Weta Workshop does creative development, publishing, weapons, props, creatures, make-up, miniatures, public art, merchandise for many of my favorite films, such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Last Samurai, Dracula Untold and Avatar. Weta Workshop invites people to share their story: http://wetaworkshop.pgtb.me/8xb4Vl
This is my Weta story.
It all began thirteen years ago, when my mother took me to the cinema to see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. That moment changed my life. This was the beginning of the journey… my life’s journey.
I immediately fell in love with the on-screen Middle-earth that could not have existed without Weta. Soon after, I found something that I loved maybe even more: the appendices on the extended dvd’s of The Lord of the Rings. This was the first time I saw how movies were made, how all the departments work together to create this on-screen world: the sets, the costumes, the props, the weapons, all the designs and the effecs. This transparency about filmmaking inspired me to study Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I graduated at the university with a Master’s thesis about the adaptation of The Hobbit. You also inspired me to make my own costumes (how to make my own chainmaille), how to decorate my house, how I wanted to look (yes, the children in my class found the Legolas braids a bit weird but that didn’t matter to me). You inspired me how to live my life.
My journey went even further from home than I have ever been. I entered The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest and a dream came true when I actually was one the winners! I got the chance to visit New Zealand, the real Middle-earth! My number two memories of this journey of a lifetime are visiting Hobbiton and visiting you, Weta Workshop in Wellington. Meeting some of the artists like David Falconer, Gino Acevedo, Peter Lyon and of course sir Richard Taylor (and he liked my chainmail necklace!) was an absolute highlight I will never forget. To meet the persons that inspired me for who I want to become since the moment I first saw Middle-earth, thirteen years ago, is something I will treasure all my life.
Thank you for giving my life’s journey a purpose: to become a screenwriter and write stories to be brought alive on-screen. To be creative and make cool stuff. And hopefully to meet you again in New Zealand! Thank you Weta for your creativity, beautiful movies, inspiration and for bringing stories to life!
At your service,