FILMING of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has wrapped up in Wellington, after more than two years of work.
The final pick up scenes are being shot on Friday.
Director Sir Peter Jackson wrote on his Facebook page he would try and blog throughout the entire day to give people a feel for what happened on an average day.
“We’re shooting scenes for Film 3 today. Stuff you will see in Dec 2014, so I’m going to try and make this honest, but spoiler free.
“I’ve been lying here in pitch darkness, watching fight rehearsals over and over again…
“I’m looking at the fights, figuring out the angles I’ll need to film them today. A huge amount to do, and it needs to get done.
“Our shoot day starts at 8.30am, and is supposed to finish at 7.30pm. I suspect we’ll be working late. Whenever we work a long day, I joke with the crew that I’m just softening them up for when Jim Cameron shows up in Wellington to shoot Avatar 2 and 3. Well … It’s not really a joke.”
Post-production work will continue on the movies and the second instalment of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens in December. The final instalment, There and Back Again, will be released a year later.
Tourism New Zealand has thrown nearly all its $NZ65 million ($A57 million) budget at advertising based on The Hobbit, and says the movie played a part in 8.5 per cent of all visitors coming here.
However, the production hasn’t been all plain sailing, with the government accused of acceding to Warner Bros in changing labour laws so it could be made in New Zealand. The production was also accused of mistreating horses, which was vehemently denied.
The production got a $NZ67.1 million helping hand from the government through tax rebates.
The movie, produced by Warner Bros Entertainment subsidiary 3 foot 7, also reaped $NZ46.9 million from New Zealand’s large budget screen production grant.
However, the government says filming created about 3000 jobs with around $NZ1.5 million a week paid to the crew.