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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF CREATIVITY

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A director will have a vision in their head of the kind of movie they want to create but they always need great teams to realise that vision. This is what Weta Workshop and Weta Digital do. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, these two companies, founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk, have been an integral part of some of the most groundbreaking movies of all time.

This beautiful commemorative book is an insider's tour of twenty years of filmmaking magic at Weta Workshop, the five-time Academy Award-winning design studio and physical effects manufacturing facility known for its work on films like The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, King Kong, District 9 and The Hobbit. 

Written by longtime crew member Luke Hawker, this colourful tome is the ultimate guide to how Weta Workshop brings imagination to life!

A wonderful collection of stories and images from a very well-respected, high calibre company in the movie industry.

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Brimming with never-before-published content, including concept designs, sketches, making of and behind-the-scenes imagery, along with interview material from cast and crew members, this book is a stunning look at how the costumes, creatures and characters, weaponry, and visual effects are created for some of the world's most iconic films.

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Avatar
  • The Hobbit trilogy
  • District 9
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • King Kong
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Elysium

Celebrating 20 Years of Creativity

Weta Workshop: Celebrating 20 Years of Creativity reveals the extraordinary story of Weta Workshop, an Academy Award-winning conceptual design and manufacturing studio known for its creations for such films as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, District 9, and The Hobbit trilogy. Along with its film work, Weta Workshop makes collectible art, children's television shows, and public sculptural pieces. Featuring a foreword by Peter Jackson, this publication offers unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes photographs, concept sketches, and final imagery from all these ventures. Weta Workshop: Celebrating 20 Years of Creativity was written by Weta Workshop Supervisor Luke Hawker, who has been with the Workshop for 16 years.

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"The effect is definitely special as the curtain is pulled back on The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, The Hobbit and other eye-popping hit movies."

USA Today (No 2 on Holiday Gift Book List)

"...a fabulous monument to the wonderful world of Weta."

Bruce Monro, Otago Daily Times.

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