I m a big fan of Peter Jackson, and I ve probably watched the behind the scenes appendices of the LOTR, The Hobbit and King Kong often that I ve watched the actual movies It s made me wish I were a lot younger so I could go to New Zealand and try and get a job in the movies down there Given that, it was nice to see that I could still learn some new things from this book However, I found the tone of the writing annoying The author obviously thinks Peter Jackson is a genius, which is fine, but often this book comes across as a hagiography Everything is filtered through this lens of PJ unable to do wrong, every idea, every contribution made by others, every single conceivable positive development is traced back to PJ being unerring and a complete monumental visionary Even mistakes are twisted to be part of some greater overall genius plan There is also a curious part involving the Hobbit where Jackson states that it was his idea to make it into three movies, but only recently it was also reported that he did NOT want to make three, but was pressured by the studio, leaving him with no time to adequately prepare for them leading to a lot of problems That s all pretty much glossed over in this book The author also injects himself far too often He was apparently invited down the NZ several times during the production This is fine, but I feel the book would be better served if it weren t done in such a biased manner I would use the J.W Rinzler Making of Star Wars books as an example of something like this but done much better Using photos and materials from Lucasfilm s archives instead of photos of the author trying on props A decent book, not a ton of new info if you ve watched the behind the scenes material something that I think PJ actually does do better than any other filmmaker but worth a read Maybe someday someone will put out a objective telling of these stories. I first read the LOTR books in the seventies and loved them I personally feel that the movies are actually better than the books, and thus really enjoyed reading this in depth behind the scenes account of all that went into those films They remain my favorites and I encourage anyone interested to go to New Zealand as I did, and experience that wonderful country for yourselves I didn t go to hobbiton, etc, while there, just enjoyed the people and the scenery.If you really loved the films and I rank them amongst the best films ever made , you will thoroughly enjoy this book, which delves into everything from it s difficult beginnings, choosing the characters and locations, etc. Author Ian Nathan does a thorough and entertaining job of chronicling the exploits of Mr Jackson, Mdms Walsh and Boyens, the crew, cast, and people and country of New Zealand in bringing Mr Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings from book to screen to LIFE This is THE definitive insider s guide a must read for any true fangirl or fanboy So much so that it made me want to go back and rewatch the films and DVD extras, now with a heightened awareness of what went into making them, and observing the nuances which I may have previously overlooked Only two negatives 1 would have preferred fewer details about the studio wranglings, false starts, and personalities who did or didn t help to get these films made, and about the moviemakers, cast and process, and 2 I d have been fine with fewer paragraphs discussing Mr Jackson s prior films and projects with all due respect to him , which I haven t seen Author Nathan knows how to spin a yarn when it comes to the machinations that went on to enable us to finally experience the amazement and technical wonder that is The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Unlike Mr J again, apologies, but thanks for indulging the fans I prefer the extended editions with their expansions on the characters, plot points and whimsy spoiler alert Eowyn is a bad cook and Aragon is 87 years old Overall, I highly recommend this book. This is a great book, but he really screwed up Luke Evan s name, and didn t mention Lee Pace or Thranduil at all I loved all the in depth stuff about the making of the Lord of the Rings, but he scurries through the making of the Hobbit and he makes it plain he doesn t think much of the second trilogy, which disappoints me.He also screwed up the name of the actor playing Bard it s Luke Evans, NOT Lee Evans The definitive history of Peter Jackson s Middle earth saga, Anything You Can Imagine takes us on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring brand new interviews with Peter, his cast crew From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory Lights A nine year old boy in New Zealand s Pukerua Bay stays up late and is spellbound by a sixty year old vision of a giant ape on an island full of dinosaurs This is true magic And the boy knows that he wants to be a magician Camera Fast forward twenty years and the boy has begun to cast a spell over the film going audience, conjuring gore splattered romps with bravura skill that will lead to Academy recognition with an Oscar nomination for Heavenly Creatures The boy from Pukerua Bay with monsters reflected in his eyes has arrived, and Hollywood comes calling What would he like to do next How about a fantasy film, something like The Lord of the Rings Action The greatest work of fantasy in modern literature, and the biggest, with rights ownership so complex it will baffle a wizard Vast Complex Unfilmable One does not simply walk into Mordor unless you are Peter Jackson Anything You Can Imagine tells the full, dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo s, and transformed JRR Tolkien s epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit Enriched with brand new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films stars, Ian Nathan s mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that film making really is anything you can imagine. This was an incredible book to read I loved every minute of it The amount of detail that Ian Nathan goes into is extraordinary If you re interested in Peter Jackson, directing, filmmaking, the film industry, and behind the scenes of how the Lord of the Rings was made, this is the perpect book for you.Every aspect of the Lord of the Rings production covered the battle of copyrights, the writing of the scripts, the building of miniatures, the creation of Gollum, the rendering of the massive battle sequences, the wrangling of the budget, the on location stories from New Zealand, the Extended Editions, and.The author also delves into the before after the trilogy days Peter Jackson s early filmmaking days, the LotR adaptations that preceded Jackson s trilogy, the legacy of the trilogy, The Hobbit production, and So not only do you get an extraordinary account of how Lord of the Rings was created, but you also get a very good overview of what preceded the trilogy and what made it possible for Jackson to realize his vision.One thing the book is genuinely well written One can tell that Ian Nathan knows how to craft a good book, and has been writing for many years I know some other reviewers have mentioned typos I did spot a few of those, and I wish the editor had caught them, but for a 500 page book, a few typos can be forgiven Though I do hope these get fixed in a future edition The couple typos I noticed were few and far between, and didn t distract me from the otherwise expertly crafted book.I highly enjoyed this book Recommended to any film student, Lord of the Rings fan, or lover of cinema.