“Weta Workshop bring not only world class artistic and technical talent to what they do, they also bring a spirit and a passion which is invigorating for the film-maker.”


From humble beginnings in the back room of their flat in Wellington, Richard and Tania have built Weta Workshop to be a world-leading design and effects facility servicing the world’s creative industries.

As you will see below they have had the great fortune of working with and meeting a great number of people through their career.

The History of Weta Workshop


Blade Runner 2049

Design & Miniatures (Director -Denis Villeneuve)

2017 Bladerunner 2049

Power Rangers

Design & Specialty Costume (Director -Dean Israelite)

2017 Power Rangers

Thor: Ragnarok

Design, Weapons & Specialty Costume (Director -Taika Waititi)

2017 Thor3

Ghost in the Shell

Design, Props, Weapons, Vehicles and Specialty Costume (Director - Rupert Sanders)

2017 Ghost in the Shell

Bug Lab at Te Papa

 Joining forces with Te Papa a second time, Weta brought the mysterious and misunderstood world of bugs to life.

2016 Bug Lab

The Great Wall

Design, Weapons & Props (Director - Zhang Yimou)

2016 the great wall


Pukeko Pictures & Goalpost Pictures Australia produce a new sci-fi drama series with Weta Workshop contributing design and prosthetics.

2016 Cleverman

Thunderbirds Are Go

The hit series from ITV Studios & Pukeko Pictures, featuring Weta Workshop models & miniatures, is picked up for a third season and premieres in the US on Amazon Prime.

2015 Thunderbirds



Design & Miniatures (Director - Steven Spielberg)

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Weta Workshop is incredibly proud to congratulate senior concept designer Gus Hunter, on his induction into Massey University’s College of Creative Arts’ Hall of Fame. 

2016 Gus Massey


Armour & Weapons (Director - Duncan Jones)

2016 Warcraft

Weta Workshop calls the International Space Station

Richard and a group of Weta Workshop crew called up to astronaut Kjell Lindgren aboard the ISS.

2016 ISS


Thunderbirds Are Go Miniatures Stage Tour

Weta Workshop and Pukeko Pictures open a new visitor experience to celebrate the first season of Thunderbirds Are Go, featuring Weta Workshop's original miniature sets from the show.

2015 Thunbers Ex

The Expanse

Design (Directors - Mark FergusHawk Ostby)

2015 The Expanse

Gwangmyeong Cave Dragon

Weta Workshop creates a 36 metre-long serpentine dragon for the Gwangmyeong Cave System in South Korea.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015

The Weta Workshop booth this year was the biggest one yet! We brought many incredible pieces to view, including Chappie & a full size Dain from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We also unveiled the amazing armour and weapons from Warcraft!

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Furious 7 

Miniatures (Director - James Wan)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Concept Design (Director - George Miller)


2015 Mad Max Fury Road 2015 Furious 7


Design, Costumes, Props, Weapons & Prosthetics  
(Director - Neill Blomkamp)

2015 Chappie


Design, Costumes & Props (Director - Michael Dougherty)

2015 Krampus

Weta Publishing

Art of War, the sixth and final book in The Hobbit: Chronicles series, is published.

(Writer - Daniel Falconer)

2015 Hobbit Book 6

Giant Killer Robots

GKR: Heavy Hitters reaches the final stages of development. Coming soon as a tabletop game by Weta Workshop & Cryptozoic!

2015 GKR

Gallipoli: The scale of our war

In collaboration with a large number of amazing Wellington companies, we worked with the team at New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa, to commemorate the people involved in this devastating war. Through powerful sculptures and poignant storytelling, this impactful exhibition aims to create a heightened awareness of this most important of events in New Zealand’s history.

2015 Gallilpoi Te Papa

Thunderbirds Are Go

Weta Workshop contributes concept design and builds miniature environments and sets for the Pukeko Pictures and ITV Studios re-imagining of this classic TV series.


Richard Taylor wins the “Welly”

Dominion Post Wellingtonian of the Year

2015 Wellys

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures & Special Make-Up Effects  
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Smaug the Magnificent at Wellington Airport

Weta Workshop unveils the massive head of Smaug the Dragon for the Wellington Terminal. 

