Amazon plans to create several other UK-based films and series over the next few years. The UK has a hilly landscape and vast countryside, like New Zealand, so the shift of locations should be unnoticeable for viewers.

There is a chance that Amazon’s Rings series may lose viewers in New Zealand, who could feel betrayed by the location change. The studio will have to go to great lengths to keep these people interested, and this could be done by releasing related material that will appeal to them.

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Traveling by Film and TV


Traveling is an obsession of mine. Whether I’m visiting family in Florida, North Carolina, Mexico, Maine, or planning a cross-country road trip, I’m constantly keeping tabs on places I want to visit. When I’m watching a movie or TV show that shows me a new part of the world, I instantly mark the spot as a dream vacation. When I was studying abroad in London, I made sure to visit some of the Harry Potter filming locations, including Oxford University, where they also filmed some scenes from X-Men: First Class. And when I went to New Orleans this past year, I made a stop at the house used for American Horror Story: Coven. Here are five locations that I intend on visiting someday.


Courtesy of Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle — Downton Abbey
Located in Hampshire, England, this residence of Lord and Lady Carnarvon is open to the public during the summer months. Though it has been used in a number of shows and films, it is most recently known as Downton Abbey, home to the Crawley family.


Courtesy of Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House — Pride and Prejudice
This country home in Derbyshire, England acts as Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s estate in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice. With 105 acres of cascading fountains, gardens, farmland, and parks set near the River Derwent, this home is magnificently beautiful.

Courtesy of MGM/Columbia Pictures

The Scottish Highlands — Skyfall
One of the most breathtaking scenes in Skyfall occurs when James Bond is driving to his old childhood home and goes through Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. Due to the popularity of the site, however, guests and campers in the area have left trash behind, which is purely unacceptable and such a shame.

Courtesy of hobbitontours.com

New Zealand — Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in various locations throughout New Zealand, so it’s hard to just pick one place to visit. The Shire and Hobbiton scenes were filmed in Matamata, and the set built for Hobbiton is actually now a permanent attraction for fans of the series to visit. Wellington was transformed into a number of LOTR locations, including Kaitoke Regional Park, which was the inspiration for Rivendell, and Harcourt Park became the Gardens of Isengard. There are a plethora of places I wish I could mention, but a quick Google search will help you plan a whole LOTR trip.

Courtesy of Samantha T. Photography/Getty

Dubrovnik, Croatia — Game of Thrones*
This beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea acts as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. When visiting this city, you can explore on your own or embark on a Game of Thrones walking tour of the city offered by Viator.
*Just all of the locations used for Game of Thrones really
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Traveling by Film and TV was originally published in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2015 issue

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Review


Loaded with CGI special effects, an array of subpar sub-plots, and characters Peter Jackson assumes you’re going to know, Battle of the Five Armies manages to pull off, with a certain amount of success, an enjoyable spectacle that is heavy on the action, and worth the one last visit to Middle-Earth. The Lord of the Rings mythos is quite enchanting, and I should preface this next statement, and everything that follows after that, by saying that I’m a huge fan of the LOTR films. With that said, Battle of the Five Armies is not a film that can stand on its own. As a matter of fact, it feels like all it does is tie up loose ends from beginning to end, but I can’t deny that this is an epic visual experience, a popcorn movie at its finest.

Loose ends.

Beginning immediately where the last film (The Desolation of Smaug) left off, Bilbo, along with Thorin and his company of dwarves, watch in horror as Smaug lays waste to Laketown and all its people. The encounter between Bard the Bowman and Smaug is just a taste of what’s to come for the rest of the film; non-stop declarations of “war,” extremely extreme close-ups, overuse of dramatic slow-motion, and awesome scenes of violence and CGI. The main storyline of Bilbo takes a seat in favor of following the growing madness and inevitable slow-motion redemption of Thorin Oakenshield — oh, and all the other filler subplots (Tauriel/Kili,Gandalf/Galadriel, etc.) are sprinkled in here and there for action (and, probably, LOTR reference).The story falls short in its pacing, and instead of a well-tailored movie, we witness a patchwork of interesting scenes haphazardly scotch-taped together by a genius director with a ridiculously overblown movie budget; and that could have made the movie unenjoyable if it weren’t for the fact that, for the majority of the film, I was watching FIVE armies battle it out to the death before Erebor and the gates to the kingdom under the mountain. FIVE!

Seriously, FIVE.

I think it’s too early for me to make this call, but I believe that this film is, technically, the weakest of the three, because it spends most of its time tying up loose ends from its previous films while setting up the events that will take place in The Lord of the Rings films. There isn’t a definitive story here — well, one that’s not entirely that compelling to watch, probably because I can’t help but feel as if I’m sitting through the tail-end of a prolonged story that could’ve been told in a much shorter and more substantial two-part film (I won’t get into it). However, if someone were to ask me if it was worth watching, I’d immediately say “yes,” because why the hell wouldn’t someone want to watch a movie involving a dragon and thousands of goblins and orcs with giant trolls, facing off against legions of dwarves, elves, and men? I actually plan to watch it again, in 3-D, high frame-rate, and IMAX (if possible). Told you I’m a fan.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Review: Photographs courtesy of The Hobbit