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His company, Weta Workshop, has brought to life such epic films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar and the Chronicles of Narnia.
For her work in any of these films, Taylor has won 5 Academy Awards in Hollywood, four BAFTA Awards, two THEA Awards, and more than 30 national and international awards.
Barcelona, April 13, 2023. Filmmaker Richard Taylor, winner of five Oscars and creator of various cinematographic universes through visual effects, gave a lecture on Wednesday, April 12, at the International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona). his professional career and the creative process, within the framework of the celebration of the 25 years of the University.
Taylor, together with his wife and business partner, Tania Rodger, has been at UIC Barcelona transmitting enthusiasm for what he does: "In this world, you have to be passionate, enthusiastic and tenacious", he said; "It's a matter of maintaining the love for what you do and the desire to share it with other people."
His company, Weta Workshop, has brought to life such epic films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar and the Chronicles of Narnia. Taylor has won five Academy Awards in three disciplines for special effects makeup, visual effects, and costume design.
He has also received four BAFTA Awards, two THEA Awards and over 30 national and international awards for his work within the creative industries. "We don't judge success by the number of Oscars won. You don't start a project with the illusion of winning an award, but by doing a good job, which can lead to awards later. For us, success is the stability that our team has found in the family we have created, in the confidence to create families, to have a stable and dynamic life", Taylor pointed out in an interview at UIC Barcelona.
Rodger, for his part, has highlighted the importance of creativity: "Creativity for me is keeping your imagination and having your heart, and making sure that these two things are always connected in everything you see around you and in everything you see." What do you feel," he said.
Taylor and Rodger started their business in the small back room of their apartment in 1987. Today, Richard and Tania run a company of 340 people from their workshop in Wellington, New Zealand. Despite their success, they stress the importance of keeping "feet on the ground": "In our house -explains Taylor-, more than two specific things (an airplane and a dragon from a couple of movies that I really like) are not there is nothing from all these worlds that we are working on. Because we want our children to grow up in normal life."
Both creative entrepreneurs have shared their expertise during three days at the University. In addition to the central conference yesterday Wednesday, they have given workshops on creativity, entrepreneurship, and sculpture to students of Architecture, Communication, Business Administration, and Bioengineering, among others.
Taylor's visit has been one of the central events in the program of events for the 25th anniversary of the University.
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The International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) was founded in 1997 with the aim of offering quality university education and promoting research as a service to society. Linked to the business world and with a markedly international character, it teaches 16 degrees, 8 double degrees, around thirty international double degrees and a wide range of postgraduate programs on its two campuses, located in Barcelona and Sant Cugat del Vallés.
As part of its commitment to society, UIC Barcelona also has three university clinics located on the Sant Cugat Campus: the University Dentistry Clinic, Support - University Psychology Clinic.