Last year we tried something different on our Weta Forums, and invited Workshop Designer Daniel Falconer to ‘blitz’ the forums. And it was so popular that we have invited Senior Prosthetics Supervisor and Visual Creature Effects Art Director, Gino Acevedo to do it this month.

Gino oversaw all the special makeup requirements that Weta Workshop provided for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This included hundreds and hundreds of noses, ears and feet as well as the countless full facial and full body make-up appliances for all of Middle-earth’s non human inhabitants.

Seven of the nine leads in the films wore some form of prosthetic appliance- a huge undertaking to say the least! In addition, Gino oversaw the paint designs of all the films’ creatures, including Gollum, and was directly involved in bringing the many digital creatures and characters to life.

During King Kong Gino designed the prosthetic Skull Island Native make-ups with Dominie Till as well as art directing the film’s creatures at Weta Digital.

Gino will be blitzing the forums on NZ Wed 24 & 31 January 2007. Around the world that is:

Melbourne, Australia: Wed 24 & 31 January
London, England: Tues 23 & 30 January
New York, USA: Tues 23 & 30 January
Tokyo, Japan: Wed 24 & 31 January
Paris, France: Tues 23 & 30 January

It’s a good idea to spend some time in the forums before the blitz to search the topics and post your own questions, you can do that by logging onto You can check out Gino’s bio and gallery here.