“I've had the immeasurable pleasure of working with Richard Taylor and his team at Weta Workshop on 6 Major Films over the last ten years. This talented group of craftsmen bring an unparalleled design aesthetic, innovation, cutting edge technology and enthusiasm to every project they undertake. And at the end of a very long production day, I can always count on an inspiring, reinvigorating experience when I walk in their door, truly like working with an extremely passionate group of friends. ”
Barrie Osborne, Producer
Weta Workshop has produced a range of award-winning models and miniatures for many groundbreaking projects, including the castles, environments and villages in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong and Andrew Adamson's Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the miniature ships in Peter Weir's Master and Commander, and an exploding steam train for Martin Campbell's The Legend of Zorro.
Weta Workshop's miniature work has contributed to the winning of numerous awards including Academy Awards in 2006 for King Kong and 2002 for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the 2002 BAFTA Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Visual Effects Society Award 2004 for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Visual Effects Society Award 2003 for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Using a combination of traditional model-making techniques and the latest in model-making technology and equipment (including digital 3D scanning and milling, laser cutting, 3D printing and rapid-prototyping), Weta Workshop can produce any number and scale of models and miniature environments, from the historically accurate to the fantastical or futuristic. Weta's miniatures team have produced everything from high-tech cities complete with moving vehicles, through to medieval architecture and detailed natural landscapes. Working from sketches, photographs, or architectural blue-prints, miniatures can be made to match digital environments or sets and can be accurately scaled in proportion to full scale elements. All Weta Workshop's miniatures are built in modular sections for maximum flexibility and practicality. The crew are available to guide a client through the realities and benefits of using miniatures, offering experience and advice on the most appropriate ways to film them.
Weta Workshop prides itself on artistry, vision and innovation. Guided by the creative hand of Richard Taylor who has won two of his Oscars for his work in the discipline of miniature building. The miniatures team is dedicated to producing realistic and convincing models of the highest quality for any creative endeavour in any genre -- to budget and to deadline.