Design Studio services

Weta Publishing has created a new breed of books focused on celebrating the creative process.

We design beautifully crafted, visually stunning books that tell the stories of the artists and technicians who work within the film and entrainment industries. Our passion for telling these wonderful stories through publishing was born out of our love of working on projects that we have been lucky enough to be involved with over the years. 

How we work

The Weta publishing team provides services from concept, editorial, layout design, print production and can manage the process all the way through to distribution.  We have established strong relationships with publishers and distributors worldwide.

Some of our highlights

Over the last three years we have sold over a half of a million copies.  Some of our book highlights include titles such as The Art of the Adventures of Tintin, The Art of District 9, The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island (King Kong), The Crafting of Narnia and The Hobbit Chronicles. We are currently working on The Hobbit Chronicles series.  Over 250,000 copies of the first book were printed.  The books are translated into five languages as well as English and distributed world-wide.  The first Hobbit Chronicle An Unexpected Journey : Art & Design featured on the New York Times bestseller list.  

Printed or Digital

We are currently working on our sixth book in The Hobbit Chronicles series.  Over 250,000 copies of the first book were printed and an average of 100,000 copies of subsequent Chronicles have been printed.  The books are translated into five languages as well as English and distributed world-wide.  The first Hobbit Chronicle An Unexpected Journey : Art & Design featured on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to print books, Weta Publishing has explored ground breaking digital products which offer the reader the opportunity for a greatly enhanced experience including e-books and apps. An example of this is The Art of the Adventures of Tintin application which includes exclusive interactive elements.  

We look forward to working with you for your next publishing endeavour.

Our publications

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Chronicles – The Art of WarHobbitBotFAArtofWara2

This latest volume goes behind the lines to explore how thousands of artisans brought the defining film of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to the screen.More than 1,000 intricate illustrations, stunning photographs and never-before-seen imagery illuminate fascinating insights shared by cast and crew, including exclusive content from the extended edition of the final film.

From the sorcerous ruins of Dol Guldur and the fiery conflagration of Lake-town, follow the filmmakers on to the blood-soaked battlefields of the Lonely Mountain, and climb the steps of Ravenhill to witness the final,                       tragic duel of Thorin Oakenshield and Azog, the Pale Orc.

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

Hobbit BotFA ChroniclesArtandDesign 200The 256 pages of this beautiful book are packed to bursting with more than 1,800 pieces of conceptual artwork created for the epic final instalment of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Learn how the battle for the Lonely Mountain was plotted, its armies designed and its landscapes shaped, through detailed commentary by the films’ Academy Award®-winning creative team members at 3Foot7, Weta Digital and Weta Workshop.

From Lake-town and Dol Guldur to Dale and Ravenhill, each section is richly illustrated with concept art depicting creatures, costumes, armour, props and environment design hand-picked by the artists themselves from the Dragon’s hoard of artwork generated for the film.

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Art of Film Magic: 20 Years of Weta

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This deluxe slipcased two-volume set is an insider's tour of twenty years of film-making magic at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, the creative companies behind such celebrated films as The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, The Avengers, King Kong, District 9 and The Hobbit.

Brimming with never-before-published content, including concept designs, sketches, making of and behind-the-scenes imagery, along with interview material from cast and crew members, it is a stunning look at how the costumes, creatures and characters, weaponry, and visual effects created for some of the world's most iconic films.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Cloaks and Daggers

hobbit chronicles DoS Cloaks Daggers coverphoto 200The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Cloaks and Daggers peers through the silver screen to examine the incredible efforts undertaken to create thousands of costumes, armour, weapons, props and set dressing elements for Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Covering both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, this lavish volume bulges with behind the scenes images, sumptuous photography and film stills.

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“We are thrilled to be involved with the Weta Publishing team in the creation of The Hobbit (Specialist) Books. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work produced by our amazingly talented artists and craftspeople who are responsible for conceptualizing, designing and building the sets, props and dressings for The Hobbit.”

- DAN HENNAH, 3 FOOT 7 ART DEPARTMENT.


The Hobbit: Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon

hobbit Smaug Book front cover lrg 200Come face to face with Smaug the Magnificent, the most realistic, breath-taking and destructive Dragon ever to appear on screen.

Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon, is packed with stunning, exclusive new images revealing how Smaug’s design grew out of hundreds of detailed and fantastical concepts into the beast that was unleashed upon the screen in awesome digital glory.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Art & Design

hobbit chroniclesDoSArtDesignb4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Art & Design explores and celebrates the creative vision of the second film in Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Exploring the design and development of the environments, cultures, creatures and artifacts encountered by the characters, its 224 pages are filled with more than 1,000 stunning images of conceptual art, supplementary photographs and detailed commentary provided by the film’s cast and crew.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles, Creatures & Characters

hobbitbookchronicles2creaturesalrg11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles, Creatures & Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes and villains, beasts and beings that populate Middle-earth in the first chapter of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and film stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species, character by character, through the film’s huge ensemble of characters and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, telling the stories of how each came to be.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design

hobbitbookchroniclesAUJUPDATEDa4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design is the first in a series of comprehensive and beautifully presented books created by the artists at the heart of the film-making process. Readers will be able to follow the design process as it unfolds with early sketches and final designs. The book offers an unprecedented insight into the conceptual processes behind the making of an epic film.

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“We are very excited to be creating a series of books that celebrate the amazing work that is being done on The Hobbit movies.  They will show the incredible attention to detail that goes into everything that is being produced for these films and are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the designs and artistry of so many people within their respective departments.”  - RICHARD TAYLOR. 

 


The Art of The Adventures of Tintin

TintinBookArtOfalrg12The Art of The Adventures of Tintin is the beautifully presented book about the film from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures,The Adventures of Tintin. This 3D performance-capture film, based on the universally popular series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, is directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

From early concept illustrations to final shots from the film and everything in between, The Art of The Adventures of Tintin gives fans a rare glimpse of the creativity that goes into making a film like this a reality and includes special pieces of artwork produced exclusively for this book.

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The Art of The Adventures of Tintin app

TintinAppArtOfalrgThe Art of The Adventures of Tintin app, now available on the App Store, is the first app of its kind, allowing viewers to immerse themselves into the world created by the film makers like never before. The App features 360° Immersive Environments, 360° Turnaround Characters, Video Clips and Exclusive new content, all integrated into the amazing story of how this ground breaking movie was created.

Check out the video with Steven Spielberg.

 


The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop

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Through hundreds of conceptual illustrations and sculptures The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop tells the story of Weta Workshop’s involvement in designing the guns, the aliens, the vehicles, the graphic language of this unique film and how the creative team worked closely with Neill Blomkamp to realise his vision. Through gorgeous photography the book also showcases the many physical props and custom vehicles made by Weta Workshop for the film.

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Weta: The Collector’s Guide

wetabookcollectorsalrgFor the first time, every fine art collectible created by Weta Workshop over 10 years is collected and presented in a single authoritative volume. This stunning catalogue features 300 pages of beautiful studio photographs, bios and insights from Weta Workshop's artists and craftspeople, and a master index of edition sizes, release dates, artist credits and availability at the time of print.

Weta: The Collector's Guide includes an Introduction from multi Academy Award winning Richard Taylor, whose incredible passion has inspired this decade of collectible creativity. The book is designed and written by Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop conceptual designer, part time sculptor and passionate collector.

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The World of Kong, A Natural History of Skull Island

kongbook01lrgWeta launched its publishing arm with The World of Kong, A Natural History of Skull Island, published in conjunction with Pocket Books and tied into Peter Jackson's King Kong.

Written and illustrated by Weta Workshop's creative team, the same designers responsible for the movie's creatures, The World of Kong catalogues the amazing wildlife of King Kong's fictitious island home like a comprehensive field guide.

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The Crafting of Narnia

caspcraftingbook01lrgWritten and designed by the artists of Weta and published by HarperCollins, The Crafting of Narnia chronicles the stunning concept drawings, designs and props that helped shape the world of Narnia for the screen.

With detailed photography, hundreds of never-before-seen drawings and sculptures and commentary from the artists and craftspeople of the workshop, discover the intricate work and exhaustive research that went into each idea, prop and weapon conceived at Weta Workshop for the first two instalments of the saga in the Disney movies The Chronicles Of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.

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