When Aaron isn't at Weta, he indulges in his personal love of Muscle Cars, developing custom car designs and illustrations for his clients, and working on his Plymouth 'Cuda. You can view Aaron's personal work at: www.skul4aface.blogspot.com.
Aaron Beck always dreamed of working in a creative environment. As a kid he focused on the practical side of effects, spending hours coating his face in PVA glue and tissue paper to try and simulate a horrendous push bike accident to scare his mum. She was seldom fooled, or particularly impressed, but as she was never a fan of the detailed gun shot victims and nasty creatures he drew, he felt the design end of film would better suit his artistic inclinations.
After completing a design degree in illustration, he then decided to explore many other creative outlets, such as animation, directing, photography, music video directing and production. In 2003, he won a national music video competition for the direction of New Zealand band, Olmecha Supreme's single ‘Shematica'. In 2004, Aaron produced a successful exhibition of his favourite photographs from a trip through south East Asia and China, the proceeds of which went to tsunami relief efforts. (He was fortunate enough to fly out of Thailand a few days before the tsunami).
In 2006 Aaron joined the Weta team, and has since drawn robots, creatures and costumes for various projects including Halo and James Cameron's Avatar, and a number of secret projects still under wraps. He says his highlight at Weta thus far has been designing props for Avatar (not surprising when you learn his favourite movie as a kid was ‘Aliens') and then seeing them get made by the legendary artisans at the Workshop.
"Rumble in the Jungle" is very Aliens-Matrix-Transformers cool. Those spider pics are... Read more.
"Rumble in the Jungle" is very Aliens-Matrix-Transformers cool. Those spider pics are just plain scary! Made me pull out my Victorious Mongoose. Huzzah! Hide.
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