This is the second 'Lord of the Rings' film made by a fan I have encountered in as many weeks. If you thought 'Born of Hope' was made on a shoe string budget, this film was made on thin air, if not a vacuum.
This film cost the princely sum of Â£3,000 to make and it is absolutely fantastic as is 'Born of Hope'. It makes you wonder why the large film and television production companies have not put their every efforts into mining the great seam of Tolkien's work.
This film is different in feel to 'Born of Hope' but with sharp editing and the dialogue is not as poetic. But 'The Hunt for Gollum' comes across as much more slick and professional as opposed to the raw, charming offering by Kate Madison (director of 'Born of Hope) and co.
This is the major difference between the two films and it is difficult to say which is the better for it because they both have very different strengths.
The scenery locations are extensive and well thought out and I have to say that it is just a superb job by Chris Bouchard who isÂ the film's director, writer, producer, and part soundtrack composer. How talented can one man be? all very unfair.
The quality of acting is also second to none and the camera work is inspired for a very low budget film with all shots well thought out and some pretty damn good fight scenes.
Adrian Webster (an actor to watch out for) is superb as Aragorn and I never thought I would say that after watching Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of Aragorn.
I have difficulty believing it cost Â£3,000 to make because it really does look that good and you can watch it for free on You Tube or the main web site for 'The Hunt for Gollum'.
It would be a joy to see Chris Bouchard and Kate Madison team up with some serious financial backing to expand on the film catalogue ofÂ the 'Lord of the Rings' universe and delve into the lesser known works ofÂ J.R.R. Tolkien for some inspired releases….my precious.