While most fans are waiting until December for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ to hit theaters, several school kids at the Tower House Preparatory School for boys have decided to do something more creative instead. They got together and made their own ‘Hobbit’ film!
Seventy boys between the ages of eight and thirteen formed the cast of the Tower House ‘Hobbit’ film and while their movie was produced on a shoestring budget, they were still able put together a 90 minute feature which includes a CGI dragon. Filming occurred throughout various locations around the country over a 16 day period and the father of one of the actors assisted the school boys with production and editing through his company.
The head of the Drama department at Tower House and director of the film, Paul Geary, has said of the children’s work, “The boys showed great dedication to this project which shows the quality of drama that a school can produce. It was our ambition to do something totally unique, something no other school has ever done. As far as I am aware we are the first prep school to do a full feature-length film.”
This is quite an accomplishment for a prep school especially for Tower House who can boast about some notable acting alumni who have passed through their halls which include Tom Hardy (‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, ‘Inception’) and Robert Pattinson (‘The Twilight Saga’ franchise, ‘Cosmopolis’).
The film premiered to school parents and staff last week but to get a glimpse of what young Tolkien fans can do with some hard work and determination, we have a “trailer” from the film for you to see below.