Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Hobbit: By the Numbers

It took 13 empty wine barrels in which the Dwarves escape
Thranduil’s Realm in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Photo: Warner Bros.
Just how big of a production is “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?” It’s huge. Recently Warner Bros. released a list of numbers detailing just how many people does it take to portray 13 dwarves, how many kilograms of human hair was needed and how many sets needed to be built.

1 
HOBBIT: Bilbo Baggins
DRAGON: Smaug
CREW MEMBER to watch over prosthetic hands
ELVENKING: Thranduil


2 
WIZARDS: Gandalf and Radagast     

3
Number of CHILDREN belonging to Bard
FILMS in the Trilogy

4
 INCHES that 15-year-old actor John Bell (Bain) grew over the length of production
TONS OF SILICONE used to generate the facial prosthetics

5
HOURS to complete hair, make-up, prosthetics and wardrobe for each of the 13 Dwarves
Average number of DOUBLES used for each main character, including scale, stunt and 
riding doubles

6
Number of WEEKS it took to build Beorn’s house

7
KILOMETERS OF TOUPE TAPE used to attach beards to faces

8
LEGS on the giant Spiders infesting Mirkwood Forest

9
WEEKS of location filming on the Trilogy

10
KILOMETERS OF HUMAN HAIR for wigmaking

13
DWARVES: Thorin, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Bofur, Bombur, Bifur, Oin, Gloin, Dori, Nori and Ori
Empty WINE BARRELS in which the Dwarves escape Thranduil’s Realm

14
TONS OF SILICONE used to mold all of the armor and weapons for all cultures

25
Number of YEARS the textures department at Weta Digital worked on Smaug’s skin

26
Average DAYS shooting on a single set

32
POLYSTYRENE TREES, used in various configurations, to make the Mirkwood set

40
BUILDINGS on casters that make up the Lake-town set

48
FRAMES PER SECOND: Higher frame rate used for the Trilogy

60
2nd unit studio CREW MEMBERS

65
NUMBER OF PEOPLE it took including actors, doubles and stunt men to portray 13 Dwarves

80
The AGE of the oldest vintage microphone used to record the score for 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

88
MICROPHONES used in the film’s scoring session

91
WIGS created for the Dwarves

94
SET MODELS created for the Trilogy

95
Number of MUSICIANS in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recording the film’s score

99
Number of STUDIO SETS built for the Trilogy

100
Total 2nd unit location crew MEMBERS
Total costume department CREW
Hobbit FEET for Bilbo

104
Average DAYS it took to renew a studio with a new set

115
Number of DRIVERS needed to transport the cast and crew to New Zealand locations

250
Approximate POPULATION of the Trilogy’s art department

263
BEARDS made for the production

300
Bottles of SPIRIT GUM used in the production

350
Off-set crew MEMBERS

400
COSTUMES created for Lake-town

450
Main unit studio crew MEMBERS

547
Traveling WEAPONS for the 13 Dwarves

800
CREW MEMBERS traveling on location between two units

860
Bottles of ISOPROPYL ALCHOL used to remove prosthetics

752
WIGS. Nearly everyone in the film is wigged

1,200
EXTRAS that needed to be cast for the Trilogy

2,000
Hand-spun GOBLETS created for Smaug’s Lair

3,000
PROPS recorded in the furniture catalogue for Lake-town

5,000
Approximate POPULATION of Lake-town

8,900
Approximate number of continuous HOURS the art department worked to build, decorate, and tear down sets. This involved different crews working 24/7

11,862
PROSTHETICS made for the Trilogy

140,000
CUPS OF COFFEE made by craft services throughout production

170,000
Punched aluminum GOLD PLATED COINS trickled over Smaug’s Lair

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters on December 13, 2013.

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