Art of Science Fiction 096: NZ’s Weta Workshop

This week I’m doing something special for Art of Science Fiction. Usually we look at the artists themselves, but I’ve decided to give the Weta Workshop some love. Not that they need it of course, but I want to. I am proud of them. Maybe it’s because it’s a New Zealand company and because I am from New Zealand.

Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger started the business in 1987 in the back room of their flat in Wellington. Today Weta Workshop is a world-leading design and effects facility servicing the world’s creative industries, having won 36 awards, five of which are Oscars and Four BAFTAs.

They provide groundbreaking conceptual ideas and design for the entertainment and creative industries with a core focus on film, television, gaming, digital assets and themed environments. You might be aware of their work on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but they have also worked on films such as the recent Ghost in the Shell and the new Power Rangers movie. Other movies include Elysium, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Wall, Warcraft, Edge of Tomorrow, and many more.

Below is a small collection of the company’s concept and design work, as done by various artists. Enjoy!

To see more of Weta Workshop’s projects and concept art, click here. Also, you’ll remember in a previous post that we mentioned that Weta Workshop also helped design and make the Sir Julius Vogel Award. You’ll also remember we mentioned that “Babylon’s Song” received a nomination. Well, watch this space for news shortly, for we have wonderful news.


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Woelf Dietrich

Woelf Dietrich mostly writes tales of dark fantasy and the supernatural, which is maybe not such a far cry from his lawyering days. Sometimes he writes other things. He resides in New Zealand with his wife and kids and a dog.

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