History

“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.”

- JAMES CAMERON

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

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Godzilla

Godzilla Design.
(Director - Gareth Edwards)

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Design & special make up effects.
(Director - S. Shankar)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Design, Prosthetics, Costume & Props.  
(Director - Marc Webb)

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

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

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Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon.  
(Written by Daniel Falconer)
Goes to #1 on Amazon in its genre.

Weta Workshop: Celebrating 20 Years of Creativity. 
(Written by Luke Hawker)

Dr. Grordbort’s

Weta Workshop and Stardog presents Dr. Grordbort’s Exceptional Exhibition in Christchurch and travels to San Diego Comic Con 2014 Weta Booth. 

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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)

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Comic Con 2013 Weta Booth

Full Sized Azog the Defiler and Gandalf constructed for Comic Con in San Diego US. 

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The Weta Cave Workshop Tour

A new exhibit opens, giving people a glimpse behind the scenes at the Workshop... We have had 100,000 visitors and counting. 

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Honorary Professorship

The Communication University of China - Richard Taylor. 

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The Wellington Airport Eagles 

Weta Workshop constructs two giant eagles for the Wellington Terminal. 

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Magic Leap

Stardog and Magic Leap collaborate to bring Dr. Grordbort’s as a digital game to the new platform Cinematic Reality. Richard becomes a board member of the Florida based company. 

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Prominent visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • George R.R. Martin - Author of Game of Thrones
  • Aaron Sims - Digital Artist
  • Raymond Feist - Author “The Riftwar Cycle” series of books
  • 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 Christchurch

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

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2013

Sunflower Garden Train

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

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Elysium

Design, Effects, Costume, Props, Weapons & Prosthetics.  
(Director - Neill Blomkamp)

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Weta / 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)

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The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Make-Up effects.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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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 New Zealand Prime Minister. 

2012

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 had taken residence atop the NZ Post HQ and remained in place until early 2013. 

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Gollum Wellington Airport

Connected to the main terminal, this is the largest Gollum in the world! 

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Portal 2 Gun

Produced for Valve’s Head Office US. 

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The Hobbit Chronicles. 

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Project BORN

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

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Comic Con 2012 Cave trolls and Weta Booth

Life size Cave Trolls, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Hobbit wall display constructed for Comic Con in San Diego US. 

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The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

Design, Effects, Creatures, Costume, Armour, Weapons & Prosthetics.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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Hobbit Collectibles Launched

Warner Bros. Consumer Products partners with Weta Workshop to produce collectibles for The Hobbit films. 

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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

 

Richard Taylor - Guinness World Record

For the Most Multi-Discipline Technical Oscars. 

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The WotWots break into China

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

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The Roxy Cinema

The Roxy opens, bringing the glamour of the 1930’s, and the golden age of cinema back to Miramar. The Workshop designed & built the fixtures & fittings. 

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The Adventures of Tintin

Conceptual Design.
(Director - Steven Spielberg)

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Beijing Film and Animation School. 

Nominee - New Zealander of the Year 2012. 

 

The WotWots & Ministry of Health Partnership

The WotWots become Ambassadors for the B4 School Checks Initiative. 

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2011

Tangiwai Film (for Television)

Miniature Train Crash.
(A Love Story documentary produced by Lippy Pictures)

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Honorary Fine Arts Doctorate

Richard Leslie 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. 

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Other Film Projects in 2011:
  • The Hobbit - Design and Effects, Creatures, Costume, Weapons, Prosthetics. 
  • Elysium - Design and Effects, Weapons, Specialty Props. 

2010

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Massey University. 

 

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Richard is Knighted

for his services to film at Government House in September. 

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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. 

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The Art of District 9 book is published. 

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Honorary Bachelor of Creative Technologies

Wellington Institute of Technology. 

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Rugby World Cup Statue

Richard designs the public sculpture to celebrate the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand. 


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

Other Film Projects in 2010:
  • The Wind in the Willows (feature film) - Design and Creatures
  • The Hobbit - pre-production starts
  • Elysium - Design and Effects

 

Robin Hood

Chainmaille.
(Director - Ridley Scott)

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

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Save the Hobbit!

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

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Avatar

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

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Sir Keith Park Statue

Richard supervises the fabrication (erected in Trafalgar Square in 2010). 

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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. 

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New Zealand Post Book Awards

Finalist: The Crafting of Narnia. 

Under the Mountain

Make-Up and Creature Effects.
(Director - Jonathan King)

2009 under the mountain WW

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. 

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The Lovely Bones

Design and Specialty Props.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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Stardog is created

A unique IP development company owned by Richard Taylor & Tania Rodger. 

Pukeko Pictures is created

A children’s television production company owned by Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger & Martin Baynton. 

2009

Daybreakers

Design, Creatures and Prosthetics.
(Directors - Michael and Peter Spierig)

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District 9

Design, Weapons, Props, Creatures, Vehicles and Special Make-Up effects.
(Director - Neill Blomkamp)

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Wellington Gold Awards Nomination

Weta Cave. 

