Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fan Film Corner: Born of Hope

Templar Digital presents Fan Film Corner: "Born of Hope" inspired by "The Lord of the Rings" saga by The Actors of Work Productions.

LOWDOWN: A scattered people, the descendants of storied sea kings of the ancient West, struggle to survive in a lonely wilderness as a dark force relentlessly bends its will toward their destruction. Yet amidst these valiant, desperate people, hope remains. A royal house endures unbroken from father to son.

Set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by only a couple of paragraphs written by Tolkien in the appendices of the Lord of the Rings we follow Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people's history.

REVIEW: This is a fan film that is truly made the true Tolkien fans at heart. While the pace and storyline may get boring to any ordinary movie goer who is just going to see a movie, This movie is made directly for the Real and Honest Movie Buff especially for any real Tolkien Fanatic. This exceptionally well-crafted, fan-made, micro-budgeted film, while it takes great pains to share visual continuity with Jackson's films and does very well I may add, despite the tiny budget is long on dialogue and short on action, creating a feel in which is more consistent with Tolkien's "histories" or other stories such as Lost Tales and The Children of Hurin, than to his novels: The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Ring Trilogy. If you fall into the former category of fans, or geeks you'll undoubtedly be pleased by its complete loyalty and faithfulness to Tolkienian lore and stays true to its premise and depth of middle earth, the excellent casting, above-average acting, true-to-Jackson costuming and surprising cinematography and scoring. But if your only experience of any of Tolkien's work is The Lord Of The Rings films by Peter Jackson , you'll probably think the Orcs in this movie look lame and be really bored by it but it is still better then most makeup and is still worth watching by far.

OVERALL: "Born of Hope" was obviously made with love for the material and a passion that clearly shines through. I really enjoyed the attention to detail of Middle-earth's history. It is very brilliant for the small budget that was available to the filmmakers and the production value was on par with some of the best movies I've seen in theaters. I strongly recommend to look past it and enjoy this great film that Kate Madison has created and to my opinion is 20x better then "The Hunt for Gollum" fan-film by far and should be praised and appreciated by all fans and movie goers alike.
4 templar crosses out of 5
Entertaining especially if your a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings or any work by J.R. Tolkien



Directed by Kate Madison

Christopher Dane as Arathorn
Beth Aynsley as Gilraen, Arathorn's wife
Iain Marshall as Arador, Chieftain of the Dúnedain and father of Arathorn
Andrew McDonald as Dirhael, Gilraen's father
Philippa Hammond as Ivorwen, Gilraen's mother
Howard Corlett as Halbaron,* Arathorn's right hand and de facto leader of the Dúnedain after his death
Kate Madison as Elgarain,* a Ranger and friend of Arathorn
Matt and Sam Kennard as Elladan and Elrohir, twin sons of Elrond
Luke Johnston as Aragorn, son of Arathorn
Richard Roberts as Shaknar,* orc leader, chief villain of the film
Lewis Penfold as Gorganog,* orc commander during attack on Taurdal
*Characters created for the film, they do not appear in Tolkien's legendarium.

Website: http://www.bornofhope.com/Film.html

-Brian Lansangan
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