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.
Aboriginal mythology and science fiction collide in high-stakes ‘near fi’ drama, Cleverman, a genre-bending new TV series produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and Pukeko Pictures for Australia’s ABC TV in co-production with Sundance TV and Red Arrow International. Wellington’s Weta Workshop contributed creature design, specialty hair work and makeup effects and Park Road Post Production provided picture, sound and VFX post production services. It’s an Australasian co-production that’s been dubbed both “ambitious” and “adventurous”.
Joanna Peacock won the Weta Workshop Costume & Film Section of the 2015 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards with her spectacular entry, To Be or Not to Be. That meant packing her bags in January to take up her prize of a four-week internship with us.
With Weta Workshop’s Wal and Dog sculpture delighting Gisborne-ites on the banks of the Taruheru River, it’s time for us to delve a little deeper into how this bronze duo came to be. Introducing Jonathan Campbell, owner of Created and Cast Bronze.
It’s looking to be a watershed year for Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Lightfield™ technology, and Wellington’s Weta Workshop is playing a pivotal creative role.
When Weta Workshop General Manager, Dave Wilks answered a phone call on a Saturday morning back in September, the last person he expected would be on the other end was an astronaut, let alone one aboard the International Space Station. Fortunately for Dave and the Weta Workshop crew, that's exactly who it was. American Astronaut Kjell Lindgren was calling Dave to set up a downlink, NASA speak for video call, with the Weta Workshop Crew.
Yoojin Seong and Si-heon Kim took out top honours at the 2015 Gwangmyeong International Fantasy Conceptual Design Competition. Their prize? An immersive month-long internship with Weta Workshop.
From 2016, there will be another great reason to visit Gisborne. Two, in fact. Commissioned by the city’s Arts in Public Places Committee, Weta Workshop has brought the iconic stars from Footrot Flats, Wal and Dog, to life in bronze. Gazing up at his owner with adoring eyes and lolling tongue, Dog sits alongside Wal, who has his hands jammed casually into the pockets of his classic Kiwi stubbies, unsure what all the fuss is about.
You better watch out because Krampus is here, and you can thank Weta Workshop for summoning him up from the depths of the workshop floor, along with a cavalcade of bloodthirsty Christmas beasties.
Fans of the Thunderbirds Are Go television series are now able to go behind the scenes and see the artistry behind the show, with the latest Weta Workshop tourism experience now open in Miramar. The Thunderbirds Are Go Behind-The-Scenes Experience takes guests on an exclusive tour of the authentic props, models and set pieces used in the production of the hit Pukeko Pictures and ITV television show.