Yesterday we posted Part One of our published article LESSONS FROM LORD OF THE RINGS (co-written with author Elena Greene). Today we post the second part of our article. Warning: though hard-cord nerdiness is helpful when reading the following, it is not essential. Good writing transcendes the genres.
3. Tap into sources of inner conflict to create character arcs
The filmmakers made controversial changes regarding the character of Faramir. Denethor does not appreciate this second son, a less outwardly bold man than his brother. While guarding the eastern border, Faramir waylays and questions Frodo and Sam, who are on their way to Mordor to destroy the Ring. Taking this powerful object seems to offer Faramir not only a chance to save his beleaguered country, but also to win his father’s respect. In Tolkien’s version, Faramir allows the hobbits to continue their mission, saying he is “wise enough to know that there are some perils from which a man must flee.”
The filmmakers made a different choice: [Read more…]