With the third film in Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - scheduled for December 2014 release, film fans around the world can look forward to another exciting dose of Hobbit magic bringing the conclusion to the epic tale.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will complete the journey of Bilbo Baggins and company as they continue their quest to reclaim Erebor which began with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 2012) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 2013).
Along with the visual feast of epic New Zealand landscapes, movie audiences can once again expect to be impressed by Jackson's incredible appetite for detail in sets, costumes and visual effects.
The astounding amount of work that goes on behind the scenes and the attention to detail is a testament to the crew who have helped bring The Hobbit Trilogy to life.
Entirely on location
The Hobbit Trilogy was shot entirely on location in New Zealand over a nine week period. During this time 115 drivers were needed to transport the cast and crew to the 94 beautifully crafted set models created for The Hobbit Trilogy.
Beards also play a major role - a colossal 263 beards were made for production with 7km of toupe tape used to attach them to various faces. Nearly every actor in The Hobbit Trilogy sports a wig and 752 were individually crafted.
Four tons of silicon was used to generate the facial prosthetics needed to transform the cast from modern day men and women to inhabitants of Middle-earth. And, although there may be a mere 13 dwarves featured in The Hobbit Trilogy, it took 165 people, including actors, doubles and stunt men, to portray the characters.
Viewers received their first glimpse into Smaug’s Lair during The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but it was the second instalment - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that impressed as the awe-inspiring set was revealed in all its detail.
A massive 2000 hand-spun goblets were created for Smaug’s Lair; while 170,000 punched aluminium gold plated coins were trickled over the shimmering set.
The unsung heroes should be also given a mention - 140,000 cups of coffee were made by catering services that kept the cast and crew going throughout production of The Hobbit Trilogy.
The Hobbit Trilogy in numbers:
4 tons silicon — used to generate the facial prosthetics
7 km of toupe tape —used to attach beards to faces
9 weeks — location filming on the three films
165 people — including actors, doubles and stunt men — to portray 13 dwarves
88 microphones — used in the film’s scoring session
94 set models — created for the Trilogy
115 drivers — to transport cast and crew to New Zealand locations
263 beards — made for the production
752 wigs — nearly everyone in the films are wigged
2000 hand-spun goblets — created for Smaug’s Lair
40,000-plus cups of coffee — made by catering services throughout production
170,000 punched aluminum gold plated coins — trickled over Smaug’s Lair
Statistics courtesy of Film New Zealand
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey world première