Even as “event” blockbusters like Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises loom on the horizon, anticipation is still running high for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has been chronicling the making of The Hobbit, in order to keep the fire burning for his two-movie adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien novel (an endeavor which is estimated to cost around half a billion dollars). That series of production diary videos has offered everything from a behind-the-scenes look at the films’ 3D cameras to the elaborate shoot around the New Zealand countryside.

Today, we have a seventh installment in the Hobbit set video series that takes viewers on a tour around Jackson’s Stone Street Studio Complex in Wellington – and offers additional evidence that said $500 million budget (covered primarily by Warner Bros.) is being put to fantastic use.

Peter Jackson, Kiran Shah, and Orlando Bloom on the 'Hobbit' set

These Hobbit production featurettes really put into perspective the immense scale of the project, given the mind-boggling number of production designers, artists, assistant directors, and miscellaneous crew members working hard to keep this venture moving forward at full speed. That’s to say nothing of the sheer size of the green screens, practical sets, and sound stages constructed for these films. Not surprising, the early consensus on the Hobbit footage screened at the 2012 CinemaCon was overall enthusiastic – though the jury’s still out as to whether or not the material benefits from being viewed at high-speed 48 frames per second.

A bit of trivia: Hobbit scale double Kiran Shah (pictured above) has racked up quite the impressive body of work over the course of his 35 years in the biz. Shah’s resume includes roles/stunt work on films like Raiders of the Lost ArkReturn of the Jedi, AliensTitanic, and the first installments in both the Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia series. (Just marinate on THAT list for a moment.)

In case you missed them, be sure to also check out:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released in theaters a year later on December 13th, 2013.

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