See how WETA brought Lake-town to life for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The little behind-the-scenes clip of Orlando playing with his knives was pretty cool, but this is just a whole ‘nother level of “wow”. Thanks to Ringer Smaug the Stupendous for the heads-up!
Click below (run, do not walk!) and see exactly how Weta created Lake-town using a variety of CGI and VFX techniques.
To create the city, our models department built 50 unique buildings, eight unique bridges and six towers, all of which were dressed and scaled differently in order to provide the vast amounts of variance required to populate the 200,000 square metres of ground with up to 1,500 buildings visible in some of the shots.
Over two million planks of wood, more than five million roof tiles and 1,749 walkways were created to bring Lake-town to life.