LandSAR NZ Award

In recognition of Weta Studios 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)

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Swords and Armour.
(Director - Steven Spielberg)

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World Class New Zealand Awards

Supreme Winner. 

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Other Film Projects in 2009:
  • Robin Hood - Chainmaille manufacture
  • Kingdom Come - Design and Armour
  • The Adventures of Tintin - Conceptual Design
  • Fury Road - Conceptual Design and Special Make Up Effects
  • Skyrunners (a film for television) - Creature fabrication
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Weapons

2008

The WotWots

Co-creator and Producer of a preschool TV series. 

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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 and Vehicles.
(Director - Neil Blomkamp)

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Prominent Visitors to Weta Workshop include:
  • Dick Smith (Hollywood great of make up effects)
  • Deng Chao (Actor)
Weta Cave Opens

A retail store & mini museum in Miramar, Wellington. 

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Prince Caspian

Design, Armour, Weapons and Miniatures.
(Director - Andrew Adamson)

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Other Film Projects in 2008:
  • Under the Mountain - Special Make-Up and Creature Effects.
  • District 9 - Design, Special Make-Up Effects, Creature, Props, Weapons and Vehicles.
  • Dambusters - Miniatures and construction of 10 non-flying but full sized & fully working replica Lancaster Bombers assisted by friend and colleague Fred Tang. 

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Ernst & Young

World Entrepreneur of the Year Nomination. 

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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

 

30 Days of Night

Make-Up Effects.
(Director - David Slade)

2007 30 days of night WWD

2007

College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame

Massey University. 

Massey Cert

New Zealand Export Awards

Honorary Award. 

Other Film Projects in 2007:
  • Daybreakers - Make-Up Effects
  • Halo 3 Web Shorts - Weapons, Armour, Props, Creatures and Vehicles
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Swords and Armour Supply
  • The Lovely Bones - Conceptual Design

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The Water Horse

Creature Design and Scannable Maquettes.
(Director - Jay Russell)

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2006

Jane and the Dragon (TV)

Production of First Season. 

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BAFTA Awards

"King Kong" - Best Visual Effects. 

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The Tripod

Invited to create a monumental Public Art sculpture in recognition of the New Zealand screen industry. The Tripod is situated on the corner opposite the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. 

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Saturn Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. 

“King Kong” - Best Special Effects. 

“King Kong” Nomination - Best Make-Up. 

Eragon

Design.
(Director - Stefen Fangmeier)

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Foundation for Research Science & Technology

Outstanding Achievement in the adoption of Innovative Technology: Weta Productions 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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Dr. Grordbort’s

Intellectual Property development of Greg Broadmore’s Retro Edwardian Sci-Fi World. Creating publishing, apparel, jewellery, high-end collectibles, merchandising, feature film and game development. 

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Other Film Projects in 2006:
  • 30 Days of Night - Make-Up Effects
  • Halo (the feature film) - Conceptual Design
  • Prince Caspian - Armour and Weapons
  • The Water Horse - Creature Design and Scannable Maquettes
  • Avatar - Weta Design, Props and Specialty Costume

Academy Award

"King Kong" - Best Visual Effects. 

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Banff World Television Awards

“Jane and the Dragon” - Best Animation Programme. 

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Black Sheep

Design and Effects.
(Director - Jonathan King)

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Weta Publishing established

“The World of Kong” book is published. 

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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

Chainmaille.
(Director - Ridley Scott)

2005 kingdom of heaven WW

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

China Visit

King Kong

Design, Special Make-Up effects, Creatures, Miniatures and Weapons.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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Antarctic Journal

Models.
(Director - Pil-Sung Yim)

2005 Arctic Journal WW

King Kong New Zealand Premiere

Tania and Richard on the red carpet in Wellington. 

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2005

The Legend of Zorro

Miniatures.
(Director - Martin Campbell)

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Other Film Projects in 2005:
  • Black Sheep - Design and Effects
  • The Host - Scanable Marquette & Advisor

Rotary Awards

Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award. 

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Design, Armour and Weapons.
(Director - Andrew Adamson)

2005 chronicles of narnia the lion the witch and the wardrobe WW

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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2004

Academy Awards

“The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King”

Best Make Up Oscar

Best Costume Oscar

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Victoria University of Wellington

Doctor of Literature Invited to join the Alumni. 

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Designers Institute of New Zealand

John Britten Award. 

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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). 

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 and Miniatures. 

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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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Hellboy

Samaritan Guns.
(Director - Guillermo del Toro)

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

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Van Helsing

Miniatures.
(Director - Stephen Sommers)

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Neonatal Trust New Zealand

Richard and Tania become Patrons. 

Other Film Projects in 2004:
  • Antarctic Journal - Models
  • The Legend of Zorro - Miniatures
  • King Kong - Design, Special Make-Up
  • Effects, Creatures, Miniatures and Weapons
  • Kingdom of Heaven - Specialty Chainmaille
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe - Armour and Weapons

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

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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. 

