Rob is mentioned in a press release: NZ's international screen accolades signal bright future
Thursday, 9 February, 2012 - 17:19
New Zealand's screen industry's continued international awards success shows local companies are in the vanguard of a changing global industry, says Film New Zealand CEO Gisella Carr.
Following on from The Adventures of Tin Tin's recent win of a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, New Zealand enjoyed further success yesterday at the 10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards. Weta Digital had an unprecedented 10 nominations, with the New Zealand visual effects company announced winners of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture for the character Caesar.
New Zealand-made productions also claimed success over the weekend at the Annie Awards (commonly known as the animation 'Oscars'). Of the nine New Zealand nominations, two were announced winners at the weekend's awards ceremony. The upcoming BAFTA awards and Oscars also have a number of New Zealand nominations.
Ms Carr says New Zealand is also fortunate that people are able to have global careers from home in a way that was unimaginable a generation ago.
"Sir Peter Jackson, Bret McKenzie, Rob Tapert, Andrew Adamson, Sir Richard Taylor and </a>Weta Digital are among those operating from a New Zealand base. It is internationalising our industry, with overseas practitioners at the top of their game deciding to base themselves in New Zealand and people who come here to work on international productions deciding to stay."