Our final judge for the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase & Awards is none other than Richard Taylor, CEO & Co-founder Weta Workshop.
Richard Taylor is a co-founder and the creative lead at Weta Workshop which he runs with his wife Tania Rodger. Weta Workshop has an international reputation as one of the film industry’s most successful design and special effects studios. Richard has won five Academy Awards© for Weta Workshop’s work on large-scale feature films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, as well as being known for The Chronicles of Narnia, Daybreakers, District 9, Avatar, Elysium, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Chappie, The Hobbit trilogy, The Great Wall, Ghost in the Shell, Power Rangers, Blade Runner 2049 and Thor: Ragnarok. Weta Workshop has also produced hundreds of miniatures, models and puppets for TV shows like Hercules, Xena and Thunderbirds Are Go. Richard has also received four BAFTAs, two VES awards and a number of national/international entertainment, business and community awards.
Although Richard’s career has primarily focussed on the screen industries, he has also completed a number of jobs within the Museum trade including for Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (Blenheim, NZ), Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, NZ) and The Great War Exhibition (Wellington, NZ).
In 2010 Richard was awarded a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to film, and in 2012 was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.
We are absolutely thrilled to have Richard join us for the 10th NZ Body Art Showcase & Awards and thankful for all the support he & Weta Workshop have given us over the years.