‘The Hobbit’ by the numbers

Years of pre-production for the trilogy: 3

Number of days of principle photography: 266

Estimated budget per film: $250-315 million


Employed crew members: main unit 500; second unit 200; digital effects artists 850; art department 350

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Principle cast: 22

Drawings made by conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe: 5,000 (approx.)

Number of visual effects shots created by Weta Digital: 2,176

Digital cameras: 48


Sets: 115

Locations: 30

Helicopters used for location scouting: 5

People served by catering on location, per day: 580

Personalized hobbit holes in the Hobbiton set: 44


Total dwarves (including scale doubles and stand-ins): 39

Months of training in stunt fighting, horse riding, and “dwarf movement”: 3

Prosthetic make-up applications (noses, feet, hands, etc): 5,000

Liters of glue used for prosthetics: 20

Layers of sound elements used for a typical goblin grunt: 16

Musicians used to record soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios: 93

Formats for the film’s release: 6 (2-D in 24 frames per second, 2-D in 48 fps, 3-D in 24 fps, 3-D in 48 fps, IMAX 3-D in 24 fps, and IMAX 3-D in 48 fps)

Likes on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page: 668,000

Years Elijah Wood has aged since shooting “Rings”: 11

Days “An Unexpected Journey” was completed before its premier: 2

[Note: Some material drawn from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Production Videos,” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide” by Brian Sibley. Figures current as of press time.]