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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ in numbers

The second instalment of New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy is set to hit the big screens in December 2013. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and company as they continue their quest to reclaim Erebor.

Diverse landscapes
The diverse landscapes of New Zealand will once again be on show when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released - but it is not just cast, sets and immediately visible vistas that will impress audiences.

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 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.

Smaug’s Lair
Viewers were given a glimpse into Smaug’s Lair during The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and are likely to be impressed by the awe-inspiring set when it is revealed in the next instalment.

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: The Desolation of Smaug 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 Trilogy
• 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

More information:

The Hobbit Trilogy

Excitement builds for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The wonderful world of Sir Peter Jackson

New Zealand: A film-makers paradise

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey world première

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