The Lord of the Rings | Series orcs were made with practical effects

In a recent interview with IGN, designer Jamie Wilson and producer Lindsey Weber talked about the process of creating the orcs in the Lord of the Rings series.

The creatures, whose first images were released this week, are made almost entirely using makeup and practical effects.

Weber: “When they are close to the camera, Orcs are really made for practical effects. And in the places where the visual effects team helps, it’s to put in larger numbers when we need larger quantities than you could muster on a movie set. We did a lot of planning to know in advance which artists would be closest to the camera, because it was really important for us to have them all as much on camera as possible to get everyone in the mood, and make it feel real while we were filming.”

Wilson: “We decided early on that we were going to try to make this a very real show. So we tried to use real prosthetics and minimize the visual effects, because there are hundreds of productions that are heavy on visual effects, and you can see that the human eye is getting better and better and knows what is real and what is not.”


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The Lord of the Rings series produced in Amazon Studios brings to the screen for the first time the heroic legends of the Second Age of Middle-earth. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of the main works of JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take audiences back to a time when great powers were forged, and kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin. Unlikely heroes will be tested, and hope will be dangling from the thinnest of threads, and the greatest villain Tolkien ever created has threatened to cover the entire world in darkness.

Starting in a time of relative peace, the series follows an important group of characters, with new and familiar figures, as they confront the resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the depths of the Mountains of Mist, to the fabled forests of the elven capital Lindon, to the isle of Númenor, and the deepest corners of the map, these realms and characters will carve out their legacy, something that will be etched far into history.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arrives in the Prime Video catalog on September 2.