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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' By The Numbers Analysis


Are you curious as to what it took to make “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” a reality? Here's a by-the-numbers look surrounding at the production and creation of this upcoming film (it's a pretty extensive list):
  1. Number of crew member whose sole job on set was to look after prosthetic hands: 1
  2. Years the textures department at Weta Digital worked on Smaug’s skin: 25
  3. Average days shooting on a single set: 26
  4. Inches that 15-year-old actor John Bell (Bain) grew over the length of production: 4
  5. Tons of silicon used to generate the facial prosthetics: 4
  6. Hours to complete hair, make-up, prosthetics and wardrobe for each of the 13 Dwarves: 5
  7. Average number of doubles used for each main character, including scale, stunt and riding doubles: 5
  8. Length of toupe tape used to attach beards to faces: 7 km
  9. Weeks of location filming on the Trilogy: 9
  10. Human hair for wigmaking: 10kg; Wigs created for the Dwarves: 91
  11. Average days it took to renew a studio with a new set: 104
  12. Tons of silicone used to mold all of the armor and weapons for all cultures: 14
  13. Polystyrene trees, used in various configurations, to make the Mirkwood set: 32
  14. People it took—including actors, doubles and stunt men—to portray 13 Dwarves: 65
  15. Age of the oldest vintage microphone used to record the score: 80 years
  16. Microphones used in the film’s scoring session: 88
  17. Musicians in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recording the film’s score: 95
  18. Studio sets built for the Trilogy: 99
  19. Hobbit feet for Bilbo: 100+
  20. Drivers needed to transport the cast and crew to New Zealand locations: 115
  21. Approximate population of the Trilogy’s art department: 250+
  22. Beards made for the production: 263
  23. Bottles of spirit gum used in the production: 300
  24. Traveling weapons for the 13 Dwarves: 547
  25. Crew traveling on location between two units: 800
  26. Bottles of isopropyl alcohol used to remove prosthetics: 860
  27. ‘Extras’ that needed to be cast for the Trilogy: 1200
  28. Hand-spun goblets created for Smaug’s Lair: 2000
  29. Props recorded in the furniture catalogue for Lake-town: 3000
  30. Approximate number of continuous hours the art department worked to build, decorate, and tear down sets. This involved different crews working 24/7: 8900 hours
  31. Prosthetics made for the Trilogy: 11,862
  32. Cups of coffee made by craft services throughout production: 140,000+
  33. Punched aluminum gold plated coins trickled over Smaug’s Lair: 170,000

A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures on Dec. 11, 2013.

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