It's been a bit quiet here in Wellington. It seems there's a calm before the approaching ComicCon storm of information maybe. (Completely irrelevant to this blog, but I gather even the super-awesome Miyazaki Hayao is going to attend the San Diego event this year - he rarely comes out in public at all!)
I haven't heard much in the way of juicy rumours and gossip, but I did hear this one a couple of times this past week - apparently the Weta Cave is looking to close its doors for a few days towards the end of July or so, to change all their museum displays around.
Apparently the only display to stay in its place will be the ghost dog from The Frighteners - it's very fragile, and they don't want to move it ever again, by all accounts. The story goes that Weta Workshop Manager Tania Rodger (who is also, incidentally, Richard Taylor's wife) moved it in to the cave personally, and wouldn't let anyone else move it again - if it was going to get damaged, she'd rather she was to blame herself.
I'm hoping we're going to see more Hero stuff - main characters clothing perhaps. Also, I sincerely hope they're leaving both Gollum and Lurtz in place - they're just too awesome to put into storage! Actually, what would be REALLY nice would be Minas Tirith - the 5.5m tall miniature of the 7-tiered city! I last saw that at the travelling LOTR exhibition, back in 2006, I think? Unfortunately there isn't much change of that since the ceilings aren't 5.5m tall... :(
*sigh*... there's so much cool stuff yet to be seen - I heard Richard Taylor himself state at an Australian convention that there were about 45,000 props made for LOTR, and that in 2005 they still took up 249 fullsized shipping containers! It seems crazy to me that it's in containers when the world so desparately wants to see it all!
In the meantime though - the message to anyone out there who hasn't seen the Cave up close yet - come quickly before they change everything - and then come again AFTER they've changed everything!
- Jack M.