On Sunday, Weta Workshop’s world-famous tourism hub, retail store, and mini museum opened its doors to celebrate ten years in business – heralded by the proverbial popping of corks and the very real munching of cake.
A sci-fi showdown of monstrous proportions, Legendary’s latest blockbuster, Pacific Rim Uprising, has landed in cinemas, featuring creature design and sci-fi suits by New Zealand’s Weta Workshop. Under one roof in Weta Workshop’s facility on Wellington’s Miramar Peninsula, the Workshop crew produced designs for the Kaiju monsters, fabricated a series of highly technical suits, and joined the production team on set in Sydney, Australia.
In another creative first, Weta Workshop has today officially opened its newest facility, Weta Gameshop, thought to be the world’s first specialist mixed reality development studio dedicated to creating new content for Magic Leap.
Weta Workshop is excited to announce a very special collaboration with New York sculptor, Sabin Howard. We are working with Sabin on a World War I memorial sculpture to be displayed in Pershing Park, Washington D.C. As Sabin progresses in his work, he'll share his thoughts on the sculpting process from deep inside the walls of the Workshop.
Concept designers eager to advance their skills in the film, TV and game sector can now learn from industry leaders of the award-winning Weta Workshop in a new venture with Massey University and its Master of Design programme. Operating within the existing Master of Design framework, the course focuses on Entertainment Design for film, television, and game.
The latest film in the Marvel universe is not just a smashing success. It has Kiwi blood running through its veins. Wellington’s Weta Workshop manufactured hyper-stylised armour and weapons for the film, including super cool helmets for Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and even a costume for the film’s director, fellow New Zealander Taika Waititi.
Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s iconic science fiction film, has earned universal critical acclaim worldwide. Alongside stunning visuals and cutting-edge digital effects, the film features monumental physical miniatures, built and filmed in New Zealand by Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop.