Just finished watching The Hunt for Gollum – a 40-minute film based on the LOTR appendices and shot in the style of Jackson’s films – which tells the story of Aragorn chasing Gollum’s trail shortly before the events of the first film.
The British-made film was shot on HD video and made on a production budget of only $5,000; the cast and crew were volunteer fans. Footage from the Jackson films is integrated, and the principle characters, Gandalf and Aragorn, look and sound much like McKellen and Mortensen. Gollum’s appearances are brief but exactly like the feature film’s. There’s a remarkably well-choreographed fight scene about halfway through the film. And while you might guess at times that the production is working on a budget, you’d never figure it was one this tiny. Very worth watching for fans of the series.