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Wellington creatives craft freaky Christmas world

19 Dec 2015

Wellington’s renowned visual effects industry was central to the production of Krampus, a Christmas horror movie proving to be a box office hit.

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Produced by Legendary Pictures, Krampus features an unlikely collection of festive characters including nail-gun-firing gingerbread men, a teddy bear with beastly fangs, an evil cherub and the terrifying demon Krampus, an interpretation of Santa’s shadow.

The production was based primarily around Miramar Peninsula from March until May this year and drew on nearly 300 New Zealand-based cast and crew members plus more than 500 craftspeople associated with Weta Workshop and Weta Digital.

“Wellington was such an important partner for us during production," said Krampus producer Alex Garcia. "From its world-class production facilities and insanely talented crew, to the wildly inventive and passionate craftsmen at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital who created our creatures and helped establish the unique aesthetic of the film, we had a wealth of unbelievable assets at our disposal.”

The production also utilised the services of post-production house Park Road Post and catering, props and equipment hire companies. Shooting took place at the multi-purpose Stone Street Studios in Miramar, and included a short stint at Mitre 10 MEGA in Petone.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Chief Executive Chris Whelan said creative industries were a core part of Wellington's regional economy, and the screen sector was world-class.

“It’s great to see top international production companies seeking out the full service offering available in Wellington, including studio facilities, modelling, visual effects and post production. Productions like Krampus also help showcase the skills and versatility of our region’s creative teams.”

Based on an Austrian legend, Krampus is the story of a boy who accidentally summons a Christmas demon to his family’s home. Written by Michael Dougherty, it stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner, who made several appearances at local comedy club VK’s during his stay in Wellington.

The movie opened in the US on December 4th and grossed US$16M in its opening weekend, despite showing alongside the final Hunger Games movie.

For more information and video links, see the Weta Workshop media release.

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