Forging Realms for The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arrived on Prime Video with a five-season commitment and a reported budget that would make it the most expensive TV series ever produced. Inspired by the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, the show is set in Middle-earth’s Second Age, thousands of years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s main tales, and tasked a trio of cinematographers — Alex Disenhof, ASC (Watchmen); Aaron Morton, NZCS (Black Mirror); and Óscar Faura, AEC (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) — with executing the series’ technically daunting battle scenes, capturing its sweeping vistas and accentuating the artistry of its meticulously crafted sets.
Picture: Disenhof (with viewfinder) and Swedish/French director Charlotte Brändström frame a mountaintop exterior in New Zealand.