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014

The Weta Workshop booth this year was crowned with a BIG surprise - the head of the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent!


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Design, Prosthetics, Costumes & Props  
(Director - Marc Webb)


Weta Publishing

Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon is released, soaring to #1 on Amazon in its genre.  
(Writer - Daniel Falconer)

Weta Workshop: Celebrating 20 Years of Creativity
(Writer - Luke Hawker)

Dr. Grordbort’s

Weta Workshop and Stardog present Dr. Grordbort’s Exceptional Exhibition in Christchurch. It then travels to the Weta Workshop booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Weta Publishing

The Battle of the Five Armies: Art & Design, the fifth instalment in The Hobbit: Chronicles series, is published.

(Writer - Daniel Falconer)

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Air New Zealand's Hobbit Safety Video

The video celebrated the third and final film in The Hobbit trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - and the airline’s partnership with the film franchise. It features cameo appearances from director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Richard Taylor, and cast members of the films.

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(Director - Bret Ratner)

Dracula Untold

Design, Armour & Costume
(Director - Gary Shore)

2014 Dracula Untold 2014-Hercules


Godzilla Design 
(Director - Gareth Edwards)


Design & Prosthetics
(Director - Shankar)

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Richard, Tania and the entire Workshop family celebrate the 20th anniversary of Weta Workshop. 


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Ben & Nick Foster - Dr. Who and the BBC composers

2014-20th Ann Crew


San Diego Comic-Con 2013

The crew construct incredible full-sized figures of Azog the Defiler and Gandalf for the Weta Workshop booth.



Design, Costumes, Props, Weapons & Prosthetics 
(Director - Neill Blomkamp)


Weta Workshop / Stardog Artist Exhibitions

Javier Murcia presents a selection of his fine art sculptures. 

Johnny Fraser-Allen’s The Gloaming wins gold at the Ellerslie Flower Show, Christchurch. 

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Man of Steel

Kryptonian Weapons  
(Director - Zack Snyder)


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures & Special Make-Up Effects 
(Director - Peter Jackson)


China-New Zealand Trade Forum

Richard delivers a speech at the China-New Zealand Forum for stronger trade between our countries. The speech was in front of 600 NZ and Chinese governmental guests including the Premier of China and the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Sunflower Garden Train

Weta Workshop constructs two trains for the Sunflower Garden Theme Park in Guangzhou China. 


Honorary Professorship

The Communication University of China - Richard Taylor. 


The Wellington Airport Eagles 

Weta Workshop constructs two giant eagles for the Wellington Terminal to celebrate The Hobbit motion picture trilogy.

2013 Great Eagles

Magic Leap

Stardog joins forces with Magic Leap to transform Dr. Grordbort’s into a digital game using Magic Leap's pioneering Mixed Reality technology. Richard becomes a board member of the Florida-based company. 


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • George R.R. Martin - Author of Game of Thrones
  • Aaron Sims - Digital Artist
  • Raymond Feist - Author of The Riftwar Cycle series
  • Cam Kennedy - One of the original illustrators of the 2000 AD comic
  • Charles Swindell - Previous US Ambassador to NZ
  • Tim Berners-Lee - Inventor of the worldwide web
  • Ed Sheeran - English singer-songwriter
  • Linda Carter - aka Wonder Woman
  • Nicholas Briggs - The voice of the Daleks


Beijing International Film Festival China

Richard delivers a speech and opens the prestigious Beijing International Film Festival. Weta Workshop presents the Weta Expo at the Olympic Square.

2013 Beijing Film Festival

The Weta Cave Workshop Tour

Weta Studio Tours opens its first tour, giving people a glimpse behind the scenes at Weta Workshop. It will soon grow to greet over 100,000 visitors each year!


Project BORN

A high-end fashion show combining dance, performance and body painting, raising awareness for the Neonatal Trust. 

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Life-size Cave Trolls, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Hobbit wall display are constructed for the Weta Workshop booth.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Design, Creatures, Costumes, Armour, Weapons & Prosthetics
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Launch of The Hobbit Collectibles

Warner Bros. Consumer Products partners with Weta Workshop to produce collectibles for The Hobbit motion picture trilogy. 


