Continuity In the barrel riding scene just after Kili is shot in the leg, Tauriel arrives carrying her bow in her left hand. In the next shot the bow is in her right hand: she nocks, draws, and shoots with her left hand.
Continuity There were 13 barrels, one for each dwarf. Bilbo had to hang from the side of a barrel because there wasn't one for him to ride in. But after Bombur's barrel broke, he was able to jump into an empty barrel floating along with all the others.
This movie was nominated for three Academy Awards 2014-- Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
Benedict Cumberbatch shared that he is not just the voice of Smaug but is Smaug.
Dragon fire can melt all 13 dwarves and the rings of power, except the One Ring.
With teeth like swords and claws like spears, Smaug's slashing power equals that of a party of dwarves or elves armed to the hilt.
With a tail like a thunderbolt and wings like hurricane, Smaug's whipping tail is many times stronger than the other infamous whiplash in Tolkien's world: the Balrog's.
Smaug is covered in iron scales and a layer of hard gemstones encrusted on his soft underbelly after centuries of lying on the treasure hoard.
The dragon's scale is as strong as the mithril shirt that saved Frodo from a powerful spear thrust in The Lord of the Rings.
Smaug is exceptionally smart - having great knowledge of each piece in his treasure hoard, sharp deduction ability and crafty persuasion.
Smaug was centuries old when he attacked Erebor, which occurred 150 years before the events in The Hobbit. Like the elves, he will live forever unless he is slain.
Smaug's treasure is not a mound but a mountain of wealth.
1200 extras were needed to be cast for the Trilogy.
860 bottles of isopropyl alcohol has been used to remove prosthetics.
This movie had over 800 crew members traveling on location between two units.
About 547 traveling weapons can be spotted with the 13 Dwarves through the film.
263 beards were made for the production.
Approximate population of the art department that worked on this film goes up to 250.
115 drivers were needed to transport the cast and crew to New Zealand locations.
Over a 100 Hobbit feet were made for Bilbo.
99 studio sets have been built for the Trilogy.
95 musicians in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recorded the film’s score.
88 microphones were used in the film’s scoring session.
The oldest vintage microphone used to record the score is about 80 years old.
While you see only 13 dwarves on screen, it took 65 people including actors, doubles and stunt men to portray them.
It took a 104 days on average, to renew a studio with a new set.
About 10 kgs of human hair was used for wigmaking and about 91 wigs were created.
It took 9 weeks of location filming on the Trilogy.
If the toupe tape used to attach beards to faces was laid out, it'd measure up to 7 kms.
Average number of doubles used for each main character, including scale, stunt and riding doubles was about 5 people.
It took 5 hours to complete hair, make-up, prosthetics and wardrobe for each of the 13 Dwarves.
4 tons of silicon was used to generate the facial prosthetics.
15-year-old actor John Bell (Bain) grew over 4 inches in the length of the production.
The number of days shooting happened on a single set, was an average of 26.
It took 25 years for the textures department at Weta Digital to work on Smaug’s skin.
One crew member's sole job on set was to look after prosthetic hands.
Evans, who plays a pivotal character Bard in ‘Desolation’, was finally able to use his own accent for a film role after Philippa Boyens made him audition in his natural brogue.
The voice actor for Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman never met on set.
Jed Brophy appears in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' as Nori. His son Sadwyn Brophy appeared as Eldarion in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'.
Robert Kazinsky was cast as Fili and had filmed a few scenes, but left the project and returned to England about a month after filming started due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Dean O'Gorman.
Both Ian Holm and Christopher Lee filmed their scenes at London's Pinewood Studios, due to reasons of health, neither were comfortable flying to New Zealand.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and this film, its sequel, wrapped on July 6, 2012 after 266 days of principle photography.
Actress Sharon Oliphant spent three months in New Zealand in the hope of being casting for the film.
Both Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Luke Evans have been the lead in a fantasy epic directed by Tarsem Singh.
Orlando Bloom is two years older than Lee Pace who plays his father, King Thranduil.
To prepare for the role of Tauriel, Evangeline Lilly underwent training for swordplay and archery, as well as in the Elvish language for the role.
Originally Doug Jones was meant to play King Thranduil, but Peter Jackson cast Lee Pace, of whom he was a big admirer since watching Pace's film 'The Fall'.
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