Amazon Prime’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to be the most expensive TV show ever created. Part of the reason for the high cost is the desire of the makers to use practical effects wherever suitable and possible. One place where they will do this is with the Orcs.

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From IGN

The original Peter Jackson trilogy used makeup and prosthetics. By the time The Hobbit trilogy rolled around there was heavy reliance on CGI. Some Orc character creations were fully computer generated.

Orcs Rings
From IGN

In an interview with IGN, as part of their exclusive first look, executive producer Lindsey Weber joined up with the head of the prosthetics department, Jamie Wilson, to talk about their approach. Wilson said:

“We did decide from the outset that we would try and make this a very real show. So therefore, we tried to use real prosthetics and everything and minimize the visual effects, because there are hundreds of productions that are heavy on visual effects, and you can see it, that the human eye is getting better and better and knows what is real and knows what isn’t, because we are just getting so deluged with all this product that you begin to know.”

In the interview they went on to discuss where they did deploy CG in conjunction with the practical makeup and prosthetics.

“A lot of [VFX work comes in] when you get into stunts and action, some of the stuff the human physically can’t do. So therefore it turns into a visual effect. So there was a lot of that. Also, a lot of stuff with prosthetics is beasts and creatures that then need further enhancements or whatever.”

Weber talked the design, and how the timeline has influenced any chnages they made. She said the Orcs have been altered slightly to be:

“…part of a wilder, more raw, Second Age, Middle-earth, closer to where the First Age ends.”

The Lords of the Rings: The Rings of Power will arrive on Amazon Prime on September 2nd.

Orc-rings
From IGN

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