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • HRH Prince Charles
  • Mike Tolkien - Grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Bill Bailey - British Comedian
  • Nick Smith & Dave Godfrum - Pinewood Studios
  • Steve Odekerk - Writer, Director & Actor
  • Christopher Paolini - Author of Eragon



Royal Visit

The Prince of Wales takes a tour of Weta Workshop. 

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Support for our Local Community

Decals for Wellington’s Children Hospital & Life Flight Plane (designed by Frank Victoria) & Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Hospital (designed by Chris Guise).

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NZ Post Wellington Hobbit Silhouettes

14 Hobbit characters took residence atop the NZ Post HQ and remained in place until early 2013. 


Gollum at Wellington Airport

Installed inside the main terminal, this is the largest Gollum in the world! 


Portal 2 Gun

Produced for Valve’s Head Office USA. 


Weta Publishing

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design

(Writer - Daniel Falconer)



Richard Taylor - Guinness World Record

For the most Multi-Discipline Technical Oscars. 

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The WotWots launch in China

Richard and Martin travel to Beijing to launch The WotWots on Chinese television. The WotWots is now aired in over 100 countries across the globe. 


The Roxy Cinema

The Roxy opens, bringing the glamour of the 1930s & the golden age of cinema to Miramar. Weta Workshop designed & built beautiful sculptures, murals, fixtures & fittings throughout the building.


The Adventures of Tintin

Conceptual Design 
(Director - Steven Spielberg)


Lifetime Achievement Award

Beijing Film and Animation School. 

Richard is nominated for New Zealander of the Year 2012. 


Tangiwai: A Love Story

Miniature Train 
(Director - Charlie Haskell)

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Honorary Fine Arts Doctorate

Richard Taylor, Massey University, Wellington, May 2011. 

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Weta Cave Shop heads to Auckland

A temporary pop-up shop is opened in SKYCITY to coincide with the Rugby World Cup 2011. 

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Rugby World Cup Statue Unveiling

Jack Illot Green, Wellington, NZ, August 2011. 


The WotWots & Ministry of Health Partnership

The WotWots become Ambassadors for the B4 School Checks Initiative. 


Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Massey University. 


2010_Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Richard is Knighted

for his services to film at Government House in September. 


Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum - DELF (Hong Kong) - Keynote Speaker. 

Asian Film Awards (Hong Kong) - Presenter. 

SSFF Festival (Tokyo, Japan) - Guest speaker with co-creator of The WotWots, Martin Baynton. 

Richard with his Mentor, Prof. Zhao Shutong. 

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Dr. Grordbort’s Exhibition opens in Shanghai

Charity evening with Jackie Chan raises US$1m. 

Weta Publishing

The Art of District 9 book is published. 

(Writer - Daniel Falconer)

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Honorary Bachelor of Creative Technologies

Wellington Institute of Technology. 

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Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Professor Zhao Shutong - Senior Chinese Sculptor
  • His Excellency Xi Jing Ping - Vice Premier of China

Robin Hood

(Director - Ridley Scott)


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Fashion show / body art fundraising event for the Neonatal Trust New Zealand. 


Save The Hobbit!

Richard and Tania lead a march on Parliament to stop The Hobbit production from going overseas. 

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Design, Weapons, Specialty Costumes & Props 
(Director - James Cameron)


Sir Keith Park Statue

Richard supervises the statue's fabrication, erected in Trafalgar Square in 2010.


Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association 

District 9 - Best Make-Up Effects. 


Dr. Grordbort’s Exhibition is Established

Touring Chengdu (China), Cyberport (Hong Kong), Shanghai (China) and Switzerland. 


New Zealand Post Book Awards

Finalist: The Crafting of Narnia. 

Under the Mountain

Make-up & Creature Effects  
(Director - Jonathan King)


Blizzard - World of Warcraft

A monumental bronze sculpture is created at Fred Tang’s foundry in China and displayed at Blizzard HQ in Irvine, California, USA. 


The Lovely Bones

Design & Specialty Props  
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Stardog is created

Richard Taylor & Tania Rodger launch their own unique Intellectual Development company.

Pukeko Pictures is created

Richard & Tania partner with children's author Martin Baynton to launch a children’s television production company based in Wellington.



