Filmmakers working on the trilogy viewed the production as the world's largest home movie or as a travelling circus. Screenwriter Fran Walsh felt like she was laying down the track in front of a moving train. Multiple units were working simultaneously all over New Zealand and Jackson had to use live satellite feeds to supervise the whole production. Filming locations were sometimes so remote that the crew packed emergency kits in case helicopters couldn't bring them home at the end of the day. To see some of these real-life locations, please watch the video above.
The 'Lord of The Rings' Was Filmed In These Locations
Director Peter Jackson was born in Wellington, New Zealand to English parents. His film career began with a number of independent, low-budget splatter films but the screenplay of 1994s Heavenly Creatures earned him an Oscar nomination and helped him transition to mainstream filmmaking. A few years after that, he began making The Lord of the Rings trilogy and would use his native country as the backdrop.