Profile image for Grant Major

Grant Major

Production Designer

After boning up on set design at TVNZ and the BBC, Palmerston North-born Grant Major has gone on to design movies for Peter Jackson and Niki Caro. His work as a production designer on epics Lord of the Rings and King Kong resulted in a run of international accolades, including an Academy Award for Return of the King.

I experimented a lot in the early days and learned a lot of lessons and made mistakes, and had successes. There's no equivalent to just doing it and getting better at it from a technical point of view. Grant Major, in a 2011 interview with Tom Lisowski

Thumbnail image for Grant Major: Oscar-winning designer...
Interview

Grant Major: Oscar-winning designer...

Interview, 2012

Thumbnail image for Kiwi Christmas

Kiwi Christmas

2017, Co-Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

2014, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Not Set in Stone

Not Set in Stone

2014, Art Director - Film

Thumbnail image for Mr Pip

Mr Pip

2013, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Beyond the Edge

Beyond the Edge

2013, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Vintner's Luck

The Vintner's Luck

2009, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Dead Letters

Dead Letters

2006, Production Designer - Short Film

Thumbnail image for King Kong

King Kong

2005, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

2003, Subject - Television

Thumbnail image for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Whale Rider

Whale Rider

2002, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Memory and Desire

Memory and Desire

1998, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Ugly

The Ugly

1997, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Frighteners

The Frighteners

1996, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Peach

Peach

1995, Production Designer - Short Film

Thumbnail image for Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

1994, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for A Game with No Rules

A Game with No Rules

1993, Production Designer - Short Film

Thumbnail image for Jack Be Nimble

Jack Be Nimble

1993, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for Logan Brewer - The Man Behind the Razmatazz

Logan Brewer - The Man Behind the Razmatazz

1991, Subject - Television

Thumbnail image for An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table

1990, Production Designer - Film

Thumbnail image for The Grasscutter

The Grasscutter

1988, Art Director - Television

Thumbnail image for Hanlon - In Defence of Minnie Dean

Hanlon - In Defence of Minnie Dean

1985, Art Director - Television

Thumbnail image for Hanlon

Hanlon

1985, Art Director - Television

Thumbnail image for Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

1980, Production Designer - Television

Thumbnail image for Children of Fire Mountain

Children of Fire Mountain

1979, Production Designer - Television

Thumbnail image for Children of Fire Mountain - Tom (First Episode)

Children of Fire Mountain - Tom (First Episode)

1979, Designer - Television