The (Unofficial) SilmFilm Organization Project©

Octoburn

Active Member
I wondered what the best format for it would be too.. I'd think it would be most helpful for looking it up if you could see a list (just a bunch of named folders can do) of all the places/costumes/topics there are visualisations on and then open the respective folders and find the contents and maybe a text file summarising the discussion on it.
I was thinking something along the same lines, but if you did it as a Slides it could be all in one place, not having to open separate image and text files.
Perhaps there is a way to do both. Have a character profile in a Google Doc with "Lineage" link that takes the reader to the appropriate family tree image file.
On thing that may work is putting the genealogy image at the top of a file that has that character subset within it, that way you can refer to the genealogy as you go through the characters of that subset.

The whole idea of having a file for each subset (Noldor,House of Beor, etc) could be impossible to do though, as the genealogies start to merge, i.e is Earendil included with Noldor or house of Hador? But I think doing one document for every single character would be over-cluttered.

How easy is a fandom wiki to set up and maintain?
I thought about this as well, but have pottered about with fandom/wikis format a bit and never really got the hang of it.
 

Haerangil

Well-Known Member
Genealogies are tough... i made one with familyecho for the arthurian characters...involving several hundred characters...
It turned out unreadable, but i could screenshot snippets of the whole thing and add them to character articles so... it was still useful.
 
I always thought it was part of the fun of the Silmarillion to learn the lineage patterns. Probably one reason I’ve ended up joining this group lol. But seriously, great idea to organise this material.
 

Haerangil

Well-Known Member
Gee, really? I thought and still think it is hell on earth.Also so contradicting at times...
I still struggle to get the family relations in my head and most time i fail.
 

MithLuin

Administrator
Staff member
Ah, true, I chose an invented character specifically because there would be more to talk about! So, yes, 'original character invented for Silm Film' would be the pertinent info there.

And I agree that a family tree would be a more useful place to show all relationships, but I think there should be *some* connection given in a bio page like this - either a parent or spouse or child to show how this character connects to the story. For the main characters, we obviously don't have to include all their connections.


Maedhros
Citizenship: Fëanorean
Gender: Male
Titles/Aliases: Lord of Himring
Status: Alive (for now)
Seasons: 2-?
Parents: Fëanor and Nerdanel
Significant items: Missing Right Hand (from Season 4 on)
Adaptational decisions: 'practical' in his evaluation of political situations, childhood best friend with Fingon, main advocate for fighting Morgoth
Biography:
Season 2: Childhood and role in Fëanor's feud with his half-brothers
Season 3: Role in the Rebellion of the Noldor, Kinslaying, betrayal of Fingolfin. Stands aside at the Shipburning, agrees to meet with Sauron after the death of Fëanor, imprisoned in Angband
Season 4: Rescued by Fingon, cedes crown to Fingolfin, urges attack against Angband, removes Fëanoreans to East Beleriand, attends Mereth Aderthad and Galadriel's wedding in Nargothrond. Has Narsil commissioned for Aegnor.
Season 5: Reinforces Himring, attempts to make alliance with the Dwarves, turns down Fingolfin's offer to attack Angband, defends Himring successfully during the Dagor Bragollach
Season 6: ???
Season 7: Plans Union of Maedhros with High King Fingon, allies with Easterlings, survives Nirnaeth Arnoediad, loses Himring
Season 8: TBD
Season 9: TBD
 
I think it’d be more helpful to not solely approach the breakdowns from a plot perspective but primarily from a character perspective. I think often discussions of the broad strokes can lean toward adapting moments from a work and it isn’t always until the writing stage that emotions and wants are made plain. It’s easy to put the cart before the horse is what I’m saying.

As someone newly approaching the project (which this organisational approach would lend to) I think it’s vital to lay out characters wants, needs, goals, temperaments and who they clash with, who they relate to. It’ll make things much easier for writers writing future seasons to refer back to these and see where characters have been and consider where to take them. Then we can be led by serving our characters and finding the emotional hooks in Tolkien’s work and not simply converting moments.
 
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