The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power star Tyroe Muhafidin explained how the Prime Video series used practical in-camera effects to create Mordor.
In an interview with CBR, Muhafidin, who plays Theo in the series, was asked about filming Episode 7, “The Eye,” which sees the Southlands covered in ash following the eruption of Mount Doom. “It was crazy,” he said. “I think those were the most memorable days on set, because I remember feeling absolutely uncomfortable. I think they were putting this kind of glue on us and then throwing away: the ash was made of potato in the costume. So it was weird. But it was so easy in the scenes to imagine that you, because you know, Theo is going through this ‘I’ve lost everything’ moment, so he’s very, very defeated.”
The actor went on to explain that the realistic nature of the setting meant that “it wasn’t hard to find the character at all because you just had to look around.” He also explained how the series created the red dye in the environment after the volcanic eruption. “The crazy thing is that it wasn’t actually all red, they used the camera lens, so I remember seeing the shot for the first time and going ‘Wait, how did you do that? That’s crazy!’ Actually, everything was white, it looked like snow.”
In the same interview, Muhafidin also explained the work that went into the fight choreography for the rings of power. Most notably, a two-minute fight scene between Muhafidin’s Theo and an orc in Season 1, Episode 2, “Adrift,” actually took almost two weeks to film. “They make it look so easy in the movies because they all do it so fast and so well,” Muhafidin said. “But it’s like we spent about 10 months in the gym for that scene.”
Go behind the scenes with The Rings of Power
Prime Video recently announced “The Making of the rings of power“, which will make new behind-the-scenes content available via Prime’s X-Ray feature and offer an inside look at the eight-episode first season of the rings of power. Along with behind-the-scenes footage, “The Making of the rings of powerIt also includes interviews with the cast and crew and exclusive clips on production design, costumes, visual effects, stunts and more.
Season 1 of the rings of power featured several large-scale settings throughout Season 1, but co-showrunner Patrick McKay teased that Season 2 will be “bigger and better” on “every level… by an order of magnitude.” Executive producer Lindsey Weber also mentioned that season 2 will feature some “big” moments originally intended for season one. According to Weber, season 2 will be “tougher, more intense, maybe a little scarier” now that Sauron’s true identity has been revealed.
the rings of power Season 2 began filming in the UK in October. Season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available to stream on Prime Video.