What is Immersive Entertainment?

From the earliest cavemen and women telling stories around the campfire, to ancient theatre, travelling illusionists wowing audiences with magic tricks, to the advent of radio, cinema, television and the internet - humans have always told stories through creativity and technology.

The next game-changing collision of creativity and tech is upon us. A new frontier that brings cinematic experiences from the 2D screens into the 3D world. It's called Immersive Entertainment.

Where does Weta Workshop fit?

Whether it be genre-based story worlds, themed lands, interactive experiences, travelling exhibitions, or live immersive shows, Immersive Entertainment is about harnessing traditional artisan and craftmanship techniques with new technology developments and combining it with creative excellence to create new types of entertainment in spatial settings.  

Weta Workshop is at the forefront of this bold new frontier. Armed with our 8-year partnership with Mixed Reality technology company Magic Leap, we're taking our recent successes - among them, Gallipoli and the charming travelling exhibition Bug Lab - and growing our creative team to invent, develop, design and produce Immersive Entertainment Experiences (IEE).

We want to shift the way we experience stories. To change how we connect with characters. To open up fantastical new worlds. We want our clients, partners, guests, and fans alike to ponder what they saw and ask: “How did they do that?!”

About Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop is a five-time Academy Award®-winning concept design studio and physical effects manufacturing facility that services the world’s entertainment and creative industries.

For over 20 years the Workshop has applied its creativity and craftsmanship to blockbuster films and hit television series including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit motion picture trilogies, King Kong, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, District 9, Elysium, Chappie, Thunderbirds Are Go and Ghost in the Shell.

This diverse, innovation-driven company is also an international tourist destination, producer of consumer products, interactive studio in collaboration with Florida-based technology company Magic Leap, behind-the-scenes and media production facility, and creator of public sculptures and immersive exhibition experiences like the record-breaking Gallipoli: The scale of our war, at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa.