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Sir Peter Jackson's blockbuster trilogy – The Lord of the Rings – put Wellington on the map as a major film making destination.
Wellington was the production base for all three of the Lord of the Rings films. It was the first time anyone had embarked on such an audacious project: filming three major films simultaneously.
The third and final film – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King – won 11 (11!) Oscars® at the 2004 Academy Awards®. It joined landmark films Ben Hur and Titanic for the most awards won by a film.
For three years, Wellington played host to hobbits, elves and orcs, to live action shooting and green screens for the latest special effects.
The visual effects realised at the local facilities in Miramar showed off Wellywood's technical and production capabilities. New techniques were developed for the trilogy in both digital effects and modelmaking.
The filmmakers also had access to incredible locations on their doorstep, filming a number of key scenes in Wellington.
Plus being only 10 minutes from Wellington International Airport, the production could easily film in the stunning landscapes throughout New Zealand and also have ready access to Los Angeles.
“I feel incredibly proud that this country, and especially this town, is responsible for what we have done.” Peter Jackson