“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


GKR - Giant Killer Robots

GKR - Giant Killer Robots: Coming soon as an interactive game and a line of cool collectibles.  By Trigger and Weta Workshop.

2015 GKR

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

In collaboration with a large number of amazing Wellington companies we have worked together with the team at Te Papa, to commemorate the people involved in this war in a way that will hopefully create a heightened awareness and leave a lasting and impactful memory of this most important of events in New Zealand’s history.

2015 Gallilpoi Te Papa

Thunderbirds Are Go!

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


San Diego Comic Con 2015 Weta Booth

The Weta booth this year was the biggest one yet!!  With many amazing pieces to view including a full size Dain from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", "Chappie" and the unveiling of the amazing armour and weapons from "Warcraft".

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Furious 7 

(Director - James Wan)

 Mad Max: Fury Road

(Director - George Miller)

2015 Mad Max Fury Road 2015 Furious 7


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

2015 Chappie

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

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


The Wellington Airport Smaug the Magnificent

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

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San Diego Comic Con 2014 Weta Booth

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


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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


Weta Publishing

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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Weta Publishing

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Chronicles: Art & Design

(Written by Daniel Falconer)

2014 HobbitBotFAChroniclesArtandDesign

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 and feature cameo appearances from director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor and cast members of the films.

RT AirNZ Video


(Director - Bret Ratner)

Dracula Untold

Design & Armour.  
(Director - Gary Shore)

2014 Dracula Untold 2014-Hercules


Godzilla Design.
(Director - Gareth Edwards)


Design & special make up effects.
(Director - S. 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 Weta Booth

Full Sized Azog the Defiler and Gandalf constructed for Comic Con.


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. 


Honorary Professorship

The Communication University of China - Richard Taylor. 


The Wellington Airport Eagles 

Weta Workshop constructs two giant eagles for the Wellington Terminal. 

2013 Great Eagles

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. 


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 China

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

2013 Beijing Film Festival

Sunflower Garden Train

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



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


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. 

2013_Gloaming_JFA 2013_Javier_Exhibition

Man of Steel

Kryptonian Weapons.  
(Director - Zack Snyder)


The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures and 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 New Zealand Prime Minister. 

Royal Visit

The Prince of Wales takes a tour of Weta Workshop. 

2012_Prince of Wales Visit

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. 


Gollum Wellington Airport

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


Portal 2 Gun

Produced for Valve’s Head Office US. 


Weta Publishing

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design

(Written by Daniel Falconer)



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. 


The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

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


Hobbit Collectibles Launched

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


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. 

2011_Guiness _Record

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. 


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. 


The Adventures of Tintin

Conceptual Design.
(Director - Steven Spielberg)


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. 


Tangiwai: A Love Story

Miniature Train Crash.
(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. 


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

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. 

2010_Prof Zhao

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. 

2010_D9_Book 2010_Jackie Chan


Honorary Bachelor of Creative Technologies

Wellington Institute of Technology. 

2010_Honorary Bachelor of Creative Technologies

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

(Director - Ridley Scott)


BORN IN 2010

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 filming from going overseas. 

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


Sir Keith Park Statue

Richard supervises the 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 and 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 and Specialty Props.
(Director - Peter Jackson)


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. 

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


District 9

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


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)


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Swords and Armour.
(Director - Steven Spielberg)


World Class New Zealand Awards

Supreme Winner. 


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
The WotWots

Co-creator and Producer of a preschool TV series. 


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)



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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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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


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. 



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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30 Days of Night

Make-Up Effects.
(Director - David Slade)


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
The Water Horse

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


Jane and the Dragon (TV)

Production of First Season. 


BAFTA Awards

"King Kong" - Best Visual Effects. 


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. 


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 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. 


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. 


Banff World Television Awards

“Jane and the Dragon” - Best Animation Programme. 


Black Sheep

Design and Effects.
(Director - Jonathan King)


Weta Publishing established

“The World of Kong” book is published. 



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)


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


King Kong

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


Antarctic Journal

(Director - Pil-Sung Yim)


King Kong New Zealand Premiere

Tania and Richard on the red carpet in Wellington. 

2005_Kong Premiere

The Legend of Zorro

(Director - Martin Campbell)


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

Rotary Awards

Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award. 


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

Design, Armour and 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. 

2005_WOW 2005_British Academy Award

Academy Awards

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

Best Make Up Oscar

Best Costume Oscar


Victoria University of Wellington

Doctor of Literature 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). 

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. 


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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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. 

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


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. 

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

Master and Commander

(Director - Peter Weir)


Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Awards

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

2003_Las Vegas_Award

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 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. 

2003_Online_Film 2003_BoBW

Weta Limited

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

The Last Samurai

Weapons Construction.
(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 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)


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. 


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


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 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. 


Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian 2001

Awarded by Wellington City Council. 

2001_Ab Sol Well

EDB Forum in Singapore

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

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. 

2001 Wellingtonian of the year

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. 


New Zealand Film Awards

“The Ugly” - Best Contribution to Design. 

“Forgotten Silver” - Best Contribution to Design TV. 

1997_NZ Film Awards

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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Special Make Up Effects.
(Director - Scott Reynolds)


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. 


Tidal Wave

(Director - George Miller)



Xena Warrior Princess

Prosthetic and Creature effects on this US television series. 


Stiges Festival Awards

“The Frighteners” - Best Special Effects. 


The Frighteners

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


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

Props and Miniatures.
(Director - Peter Jackson)


New Zealand Film Awards

“Heavenly Creatures” - Best Contribution to Design. 


Jack Brown Genius

Props and Miniatures.
(Director - Tony Hiles)


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)


Once Were Warriors

Prosthetic Effects Supplier.
(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. 

1994_Weta Logo

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)


Saturn Awards

“Braindead” Nomination - Best Special Effects. 


New Zealand Film Awards

"Braindead" - Best Contribution to Design. 

1993_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. 


Other Film Projects in 1993:

"Once Were Warriors" - Prosthetic Effects. 



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


Silver Screen Awards - Holland

“Braindead” - Best Special Effects. 

Stiges Festival Awards - Spain

“Braindead” - Best Special Effects. 


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. 

Braindead - more gore and creature effects. 


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. 

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Meet The Feebles

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


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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Public Eye (TV 1988 - 1990)

Sculptors / Puppet Makers. 


1987 - RT Effects

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



The GM advertising campaign robot. 



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

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