Design, Creatures & Prosthetics 
(Directors - Michael & Peter Spierig)


District 9

Design, Weapons, Props, Creatures, Vehicles & Special Make-Up Effects  
(Director - Neill Blomkamp)


Wellington Gold Awards Nomination

The Weta Cave shop.

LandSAR NZ Award

In recognition of Weta Workshop's contribution to the making of the LandSAR Yeti advertisement. 


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • HRH Prince Edward of England
  • Lu Chuan - Director/Writer)
  • Mr. Huang Baorong and Mr. Zhu Baoshen - China Film Group Digital Film Production Base Co. Ltd)
  • Vice Minister Zhang Pimin - The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of China)


Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Swords & Armour 
(Director - Steven Spielberg)


World Class New Zealand Awards

Supreme Winner. 


Other Film Projects in 2009:
  • Skyrunners - Creature fabrication
The WotWots

Richard & Tania co-create and produce the beloved preschool TV series The WotWots, produced by Pukeko Pictures.


Echo Silver Award

Dr. Grordbort’s Rayguns: Retail/Direct Sales. 


China/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

Richard attends signing in Beijing hosted by the Premier of China and the Prime Minister of New Zealand (The Rt. Honourable Helen Clark). 


Halo 3 (Web Shorts)

Design, Weapons, Armour, Creatures & Vehicles 
(Director - Neill Blomkamp)



Prominent Visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Dick Smith - Hollywood make-up effects legend
  • Deng Chao - Actor
Weta Cave Opens

Weta Workshop opens its retail store & mini museum in Miramar, Wellington. 

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Design, Armour, Weapons & Miniatures 
(Director - Andrew Adamson)


Other Film Projects in 2008:
  • Dambusters - Miniatures & construction of 10 non-flying, full-sized replica Lancaster Bombers with the assistance of friend and colleague Fred Tang.



Ernst & Young

World Entrepreneur of the Year Nomination. 


Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Richard & Tania attend and compete in the World Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Monte Carlo. 


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Daesung Group Chairman David Kim of Korea
  • Mr. Huang Yonghua - Deputy Governor of the People’s Government of the Dali Prefecture
  • Philip Lee - Producer
  • David Beckham - English Football player

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The Water Horse

Creature Design & Scannable Maquettes 
(Director - Jay Russell)


College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame

Massey University. 

Massey Cert

New Zealand Export Awards

Honorary Award. 

30 Days of Night

Make-up Effects 
(Director - David Slade)


Dr. Grordbort’s

Greg Broadmore’s Retro Edwardian Sci-Fi World starts to take shape with publishing, apparel, jewellery, high-end collectibles, merchandising, feature film and game development. 


The Tripod

Weta Workshop was invited to create a monumental public art sculpture to celebrate the Wellington screen industry. The Tripod is situated opposite the Embassy Theatre.


Saturn Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 

King Kong - Best Special Effects

King Kong Nomination - Best Make-Up. 


(Director - Stefen Fangmeier)


Foundation for Research Science & Technology

Outstanding Achievement in the Adoption of Innovative Technology: Weta Workshop Ltd.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year: Services Category. 

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year: Supreme Winner. 

Ambassador Award 2006

Wellington City Council. 

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Other Film Projects in 2006:
  • The Host - Scannable Maquette & Advisor


BAFTA Awards

King Kong - Best Visual Effects. 


Academy Award

King Kong - Best Visual Effects. 


Banff World Television Awards

Jane and the Dragon - Best Animation Programme.


Black Sheep

Design & Effects 
(Director - Jonathan King)


Weta Publishing established

The World of Kong book is published. 



Jane and the Dragon

The first season of the children's TV show is produced.


The Legend of Zorro

(Director - Martin Campbell)


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Chairman Wu (Vice Premier of China) & Madame Zhang Ruiszhen 
  • George Lucas - Creator of Star Wars
  • Fred Tang - friend and business partner


King Kong

Design, Special Make-up Effects, Creatures, Miniatures & Weapons 
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Antarctic Journal

(Director - Yim Pil-Sung)


King Kong New Zealand Premiere

Tania and Richard on the red carpet in Wellington. 

