Went over to Apple's Quicktime Movie Trailer web page this week to take a look at the new stuff. While there, I followed some successive links and found myself looking at KongisKing.net, where they have video diaries posted from the set and post-production of the new King Kong remake by Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame.
Now, I am a big fan of all that "making of" and behind-the-scenes stuff, so I gobbled it up.
The weird part was, I started getting all emotional, because I felt like I was having a conversation with some friends I had lost track of over the last couple of years.
To explain, I own the Special Extended Edition of all the Lord of the Rings films, each of which comes with 6 hours (or more) of behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews, and suchlike. After 3 years of watching these things (and boy, I did watch them, many, many times), I started to feel like I was getting to know the players, and not just the actors, but the crew, the greensmaster, lighting techs, all the people that were given a little face time to talk about their craft in those 20 or so hours of video documentaries.
Seeing Andrew Lesnie, Peter Jackson, Phillipa Boyens, and all the other people that went from working on the Rings films and into Kong, was disturbingly like getting to catch up with a group of old friends.
I have never met any of these people. I do not actually know any of them. Hell, I never even write fan mail as it always seems to me to be a waste of mine and their time. Still it felt really, really good to watch them talk about their wok again.
I am way more of a geek than I thought I was…