Gus says that his professional development is very much motivated by his outlook on life:
Creatively, King Kong was very demanding at the time, but well worth the journey at the end when I saw what Jackson had created. At the end of the day I just want to be happy, enjoy life, be the best I can be in what I do and still be passionate about it. Which I can say I do at Weta."
Gus joined the team during The Lord Of The Rings trilogy in 2000, in the Visual Effects Art Department, where he forged a relationship with Jackson and Weta. Gus has worked on concept art for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and was a Senior Concept Artist on King Kong from the very start (pre-production) to the very finish (post-production).
Gus, who is also a casual guitar player, can often be found in a quiet corner of the Design department listening to jazz while working on his designs. He says music and design are complimentary art forms which both inspire his work.
I've always thought that art and music go hand in hand. They are both very creative on different levels. The opportunity to be able to work on movie concepts and design is so creative and, for me, great art, music and movies inspire me greatly."
Prior to joining the Weta team, Gus was working as a freelance illustrator from home after completing a Diploma in Visual Communication and Design. An introverted person by nature, the process of working collaboratively with a team of designers was "challenging" at first, says Gus, but was hugely beneficial with the new skills gained. While at Weta he has created artworks for many of our high profile projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Avatar, Fantastic 4 - The Rise of the Silver Surfer, Eragon, Xmen 3 and The World of Kong book.