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Visual Effects Society

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Nomination - Outstanding Visuals in a Video Game. 

Kingdom of Heaven

(Director - Ridley Scott)


Rotary Awards

Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award. 


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Design, Armour & Weapons 
(Director - Andrew Adamson)


World of Wearable Art Awards Annual Sponsor. 

British Academy Award

Winner - Achievement in Special Visual Effects. 

Nati Awards

Best Supporting Workshop. 

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Academy Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Make Up Oscar

Best Costume Oscar


Victoria University of Wellington

Richard is awarded a Doctor of Literature and invited to join the Alumni. 


Designers Institute of New Zealand

John Britten Award. 


Hollywood Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Guild Award

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Best Special Make-Up Effects.

Guinness World Records

The most Oscars won by a film. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all 11 of its Academy Award nominations on 29 February 2004. It also became the fastest movie to gross $1 billion at the box office (9 weeks and 4 days). 

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Best Make-Up.

Golden Satellite Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Best Costume Design. 

Visual Effects Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Outstanding Models and Miniatures.

Saturn Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Best Make-Up. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Nomination - Best Costumes.

Space: The Imagination Station

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Best Movie FX.



Samaritan Guns 
(Director - Guillermo del Toro)


Richard works on his 7-1/4″ Locomotive. 


Van Helsing

(Director - Stephen Sommers)


Neonatal Trust New Zealand

Richard and Tania become Patrons. 

Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • HRH Prince William of England
  • Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Rick Baker - Prosthetic Make-Up legend

Visual Effects Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Outstanding Models & Miniatures. 


Las Vegas Film Critics Sierra Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Best Costume Design. 

BAFTA Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King nominations - Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up & Hair Design. 

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Stanley Tong, Director
  • Crown Prince of Brunei Al-Muhtadee Billah
  • Chairman Wu, Vice Premier of China and Madame Zhang Ruiszhen
  • Coolio and his posse

Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Richard and Tania become Supporters. 

Master and Commander

(Director - Peter Weir)


Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Costume Design. 

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BAFTA Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Costume. 


Queen’s Honours

Richard is made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 


Perfect Strangers

Make-up Effects 
(Director - Gaylene Preston)


Walking the red carpet at the Wellington premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with the Rt. Honourable Helen Clark (the Prime Minister of New Zealand). 


Online Film Critics Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nomination - Best Costume Design. 

The Lord of the Rings Events, Best of Both Worlds Convention

Certificate of Appreciation. 

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Weta Limited

Created for the sale of collectibles, apparel, and publishing. 

The Last Samurai

(Director - Edward Zwick)


BAFTA Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Costume. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nomination - Best Make Up and Hair Design

Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist Guild Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Special Make Up Effects. 


Visual Effects Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Models & Miniatures. 

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nomination - Best Costume Design. 

Visual Effects Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Models & Miniatures. 

Saturn Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Best Costume. 

Peter Pan

Make-Up Effects Supplier 
(Director - P.J. Hogan)


BAFTA Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Special Visual Effects. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Make Up/Hair. 


Academy Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Visual Effects. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Make Up. 

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Wellington Region Gold Awards

Winner for Overall Acknowledgement of Outstanding Contribution to the Wellington Economy. 

Creative Gold Winner for Film, Media and Creative Industries. 

Extra Mile Award

Significant contribution to fundraising activities for children with disabilities. 

The Lord of the Rings World Tour

Tania and Richard join the lead cast on an around the world press junket - they do this ultimately for all 3 films. 


Saturn Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nominations - Best Costume, Best Make Up & Best Special Effects. 

Golden Satellite Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Visual Effects. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination - Best Costume.

Sitges Festival Awards - Spain

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Special Effects.


Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include
  • The Rt Hon Helen Clark - Prime Minister of NZ
  • Ray Harryhausen - Stop Motion legend
  • HRH Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium and HRH Princess Mathilde
  • Crown Prince & Princess Naruhito of Japan


City of Wellington Proclamation (Key to the City)

Richard Taylor & Tania Rodger. 

Sir Julius Vogel Award

Services to Science Fiction & Fantasy (Weta Workshop & Weta Digital). 

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Costume Design. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Visual Effects. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination - Best Make Up. 

