In some ways, it can be reduced to numbers: 350 studio and location sets; 15,000 pieces of clothing; 10,000 facial appliances; 1,800 suits of body prosthetics, and 1,800 Hobbit feet; at least 1,500 digital-effects shots; a personnel roster numbering into the thousands; a budget of somewhere between $200 million and $300 million spread over three films. Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings is big, all right, especially when you consider that it's being produced in New Zealand, a country of ...

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