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    ‘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.]