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Richard Taylor

Special Effects, Design

 Richard Taylor

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Richard Taylor

Special effects man and designer Richard Taylor got his break making puppets for 80s TV series Public Eye. He has gone on to become a key part of the Weta effects empire, supervising the creation of monsters, zombie mishaps and miniature cityscapes for a run of movies and TV shows. A passionate advocate for Kiwi talent, Taylor and his team have scored three New Zealand film awards, four BAFTAS and five Academy Awards.

Although Tania and I tend to run the company, at the end of the day it’s a celebration of the group. 
 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Costume Design

2013

 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Costume Design

2012

 The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin

Design

2011

 The Devil's Rock

The Devil's Rock

Special Effects
Design

2011

 District 9

District 9

Special Effects
Design

2009

 The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

Design

2009

 The WotWots

The WotWots

Executive Producer

2009

 Under The Mountain

Under The Mountain

Creature and Makeup Effects

2009

 30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night

Special Effects

2007

 Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Special Effects

2007

 King Kong

King Kong

Special Effects

2005

 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Special Effects

2005

 The Legend of Zorro

The Legend of Zorro

Special Effects

2005

 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Special Effects

2003

 Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

Special Effects

2003

 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Costume Design
Special Effects

2003

 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Costume Design
Special Effects

2002

 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Costume Design
Special Effects

2001

 The Ugly

The Ugly

Make-Up Effects

1997

 The Frighteners

The Frighteners

Creature, Makeup and Miniature Effects

1996

 Dirty Creature

Dirty Creature

Special Effects

1995

 Forgotten Silver

Forgotten Silver

Props and Sets

1995

 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Special Effects

1995 - 1998

 Jack Brown Genius

Jack Brown Genius

Special Effects

1995

 Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

Prosthetic Effects/Miniatures Designer

1994

 Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

Make-Up Effects

1994

 Prickle

Prickle

Special Effects

1994

 The Edge - Season Two, Episode Seven (birth of Weta)

The Edge - Season Two, Episode Seven (birth of Weta)

Subject

1994

 Braindead

Braindead

Special Effects

1992

 Valley of the Stereos

Valley of the Stereos

Models

1992

 Meet the Feebles

Meet the Feebles

Puppet Maker

1990

 Sex, Drugs and Soft Toys - The Making of Meet the Feebles

Sex, Drugs and Soft Toys - The Making of Meet the Feebles

Subject

1989

 Public Eye

Public Eye

Puppet Maker

1988 - 1989

 Public Eye - Episode One

Public Eye - Episode One

Puppet Maker

1988


The titles listed here may not reflect this person's full screenography. These are only the titles that are included in or referenced by this site.

Awards

2013 Bafta Awards
Nominated for Best Make-Up and Hair (with Peter King and Rick Findlater): for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards (United States)
Nominated for Excellence in Fantasy Film (with Ann Maskrey and Bob Buck): for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (United States)
Nominated for Best Costume Design (with Ann Maskrey and Bob Buck): for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012 New Zealander of the Year

2012 Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards
Best Makeup Design (with Davina Lamont and Sean Foot) : for The Devil's Rock

2006 Academy Awards
Achievement in Visual Effects (shared with Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul and Christian Rivers): for King Kong

2006 BAFTA Awards
Achievement in Special Visual Effects (shared with Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul and Christian Rivers): for King Kong

2005 Visual Effects Society Awards (United States)
Nominated for Outstanding Visuals in a Video Game (with Mark Skaggs, Matt J Britton and Nate Hubbard): for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth

2004 Academy Awards
Costume Design (shared with Ngila Dickson): for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Make Up (shared with Peter King): for The Return of the King

2004 BAFTA Awards
Nominated for Costume Design (with Ngila Dickson): for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Nominated for Make Up/Hair (with Peter King and Peter Owen): for The Return of the King

2004 Visual Effects Society Awards (United States)
Outstanding Models and Miniature in a Motion Picture (shared with Paul Van Ommen and Eric Saindon): for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2004 International Press Academy Satellite Awards
Nominated for Best Costume Design (with Ngila Dickson): for The Return of the King

2003 BAFTA Awards
Costume Design (shared with Ngila Dickson): for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Nominated for Make Up/Hair (with Peter King and Peter Owen): for The Two Towers

2003 Visual Effects Society Awards
Best Models and Miniature in a Motion Picture (shared with Paul Van Ommen and Matt Aitken): for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002 BAFTA Awards
Achievement in Special Visual Effects (shared with Jim Rygiel, Alex Funke, Randall William Cook and Mark Stetson): for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Make Up/Hair (with Peter King and Peter Owen): for The Fellowship of the Ring

2002 Academy Awards
Visual Effects (shared with Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook and Mark Stetson): for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Makeup (shared with Peter Owen): for The Fellowship of the Ring
Also nominated for Costume Design (with Ngila Dickson): forThe Fellowship of the Ring

2002 International Press Academy Satellite Awards
Nominated for Best Costume Design (with Ngila Dickson): for The Fellowship of the Ring
Nominated for Best Visual Effects (with Jim Rygiel, Alex Funke and Randall William Cook): for The Fellowship of the Ring

1999 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards
Nominated for Best Graphics, Animation, Computer Effects or Special Effects (shared with Andrew Beattie and Vince Hartwell): for Heaven

1997 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Contribution to Design: for The Ugly

1996 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain)
Best Special Effects: for The Frighteners

1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Contribution to Design (shared with George Port): for Heavenly Creatures

1993 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Contribution to Design: for Braindead

1992 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Spain)
Best Special Effects (shared with Bob McCarron): for Braindead