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Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop during his panel at HobbitCon 2014

During one of his panels, Sir Richard Taylor answers a question from one of the attendees. Someone asks about him wearing a Dark Crystal t-shirt and if he thinks another puppet fantasy could work nowadays or if VFX have taken over.

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Weta Workshop is a five time Oscar winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world’s entertainment and creative industries. Weta’s film credits include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Elysium, The Adventures of Tintin, District 9, King Kong, The Chronicles Of Narnia, Halo movie shorts, and The Lovely Bones.


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Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. Steve has an extensive background in corporate sales. Steve also worked for ISAF: International Security Assistance Force and the Canadian Military as a recruiter in Human Resources for the operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. When not immersed in Tolkien works,sci-fi, and film, you can find him training in Muay Thai, and Italian rapier.


  1. I miss puppetry and animatronics in film. I loved Jim Hensen’s work and loved the dark Crystal. Another gem by the Jim Hensen company was The Story-teller. I thinkhis son was in charge of the company by then. Wonderful talk by Richard Taylor.

    • Jason Alan - PHATE

      sigh…i miss being young, when life was full of hope, and star wars ruled the world, and the mets were actually good in the mid eighties, and jim henson and carl sagan were alive, and speilberg was in his fantasy sci fi movie prime, and the red ice cream truck had those amazing italian ices, and people werent egotistical mellon-faced buffoons…oh, and when puppetry and animatronics were used in film….