Reclaiming the Blade journeys to Weta Workshops for an exclusive with director Richard Taylor. This shoot will include high-definition cutaways of some of Weta’s most brilliant pieces. The New Zealand based company, founded with Peter Jackson, produced award winning swords for The Lord of the Rings, Master & Commander, Kingdom of Heaven, Narnia and The Last Samurai.
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Richard Taylor is the creator and Director/Effects Supervisor of film prop and special effects company, Weta Workshop. Founded in 1987 by Taylor and his partner, Tania Rodger , Weta Workshop is a physical effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film. A digital division, Weta Digital, was formed in 1993.
Weta Workshop’s output came to worldwide prominence with director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, producing sets, costumes, armour, weapons, creatures and miniatures. For his work on the three films, he shared in winning four Academy Awards. This included two for The Fellowship of the Ring in Make Up and Visual Effects, and two for The Return of the King in Costume Design and Make Up.
Weta Workshop also worked on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Richard Taylor and his crew designed and built all the armor, weapons and special props for the film. The company was also heavily involved in the making of Peter Jackson’s interpretation of King Kong for which he won his fifth Academy Award, in Visual Effects.
Images ©2002 courtesy New Line Cinema/Weta Workshop
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