January 27, 2018
Oh. My. God…. I took the COOLEST tour of Weta Studios! For all of you non-film majors out there, this is the company Peter Jackson co-created decades ago and used for Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, and James Cameron used for Avatar. Others like District 9, King Kong, Avengers… the list is endless!
One of the best chain mail blacksmiths in the industry gave us the studio tour. He showed us the molding process, sculpting studio, all the new technology of mask making and prosthetics, armor (that he made), and the steel chain mail that my boyfriend, Viggo, wore in LOTRs Trilogy. He was the only actor who demanded the authentic weight and feel of the steel. So hot. Then the animatronics.
I’ve been very fortunate to be behind the scenes in many of these houses like Stan Winston Studios who molded all the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, and every Spielberg film where he needed something strange, and Predator, and this was by far way freaking cooler.
Oh, and we went to visit a few spots where they filmed Lord of the Rings. Our driver / guide for the day was an extra on the films for years and had SO many great stories!
I absolutely loved Wellington. Another city I could live in.