Peter Jackson first read Richard and Tania the script of Heavenly Creatures whilst sitting on his bed in a little apartment at Cannes Film Festival when they were visiting for the screening of Braindead. They couldn't have imagined then how this film would further progress their effects business and change their lives.
Weta was formed in 1993 for Heavenly Creatures, which was Peter Jackson's fourth feature film. At this time, the company consisted of Jamie Selkirk (the film's editor), Peter Jackson, George Port (a digital artist), Jim Booth (the producer), Tania Rodger and Richard Taylor.
Incorporating the talents of Richard and Tania's physical effects workshop and the newly formed digital effects division, Weta provided the miniatures, prosthetics and suit effects for the fantasy realm of Borovnia, as well as digital effects for Heavenly Creatures. They started their digital business with one computer in the back room of an old townhouse in Wellington. Sadly, their close friend and business colleague, Jim Booth, passed away during this time.