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Richard Taylor

Special Effects, Design

Special effects man and designer Richard Taylor got his break making puppets for 1980s comedy series Public Eye. He has gone on to become a key part of the Weta effects empire, supervising the creation of orcs, zombie mishaps and miniature cities for movies and TV shows. A passionate advocate for Kiwi talent, Taylor and his team have scored five New Zealand screen awards, four BAFTAS and five Academy Awards.

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

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Great War Stories 2 - Lottie Le Gallais

2015, Subject - Television

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014, Costume Designer, Armour, Weapons, Creatures, Special Makeup - Film

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

2013, Costume Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures, Special Makeup - Film

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012, Costume Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures, Special Makeup - Film

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The Devil's Rock

2011, Special Effects, Design - Film

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The WotWots - Whistle Wots (Series Two, Episode 63)

2011, Executive Producer, Creator - Television

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The Lovely Bones

2009, Design - Film

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Under the Mountain

2009, Design and Effects Supervisor - Film

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Black Sheep

2007, Special Effects Designer and Supervisor - Film

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King Kong

2005, Special Makeup, Creatures and Minaitures - Film

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From Len Lye to Gollum - New Zealand Animators

2004, Subject - Television

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Perfect Strangers

2003, Special Effects - Film

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003, Costume Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures, Special Makeup - Film

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002, Costume Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures, Special Makeup - Film

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001, Costume Design, Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Makeup - Film

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The Ugly

1997, Special Make-Up Effects - Film

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The Frighteners

1996, Creature, Makeup and Miniature Effects - Film

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Dirty Creature

1995, Special Effects - Short Film

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Forgotten Silver

1995, Props and Sets - Television

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Jack Brown Genius

1995, Special Effects - Film

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The Edge - The Birth of Weta

1994, Subject - Television

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Prickle

1994, Special Effects - Short Film

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Heavenly Creatures

1994, Prosthetic Effects/Miniatures Designer - Film

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Once Were Warriors

1994, Prosthetics - Film

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Braindead

1992, Special Effects - Film

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Valley of the Stereos

1992, Models - Short Film

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Meet the Feebles

1990, Model Maker, Puppet Maker - Film

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

1989, Subject - Television

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Public Eye

1988 - 1989, Puppet Maker - Television

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Public Eye - First Episode

1988, Puppet Maker - Television