Other Film Projects in 2003:
  • Hellboy - Samaritan Guns
  • Van Helsing - Miniatures

Master and Commander

Miniatures.
(Director - Peter Weir)

2003 master and commander the far side of the world WW

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. 

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Queen’s Honours

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

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Perfect Strangers

Make Up Effects.
(Director - Gaylene Preston)

2003 perfect strangers WW

2003

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

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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

Weapons Construction.
(Director - Edward Zwick)

2003 the last samurai WW

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. 

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Visual Effects Society Awards

"The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers" - Best Models and 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 and Miniatures. 

Saturn Awards

“The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers” - Best Costume. 

Peter Pan

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

2003 Peter Pan WW

2002

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. 

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Other Film Projects in 2002
  • Master and Commander - Miniatures
  • Perfect Strangers - Make Up Effects
  • Peter Pan - Make-Up Effects Supply
  • The Last Samurai - Weapons Construction

City of Wellington Proclamation (Key to the City)

Richard Taylor & Tania Rodger. 

Sir Julius Vogel Award

Services to Science Fiction and Fantasy (Weta Workshop and 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. 

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

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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. 

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Saturn Awards

“The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring” Nominations - Best Costume, Best Make Up and 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

Stiges Festival Awards - Spain

“The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring” - Best Special Effects

The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring

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

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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. 

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Other Film Projects in 2001:
  • “The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers"
  • “The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King”

2001 Wellingtonian of the Year

Awarded by The Evening Post. 

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2000

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. 

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1999

1997

New Zealand Film Awards

“The Ugly” - Best Contribution to Design. 

“Forgotten Silver” - Best Contribution to Design TV. 

NZ Film Awards 1997

Young Hercules

(TV 1998-99) Creature Effects. 

The Ugly

Special Make-Up Effects.
(Director - Scott Reynolds)

1997 The Ugly WW

Saturn Awards

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

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Heaven

Special Make Up Effects.
(Director - Scott Reynolds)

1998 Heaven WW

1997 - 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. 

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Tidal Wave

Miniatures.
(Director - George Miller)

1997 Tidal Wave No Escape WW

Xena Warrior Princess

Prosthetic and Creature effects on this US television series. 

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Stiges Festival Awards

“The Frighteners” - Best Special Effects. 

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1996

The Frighteners

Prosthetic, Creature and Miniature Effects.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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Other Film Projects in 1996:
  • Tidal Wave (a US film for television) - Miniatures
  • Contact - Digital Design
  • The Ugly - Special Make Up Effects

1995

Forgotten Silver

Props and Miniatures.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

1995 forgotten silver WW

New Zealand Film Awards

“Heavenly Creatures” - Best Contribution to Design. 

Jack Brown Genius

Props and Miniatures.
(Director - Tony Hiles)

1995 Jack Brown Genius WW

Other Film Projects in 1995:
  • Jack Brown Genius (a feature film) - Miniatures and Props
  • Forgotten Silver (a film for television) - Miniatures and Props
Heavenly Creatures

Prosthetic, Suit and Miniature Effects.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

1994 Heavenly Creatures WWD

Once Were Warriors

Prosthetic Effects Supplier.
(Director - Lee Tamahori)

1994 Once Were Warriors WW

1994

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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1993

Richard and Tania head overseas

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

The Tommyknockers

Creature Effects.
(Director - John Power)

1993 Tommyknockers WW

Saturn Awards

“Braindead” Nomination - Best Special Effects. 

New Zealand Film Awards

"Braindead" - Best Contribution to Design. 

NZTV award

1994 - Hercules

Richard meets Eric Grundemann and begins working as the Prosthetic and Creature Effects on the US television show that would eventually run for 7 years. 

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Other Film Projects in 1993:

"Once Were Warriors" - Prosthetic Effects. 

Braindead

Creature, Gore and Miniature Effects.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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Silver Screen Awards - Holland

“Braindead” - Best Special Effects. 

Stiges Festival Awards - Spain

“Braindead” - Best Special Effects. 

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1992

Other Film Projects in 1992:

Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers” - Creature Effects. 

Avoriaz Festival Awards - France

“Braindead” - Best Special Effects. 

Portuguese Film Festival Awards

“Braindead” - Best Special Effects. 

Fantasy Film Awards (Italy)

“Braindead” - Best Physical Effects. 

1991

Braindead - more gore and creature 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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Fantasy Film Awards

"Meet the Feebles" - Best Physical Effects. 

Fantasy Film Award 1991

Meet The Feebles

Richard & Tania manufacture Puppets and Models.
(Director - Peter Jackson)

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1990

1989

Meet the Feebles

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

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More puppets for Meet the Feebles. 

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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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1988

Public Eye (TV 1988 - 1990)

Sculptors / Puppet Makers. 

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1987

1987 - RT Effects

Richard and Tania start up in the back room of their flat. 

 

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The GM advertising campaign robot. 

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They hope to service the New Zealand creative industry with their model and prop work. 

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