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The definitive history of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga, Anything You Can Imagine takes us on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring brand-new interviews with Peter, his cast and his crew. From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory.

Lights

A nine-year-old boy in New Zealand’s Pukerua Bay stays up late and is spellbound by a 60-year-old vision of a giant ape on an island full of dinosaurs. This is true magic. And the boy knows that he wants to be a magician.

Camera

Fast-forward 20 years, and the boy has begun to cast a spell over the filmgoing audience, conjuring gore-splattered romps with bravura skill that will lead to Academy recognition, with an Oscar nomination for Heavenly Creatures. The boy from Pukerua Bay with monsters reflected in his eyes has arrived, and Hollywood comes calling. What would he like to do next? 'How about a fantasy film, something like The Lord of the Rings?'

Action

The greatest work of fantasy in modern literature, and the biggest, with rights ownership so complex it will baffle a wizard. Vast. Complex. Unfilmable. One does not simply walk into Mordor - unless you are Peter Jackson.

Anything You Can Imagine tells the full dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo’s and transformed JRR Tolkien’s epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit. Enriched with brand-new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films’ stars, Ian Nathan’s mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle-earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that filmmaking really is 'anything you can imagine'.

©2018 Ian Nathan, 2018 Andy Serkis - foreword (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fantastic

This is a great story for aspiring creative and entrepreneurial people. Big projects do take years, and LOTR was the largest independent film project of all time. Peter Jackson is a great role model for those independent types who want to beat their own drum, on their own terms.

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  • ulla
  • 05-28-18

The extended extended documentaries

As a huge lover of the lord of the rings ESPECIALLY the documentaries provided in the extended edition DVDs, this book brought me more knowledge about the making of LOTR, the cast and crew and the difficulties they faced that were only hinted at in the documentaries. I have always had a huge respect for Peter Jackson and his team’s work and during the book’s progression I found myself ping-ponging between thinking of them as ordinary people doing extraordinary things and thinking of them as godly. What they did with middle earth is amazing.

TL;DR I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Ben Cowell-Thomas
  • 06-22-18

enjoyable

an excellent book, really well read. highly recommended for anyone with a love of film writing.

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  • gregg
  • 06-09-18

Outstanding

A deep and facinating look at the world behind middle earth. Some great sections linking to stories already told in the behind the scenes dvd release but with more detail and explination.
Tristrams narration is excellent, with voice changers for actors and staff which are great