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Where are the movies being filmed\?
The beautiful country of New Zealand will serve as a stand-in for Middle- earth. It is generally agreed that this country is the ideal place to bring the epic scope of the trilogy to life, with its variety of landscapes and diverse locations. Jackson and crew will be making full use of the natural wonders New Zealand has to offer, filming in spots all around the country. The scenery will also be enhanced where necessary through the use of matte paintings and digital effects.

New Zealand Tourist Board

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How much will they cost\?
The three films combined have a total budget of $180 million U.S. dollars. However, this translates into roughly $350 million when the exchange rate in New Zealand is taken into account, a phenomenal amount of money for a movie project of any sort. A great deal of funding will be saved by filming the trilogy in New Zealand, due to the cheaper costs of most goods and services in that country. Money will also be saved because the films are being shot simultaneously, in one giant production, rather than as three separate film projects. Where will all of this saved money go? More spectacular sets, epic battle scenes, and stunning special effects for us to enjoy.

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What is the shooting schedule\?
Filming began on October 11, 1999, and continued for an astounding 14 months, eventually wrapping up on December 22, 2000. The special effects team worked on footage as it became available, thereby saving a lot of time in the post-production phase.  The major post-production work, including dialogue looping, editing, and the addition of music, sound effects, and visual effects, is still underway.

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