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Joint design programme opens new creative worlds

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Concept designers eager to advance their skills in the film, TV and game sector can now learn from industry leaders of the award-winning Weta Workshop in a new venture with Massey University and its Master of Design programme. Operating within the existing Master of Design framework, the course focuses on Entertainment Design for film, television, and game. 

Weta Workshop's Colourful Costumes for Thor: Ragnarok

The latest film in the Marvel universe is not just a smashing success. It has Kiwi blood running through its veins. Wellington’s Weta Workshop manufactured hyper-stylised armour and weapons for the film, including super cool helmets for Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and even a costume for the film’s director, fellow New Zealander Taika Waititi.

Weta Workshop’s Miniatures Feature in Blade Runner 2049

Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s iconic science fiction film, has earned universal critical acclaim worldwide. Alongside stunning visuals and cutting-edge digital effects, the film features monumental physical miniatures, built and filmed in New Zealand by Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop.

Weta Workshop Winners Return from a Creative Week in Korea

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Accompanied by two talented students, the Weta Workshop crew are back from a week of fantastical creativity: the Gwangmyeong Concept Design Symposium in South Korea! This trip is the culmination of the annual Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition (GCDC). Now in its fourth year, the GCDC asks the best emerging design talent in New Zealand and South Korea to put their imagination to the test.

Weta Workshop Gives Power Rangers Suits a Mighty Reboot

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Attention nineties kids, kids of nineties kids, and anyone who likes superhero sagas: Saban’s Power Rangers has launched on Blu-ray, featuring a sleek new set of suits created by Weta Workshop for one of pop culture’s most iconic quintets.

Sofia Bue Brings Bodies of Art to Kickstarter

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Bodies of Art, the debut art book by Weta Workshop technician Sofia Bue, is live on Kickstarter now. Its pages showcase Sofia’s award-winning bodypainting through a series of gorgeous photographs, showing the human body in an extraordinary new light.

Entries Open for 2017 Gwangmyeong Concept Design Contest

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It gets bigger and better every year. Weta Workshop has opened the 2017 call for entries for the annual Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition. Up for grabs? An incredible trip to South Korea with Weta Workshop CEO and Co-founder, Richard Taylor.

Behind the Scenes on Ghost in the Shell

The cybernetic future of Ghost in the Shell is about to take shape at the movies. Working closely with director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), New Zealand’s Weta Workshop produced an extensive body of work for the Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment production, spanning conceptual design, prosthetics, animatronics, specialty costumes, props, on-set assistance and behind-the-scenes content.

Weta Workshop’s First Board Game Now New Zealand’s Most Successful Kickstarter

30 days. 6598 backers. $USD935,010 raised. At 4pm on Saturday, GKR: Heavy Hitters, the first board game by Weta Workshop, exploded past the finish line to become New Zealand’s most successful Kickstarter. 

Limited-Edition "Ghost in the Shell" Collectible Figures

To mark the release of Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ highly anticipated live-action film Ghost in the Shell, Weta Workshop, the award-winning creative design and practical effects facility, has launched two stunning limited-edition collectible figures: Major, the lead character and the beautiful but deadly Geisha.  These impressively detailed statues mark the first time the Workshop has made the foray into mixed media collectibles, also expanding the direction for the Workshop’s consumer products team.

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