This deluxe slipcased two-volume set is an insider’s tour of twenty years of movie-making magic at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, the creative team behind such celebrated films as The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, The Avengers, King Kong and District 9.
Brimming with never-before-published content, including concept designs, sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, and interview material from cast and crew members, it is a stunning look at how the sets, costumes, creatures and characters, weaponry, and visual effects are created for the world’s most iconic films.
A talented director with the right cinematography crew may see in his or her head exactly the movie he wants to make. But to realize that vision he must have the right sets, costumes, characters, weapons, vehicles, and visual effects. These are exactly what the geniuses at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital provide. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, these two companies, partially owned by Peter Jackson, have provided the creative support for some of the most ground-breaking and acclaimed movies of all time.
Such movies include:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Hobbit trilogy
The Adventures of Tintin
The Chronicles of Narnia
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Elysium (premiering this August 2013. Directed by Neil Blomkamp of District 9 fame)
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‘There’s no denying the attention to detail invested by Weta Workshop… and the amazing images on display.’ — SciFi NowAbout the Author:
Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility based out of Wellington, New Zealand, servicing the world’s entertainment and wider creative industries. Weta Workshop is also a multi-disciplinary facility, with crew members expert in a diverse range of disciplines all housed under the one roof. These services include conceptual design and the manufacturing of weapons, armor and chainmail, specialist props, custom vehicles, specialty costumes, miniatures and models, special makeup and prosthetics, and public art installations or displays. The team at Weta enjoys engaging in projects holistically, from preliminary technical analysis and conceptual design through to manufacture across all departments and the final delivery of product and crew to set, anywhere in the world. Drawing on more than twenty years of filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning design and special effects supervisor Richard Taylor is intimately involved in all projects from concept through to delivery. Best known for the company’s design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, District 9, and The Adventures of Tintin, Weta Workshop is not limited to film and television, offering services to creative industries worldwide.
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