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Visual Effects. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Costume Design. 

BAFTA Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Special Visual Effects. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Best Make Up/Hair. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nomination - Best Costume Design. 


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The first film of the trilogy comes out receiving critical and public acclaim. 


2001 Wellingtonian of the Year

Awarded by The Evening Post. 

2001 Wellingtonian of the year

Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian 2001

Awarded by Wellington City Council. 

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EDB Forum in Singapore

Keynote Speaker on Business and Creative Growth – Richard lectured alongside Raymond Chow of Golden Harvest. 

Partnership with Mr. Fred Tang in Dongguan (China)

Establishing China operations for the manufacture of collectibles, lightweight chainmaille and bronze casting. 

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The Lord of the Rings

Work continues in manufacturing and on-set operations. 

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

We remain fully immersed in this wonderful project. 



Special Make Up Effects 
(Director - Scott Reynolds)




New Zealand Film Awards

The Ugly - Best Contribution to Design. 

Forgotten Silver - Best Contribution to Design TV. 

1997_NZ Film Awards

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures, Special Make-up Effects and Miniatures for these three films. This project would ultimately run for 7 years. 


Tidal Wave

(Director - George T. Miller)


Other Film Projects in 1997:
  • Contact - Digital Design
Young Hercules

(TV 1998-99) Creature Effects

1997 Young Hercules

The Ugly

Special Make-Up Effects 
(Director - Scott Reynolds)


Saturn Awards

The Frighteners Nomination - Best Special Effects & Best Make-Up. 

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Xena: Warrior Princess

Prosthetic and creature effects on this US television series. 



Sitges Festival Awards

The Frighteners - Best Special Effects. 



The Frighteners

Prosthetic, Creature & Miniature Effects 
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Jack Brown Genius

Props & Miniatures 
(Director - Tony Hiles)


Forgotten Silver

Props & Miniatures 
(Directors - Peter Jackson & Costa Botes)


New Zealand Film Awards

Heavenly Creatures - Best Contribution to Design. 

Heavenly Creatures

Prosthetic, Suit & Miniature Effects 
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Once Were Warriors

Prosthetic Effects 
(Director - Lee Tamahori)



The Birth of Weta

Richard and Tania partner up with Peter Jackson and Jamie Selkirk and start up a film & TV effects company in New Zealand. 

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Richard meets producer Eric Gruendemann, who has an exciting new project: Prosthetic and Creature Effects on Hercules, a US television show that would eventually run for six seasons.



Richard and Tania head overseas

They visit a number of film effects companies in the US and the UK, and attend the Cannes Film Festival in France to help promote Braindead.

The Tommyknockers

Creature Effects 
(Director - John Power)


New Zealand Film Awards

Braindead - Best Contribution to Design. 

1993_NZTV award

Saturn Awards

Braindead Nomination - Best Special Effects. 


Creature, Gore & Miniature Effects 
(Director - Peter Jackson)


Avoriaz Festival Awards - France

Braindead - Best Special Effects. 

Portuguese Film Festival Awards

Braindead - Best Special Effects. 

Fantasy Film Awards - Italy

Braindead - Best Physical Effects. 


Silver Screen Awards - Holland

Braindead - Best Special Effects. 

Sitges Festival Awards - Spain

Braindead - Best Special Effects. 



Fantasy Film Awards

Meet the Feebles - Best Physical Effects. 

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Richard and Tania supervise the creature, miniature and gore effects on Peter Jackson’s third film. 

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Meet The Feebles

Puppets & Models 
(Director - Peter Jackson)


More puppets for Meet the Feebles. 

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Meet the Feebles

Richard and Tania construct Miniatures and Puppets for Peter Jackson’s second film. 

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Public Eye

Their first big break – a weekly satirical puppet show. Richard and Tania created 68 puppets for this show. 

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Public Eye (TV 1988 - 1990)

Sculptors / Puppet Makers. 


RT Effects

Richard and Tania start up in the back room of their flat. They dream of making models and props for the creative industries of New Zealand.



The GM advertising campaign robot. 



Some examples of Richard and Tania's earliest work under RT Effects.

1987_Cow_1 1987_Cookiebear 1987_Cow_2

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