We took the #2 bus from the center of the city, and it took us within 500m of this amazing special effects shop (they did the effects for Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, District 9, and Halo 3). $20 got us a behind-the-scenes tour with an actual artist (Kat, weapons design). This is a working effects house, NOT a museum, so she wasn't a tour guide, but an artist who gives the occasional tour. It was unreal, but as a spoiler alert, it's one of those "the rabbit was in the hat the whole time" tours. Some of the magic of the movies will go away after the tour, but you will be impressed. Highly recommended.
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March 26, 2013
HI Sunil H
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Glad you had such a great time on your tour - and I'll pass on the feedback to Cat!
We hope we haven't fully removed the magic from the movies for you! In all honesty I can say, even after having worked here for as long as I have, and knowing what I know about the behind the scenes stuff, I still get sucked into the magic of movies, sometimes I enjoy it even more (cos I know all the insider stuff - what can I say - Geek Much?)
Hope the same happens for you!
Cheers, the Weta Cave and Window into Workshop Crew
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