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Weta Workshop is a physical effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film. Founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor and others, it has produced creatures and makedown effects for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess and effects for films such as Meet The Feebles and Heavenly Creatures. A digital division, Weta Digital, was formed in 1993. Physical Effects is the term given to a sub-category of Special Effects in which mechanical or physical effects are recorded. ... Miramar is a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, located southeast of the city centre. ... Jump to: navigation, search Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Taylor is the creator and head of New Zealand movie prop and special effects company Weta Workshop. ... Hercules: The Legendary Journeys was a television series produced from 1995 to 1999, very loosely based on the tales of the classical culture hero Hercules. ... Xena. ... Jump to: navigation, search Meet The Feebles (1989) is a black comedy film by director Peter Jackson. ... Jump to: navigation, search Heavenly Creatures (1994) is a film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the true story of the Parker-Hulme murder in Christchurch, New Zealand. ... Weta Digital is a digital special effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand, an offshoot of the Weta Workshop physical effects company. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Weta Workshop's output came to worldwide prominence with director Peter Jackson's film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, producing sets, costumes, armour, weapons, creatures, and miniatures. Jump to: navigation, search Peter Jackson in Wellington (New Zealand), at the premiere of The Return of the King, December 2003. ... The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy consists of three live action films, directed by Peter Jackson. ...


"Weta" is possibly an acronym as well as relating to the New Zealand-native insect. The company's website "history" page says the four promoters called it "Weta" "after New Zealand's coolest little monster, a bizarre and prickly prehistoric cricket". The acronym (WETA) possibly stands for Wingnut Entertainment Technical Allusions [sic; a play on the words allusion and illusion], Wingnut Films being Jackson's film production company. Weta may be going through a re-branding exercise, having spawned new divisions such as Weta Tenzan Chain Maille with more in the pipeline. {{d or biting people, they are able to inflict painful scratches with the potential of dangerous infection. ... {{d or biting people, they are able to inflict painful scratches with the potential of dangerous infection. ... Peter Jackson in Wellington (New Zealand) Peter Jackson CNZM is a film writer, director and producer born in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand to Bill and Joan Jackson on October 31, 1961. ... In rhetoric, an allusion is a stylistic device in which one implicitly references a related object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in an external context. ... An illusion is a distortion of a sensory perception. ...


Currently, Weta is working on new projects, such as Jane And The Dragon and the 3-D live action version of the hit Japanese anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is due around 2006-2010. Weta is currently working on the Game to Film adaption of the popular Xbox video game Halo: Combat Evolved. And, in December 2005, Weta's fantasy skills will be used yet again when The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to theatres. A very popular, long-in-print series of childrens books written and illustrated by Martin Baynton. ... Jump to: navigation, search Production of a live action version of Neon Genesis Evangelion was announced in May 2003 by the American company ADV Films (who holds world-wide rights to the series outside of Asia and Australia), and will be made by ADV, Gainax and Weta Workshop Ltd. ... Jump to: navigation, search Neon Genesis Evangelion Shin Seiki Evangerion) is an anime television series, begun in 1995, directed and written by Hideaki Anno, and produced by Gainax. ... Jump to: navigation, search The script for the movie Halo, based on the video game series under the same name, was recently written by Alex Garland. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Xbox is Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ...


External links

  • Sketch map of the half-dozen related sites near Wellington International Airport
  • Weta Workshop
  • Weta Digital

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Weta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (541 words)
Weta can be found in environments ranging from mountainous conditions to urban gardens by virtue of their ability to cope with wide variations in temperature.
A Giant Weta can have a body length in excess of 8 centimetres (3 in) not inclusive of its lengthy legs and antennae, and weigh more than 70 grams (2.5 oz), making it both one of the largest insects in the world and heavier than a sparrow.
Giant Weta, along with the Tree, Ground and Tusked Weta, are members of the family Anostostomatidae (or Stenopelmatidae).
Weta Workshop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (293 words)
Weta Workshop is a physical effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film.
Weta may be going through a re-branding exercise, having spawned new divisions such as Weta Tenzan Chain Maille with more in the pipeline.
Currently, Weta is working on new projects, such as Jane And The Dragon and the 3-D live action version of the hit Japanese anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is due around 2006-2010.
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