I saw in the DVD extras on the sound-work for Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers a special section about how they created the Tree-Beard voice.
Some of the video footage shows the voice being recorded on set with a Schoeps MK41 with no popscreen about 4 feet away from the actor and the actor was even holding up his script. He was also projecting/yelling like he was on a theater stage...
This couldn't possibly be the track they used for mixing, right? It had to have been just a guide-track and for reaction purposes for the hobbits hanging off of him on set.
I would hope they re-recorded his voice in a booth or sound stage without the ambient noise and paper shuffle and off-axisness of that mic.
Does anyone know? Tim, do you know how they ended up recording John Reese Davies as Tree-Beard?
If it actually was the audio from the set, I am in awe of whoever edited that dialogue and mixed it... Sorry if this is a random question - it's been bugging me for a while how they did this.