News for Jan. 14, 2008

Meet Kong's Artist!

1/14/08, 10:43 pm EST - Xoanon

One of the stunning images Gus created, inspired by his native Samoa.

From the folks at WETA: We sit down with Senior Designer Gus Hunter, the man responsible for many of the stunning visuals in King Kong.

When asked what his favourite movie is, Senior Concept Artist Gus Hunter refers to the 1933 version of King Kong as one of them. “I’ve always loved movies with dinosaurs and scary monsters”, he says. “I remember watching it as a kid, and it just blew me away.” Little did he know that one day he would be working as the senior concept artist on Peter Jackson’s remake of the classic.

Gus joined the team during The Lord Of The Rings trilogy in 2000, in the Visual Effects Art Department, where he forged a relationship with Jackson and Weta. Gus has worked on concept art for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and was a Senior Concept Artist on King Kong from the very start (pre-production) to the very finish (post-production). [More]