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Weta Workshop in Wellywood!

Anyone who is interested in movie special effects will have heard about the award-winning Weta Studios. They’ve been involved with many movies and TV shows including the Lord of the Rings movies, King Kong, Avatar to mention a few and more recently Thunderbirds.

Weta Studios was started in 1987 by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger. They initially worked out of their Wellington apartment.

It’s free to visit their shop and view many collectibles plus watch a movie detailing the origins and different things they work on at Weta. It’s also possible to do a tour, but since many of the things they work on are proprietary, only a small portion of the actual studio is accessible.

Troll

On arrival at the shop, you’re greeted by these huge trolls. I’m 5’ 9” so that should give you an idea of how big they are.

Gollum

Gollum – this model was just amazing. The face looks so real as does the fish he’s holding.

Weta Studios

The entrance to the studio, which is guarded by a huge genie!

Trolls

Me braving one of the other trolls. I’m so glad they weren’t real because they were so lifelike. You could see right up their noses…

The movie we were shown contained glimpses of special effects and indicated what some of the talented people work on each day. It must be such a fun job. The tasks ranged from making armor and working with leather to making swords, designing computer graphics and so much more.

I have to admit I have a fondness for action movies, and I always enjoy the special effects such as explosions and the fight scenes, especially those where the actors wear armor. I watched The Mummy movies again a few weeks ago. All those creepy mummies and the insects, the sand storms and plane flights. Good fun!

What is your favorite movie when it comes to special effects?

13 Facts About Trolls

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Later this year, hubby and I are doing a cruise of the Baltic region. One of the stops is Oslo, Norway, a place I didn’t know much about. Research and deciding what to see is always part of the fun for me, and I was intrigued to learn about the combination of trolls and Norway.

Thirteen Facts About Trolls

1. If you Google trolls, at first you’ll come up with lots of websites about internet trolls, which are a different beast all together.

2. The trolls I’ve been researching live in the mountainous regions or woodland regions of Norway. They’re known as mountain or woodland trolls.

3. These days they are a shy creature and there is great debate as to their existence.

4. Several places in Norway are named after trolls such as Trollfjorden, Trollveggen, Trollstigen.

5. Trolls are huge and ugly. They’re scary but according to local lore they’re a little stupid, and a clever man or woman can use this to manipulate them.

6. Trolls are one beast that a romantic woman should not attempt to kiss. She will not find a prince but rather a filthy creature with long, entangled hair. The troll is more likely to eat her than attempt to exchange a kiss.

7. It’s very difficult to discern reality from myth and legends, especially since there has been no documented sightings for some many years.

8. Some people say trolls possess shape shifting powers, so perhaps this is why they’re so good at eluding people. Maybe your best friend is a troll in hiding.

9. I understand trolls are mammals and they live to a great age – anywhere in the range between 1000 – 12000 years old.

10. Like vampires, trolls have a bad reaction to sunlight. Younger trolls turn to stone while older trolls explode on exposure to sunlight.

11. Whenever you see electric pylons in Norway, especially in isolated mountainous regions, they’re probably not there for electricity but are electric fences used to keep trolls within their territories.

12. Trolls are mostly seen on moonlit nights.

13. It’s very important not to make an enemy of a troll because they’re good at revenge. The best advice I can give is to keep in good standing with any trolls you might meet or you’ll be very sorry.

Have you visited Norway? Have any tips? Do you have any experience with trolls?