LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – New Zealand is home to a thriving film industry, one that has produced movies like the internationally acclaimed “Whale Rider.” It was an early adopter of incentives that attract outside productions. It’s also the home of Peter Jackson’s effects companies, Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, and their impact on New Zealand’s film industry cannot be underestimated.
Weta has grown from a boutique effects house serving only Jackson’s projects to one that services production the world over. And that has provided New Zealand with an edge that is as sharp as Aragorn’s sword. [More]