Dwarves might be small, but everything else on The Hobbit was BIG. A 266 day film shoot was a huge undertaking, and required a great deal of effort by a great many people, before, during and after filming.
The statistics make for mind boggling reading; it was estimated that 3,000 people were employed- one thousand on the studio payroll, one thousand at Weta Digital and roughly another thousand at Weta Workshop, Park Road Post and casual contractors. There was a welcome flow-on in spending to other businesses around New Zealand such as:
- 6,750 domestic flights
- 93,000 bed nights
- 1,800 rental cars
- 1,650 work vehicles
- $9 million spent on construction materials
- $1.5 million on food suppliers
By 31st March 2013, spending on The Hobbit, prior to pickup shooting was reported at US$ 561 million.
Now for the fun stuff- the weird and wonderful stats from The Hobbit shoot, coutesy of Tourism New Zealand
- 32 polystyrene trees to make up Mirkwood Forest.
- 165– the number of people it took to portray the dwarves, including actors, doubles and stuntmen.
- 263 beards made for the production.
- 547 travelling weapons for the 13 dwarves.
- 752 wigs
- 3,000 props recorded in the furniture catalogue for Lake Town.
- 11,862 prosthetics manufactured.
- 140,000 cups of coffee made during the duration of filming.
- 170,000 punched aluminium gold plated coins in Smaug’s lair.
One hobbit, 13 dwarves, 60 second unit studio crew, 95 musicians to record the score, 115 drivers to transport cast an crew to locations, 250 craftsmen in the Art Department, 450 main unit studio crew, 1,200 extras