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The Long and Short of It (2003)

A workman gets some unexpected help from two people of vastly different sizes.

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Sean Astin

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Sean Astin (screenplay), Sean Astin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Andrew Lesnie ... Grizzled Painter
Praphaphorn 'Fon' Chansantor Praphaphorn 'Fon' Chansantor ... Woman
Paul Randall Paul Randall ... Tall Man
Peter Jackson ... Bus Driver
Fa Suluvave Fa Suluvave ... Extra
Philippa Race Philippa Race ... Extra
Sophie Brewster Sophie Brewster ... Extra
David Williams David Williams ... Extra (as Dave Williams)
Barrie M. Osborne ... Extra
Phil Shaw Phil Shaw ... Extra
Perry Norris Perry Norris ... Extra
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A bedraggled painter is in way over his head. His back hurts. His ladder is broken. It seems he may never be able to hang an enourmous pastoral painting. Then... as chance would have it, two strangers, very different in size but equally benevolent in heart, wander his way. With the help of a kindly little lady and a gangly good-natured giant, our every-day artist overcomes his dilemma and fulfils his day's work. Three worlds unite. Ranging from 3 1/2 feet small to eight feet tall, they finally step back to admire their collaborative efforts... What is revealed is that they have not been working together on a painting after all; rather, they have collaborated in posting up an unlikely automobile advertisement, which between the three of them none are likely to be able to afford or make use of because of their particular stature. But have no fear -- they are all able to take advantage of the public transit system. The grateful painter joins his new acquaintances for the trip home. The ... Written by Sean Astin & Josh Tundra

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New Zealand | USA

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English

Release Date:

January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

И длинно, и коротко See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Short movie filmed in New Zealand by Sean Astin during the making of the Lord of The Rings movies using High Definition Digital Video camera equipment that LucasFilm was demoing for Peter Jackson - Astin asked the Lucas Film crew if they could stay an extra day so he could use the camera to shoot his short film. It stars many cast and crew members from the Lord of the Rings films, including a cameo appearance by the director, Jackson, as a bus driver. See more »

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In the "Making Of" on the The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers DVD (Region 2), the copyright date at the end is MMMII (3002). See more »

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Che Gelida Manina
from Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly Rodolfo
Performed by Roberto Alagna Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Courtesy of Decca Record Company - London
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises Copyright © 1999. All Rights Reserved
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A charming little flick
30 October 2004 | by yawgmoth_742See all my reviews

It was a typical weekend in Wellington, New Zealand when Sean Astin borrowed a camera or two from the "Lord of the Rings" set to shoot a short film he had written.

This is hardly on the scale of "The Lord of the Rings" - especially when one considers that it was made with some materials borrowed from the epic for one afternoon. Nevertheless, it is a very nice short film that is well worth five minutes of anyone's time.

I found the making of documentary to be quite humorous, with Andy Serkis describing his plot - even more insidiously evil than Gollum's plan to steal the One Ring - to rise through the ranks of the production crew :).

I would give this film four out of five, with the fifth star always being reserved for the films that are unspeakably wondrous, so there's no shame in not getting it, especially as small a picture as this.


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