‘Creating an entire world in little more than a year is a colossal task, but for production designer Grant Major, it’s just another day at the office. The artistic force behind Peter Jackson’s epic “The Lord of the Rings” franchise and the director’s follow-up- an equally mammoth remake of 1933’s “King Kong”, Major has become renowned for his ability to fashion fantastic lands and historically-accurate time periods…..’
Academy Award winning Production Designer Grant Major, whose latest production designs will be seen later this year in Universal Pictures’ “King Kong’, will receive the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Production of the Year Award at the festival’s October 24 awards ceremony. His selection was determined for his “distinguished body of work” by a recommendation of the Council of the Art Directors Guild (ADG). Major won his Oscar® for his work in “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” He was nominated for two additional Art Direction Academy Awards for “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2003) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2002)…
Nominated- Best Art Direction for King Kong’- Art Directors Guild of America, 2006
Nominated- Best Production Design-Film 2006 for King Kong- BAFTA Society, Great Britain, 2006
Nominated - Academy Award (Oscar®) for Art Direction for King Kong- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2006
Filmed almost entirely on sound stages and back-lots in Wellington the environments for this epic project were created by a combination of full sized sets, models and digital extensions. One set, ‘New York streets’ covered over 7 1/2 acres.