Adam Savage, co-host of the legendary Discovery Channel show Mythbusters, has released a new video naming his favourite things of 2016. At the top of the list: crafting his very own sword at New Zealand’s Weta Workshop.
Zombies. Fighter pilots. Barbarians. Supermodels. No, they’re not the stars of the latest fantastical blockbuster. This summer, Weta Workshop has collaborated with New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, for Bug Lab: celebrating the unbelievable creatures that live all around us.
Spectral, the hotly anticipated sci-fi thriller directed by Nic Mathieu and produced by Legendary Pictures,has landed on Netflix. Touted as “Black Hawk Down meets Ghostbusters” (Gizmodo), the film revolves around an elite Special Ops unit who must fight their way through terrifying unseen enemies; but they’ll have help: high-tech props, weapons and costumes by New Zealand’s Weta Workshop.
The Great Wall, a US-China co-production from Legendary, China Film Group, Le Vision Pictures and Atlas Entertainment, with acclaimed director Zhang Yimou at the helm, has a Kiwi connection. Wellington creative design and practical effects facility Weta Workshop contributed concept design and manufactured thousands of weapons, props and costume components for the film at the company’s home base on the Miramar Peninsula.
On any given weekday, you’ll find Weta Workshop sculptor Gary Hunt deep in the bowels of the design studio. Hidden behind an ominous black curtain, he’ll be conjuring up magic of the darkest sort: the very latest, top-secret collectibles from Middle-earth. But should you gather the courage to peer a little bit closer into the nooks and crannies, you’ll discover that Gary has a long and successful career building creatures, characters, and whole worlds entirely of his own making.
The Weta Cave is getting bigger this summer. On November 16, work will commence on Weta Workshop’s retail store and tourism offering on the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington, New Zealand. The temporary extension, which adds approximately 30 square metres to the current space, will allow the Cave to accommodate visitor numbers for the upcoming season, projected to be its busiest yet.
The words “David Tremont” and “model maker” go together a bit like robots and ray guns. So it should be no surprise, then, that the long-time Weta Workshop stalwart is the creator of a brand new book all about the terrific art of model making. A how-to guide of epically entertaining proportions, Build Stuff & Let Slip the Androids of War is an ode to making stuff with your hands, designed to inform, inspire, and hopefully provoke a giggle or two in the process.
The verdict is in. Weta Workshop has named Chow Qin Yi the New Zealand winner of the 2016 Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition. Chosen by a panel consisting of Weta Workshop Creative Director Richard Taylor and senior artists from the Workshop’s design studio, the first-year architecture student from Auckland University has won a trip to Korea with Richard to attend the 2016 Gwangmyeong Concept Design Symposium.
Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry have won top honours in the Film & Costume section of the 2016 World of Wearable Art Awards (WOW). Hand-picked by Weta Workshop CEO and co-founder Richard Taylor, the pair will take up an internship at the Academy Award-winning concept design and physical effects manufacturing facility.
Weta Workshop is proud to announce it has secured online distribution rights for Wingnut Wings, Peter Jackson’s scale model kitset company, in a move which sees the Workshop become its largest online distributor. The full Wingnut Wings catalogue is now shipping worldwide from Weta Workshop's revamped online store.