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King Kong

One of Hollywood’s classic films is remade in New Zealand using the latest digital technologies and massive studio sets. Based in 1930’s New York the story takes us via a tramp steamer to a mysterious island somewhere near Java.

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.



Best Art Direction for King Kong
Art Directors Guild of America, 2006


Best Production Design
Film 2006 for King Kong
BAFTA Society, Great Britain, 2006


Academy Award (Oscar®) for Art Direction for King Kong
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2006