If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you are very familiar with the work of Richard Taylor. That’s because as the head of Weta Workshop, Taylor was instrumental in bringing Peter Jackson‘s films to life by producing the many sets, costumes, armour, weapons, creatures, and miniatures in the films. For The Hobbit, Taylor and his team of artisans are once again bringing Middle Earth to life.
Earlier this year I got to visit Weta during my set visit for The Hobbit. In a room filled with Academy Awards and tons of amazing movie props, a group of us got to talk with Taylor. He discussed how he’d been working on The Hobbit for over three years, how they weren’t creating any miniatures for The Hobbit, that his team created eight hundred weapons in the seven weeks leading up to the first day of filming, the way 3D printing has helped build some of the props, how HD filming has changed the way they create the prostheses, 48fps, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Approach this news with highly-cautious optimism, but it’s possible that Neill Blomkamp’s (tentatively titled) District 10 could begin shooting this year. MarketSaw reports that the film is in pre-production and will go before cameras sometime around October. However, this past October we reported that Blomkamp was making another sci-fi film but it wasn’t District 10. And as we reported then, that news coincided with an interview Steve did with Blomkamp in August during the press tour for District 9.
Then there’s Steve’s recent interview with Richard Taylor, the creative director of Weta Workshop (who handled all of the special effects for District 9). When Steve asked Taylor about working on Blomkamp’s next sci-fi movie, Taylor responded, I’m not sure I can say that yet, but by being elusive… We’re just thrilled by the possibility of making films with him in the future.” So while it’s possible that Blomkamp could be moving ahead with District 10, It’s also possible that there was some confusion from MarketSaw’s source and it’s Blomkamp’s untitled sci-fi project that’s scheduled to shoot in October. Either way, it’s very exciting news.
To help promote the recent release of Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray, I got to speak with Richard Taylor. If you’re a fan of the LOTR trilogy, you already know who Richard Taylor is and his amazing work. But for the newbie’s, Taylor is the co-founder and co-director of the Weta companies in Wellington, New Zealand, and he’s the Creative Director of Weta Workshop. He’s also won four BAFTAs, five Oscars, and numerous other awards for Weta’s success in makeup, costume and visual effects.
As a huge fan of Taylor’s work and the LOTR trilogy, I could have spoken to him for hours. But due to only having 15 minutes on the phone (he was in New Zealand), I asked his thoughts on LOTR on Blu-ray, we talked about how The Hobbit would look different than LOTR as Middle Earth was more peaceful back then, what did he do on Avatar, and is he working with Neill Blomkamp on his new sci-fi film as he worked on District 9.
If you’re a fan of Taylor’s work, you’ll love the interview. Hit the jump to check it out: