This excerpt from arts show The Edge looks at the special effects being crafted for Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures. It's an intriguing insight into the early days of Weta, the effects house who went on to be the world-making wizards behind Lord of the Rings, Avatar and District 9. Richard Taylor — now Weta Workshop head — crafts a sea creature; George Port gives a tour of the fledgling Weta Digital (him, a computer and a single room!); and Jackson (in a Tintin t-shirt) breaks down Heavenly Creatures scenes, and muses upon Kiwi ingenuity and taking on Hollywood.
I really like the Kiwi ingenuity. We’re in a small team, in a small building, in a tiny room ... we’ve got all this gear and we bought it and didn’t have a clue really [about] how it worked. We figured it out ourselves, and learned a lot from it. We’re kind of doing it. They [Hollywood] can do it, so we can do it. It’s a real Kiwi attitude I think, which is kind of fun.– Jackson on taking on Hollywood from Wellington (Tasman Street to be precise)