Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look into "The Hobbit" Set

Posted Tuesday December 27, 2011 6:36 PM GMT

Opening up about his highly-anticipated upcoming flick, Peter Jackson dishes some details on the filming of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Chatting about the recent outdoor production in New Zealand, Jackson reveals on a video blog post, "Dwarves in boats; everybody thinks they're a sailor," as a rubber raft full of some of the movie's characters drift by in the background.

"It's been great to get outside. It's been great to get that texture of Middle-earth into the movie after many, many weeks of shooting in the studio," Jackson continued.

Picking up and traveling to New Zealand for the filming is nothing less than a spectacle, as the main unit crew alone is comprised of approximately 500 members with 200 more second-unit filmmakers dispatched to various parts of the country.

It takes over 140 vehicles to transport all the equipment - which includes generators, props, costumes, set dressing, Hobbit feet, livestock, food, water and other creature-comfort amenities, not to mention airplanes, helicopters, flatbed uphill tows, motorboats and rubber rafts.