Major, Grant

Production Designer
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In 2004 the Academy of Motion picture arts and sciences gave their highest honor to Grant Major – Production Designer, for ‘Best Achievement in Art Direction’ for the last of the trilogy – “The Return of the King”, which he shared with Dan Hennah and Alan Lee. But, it is widely acknowledged that the stunning amount of awards handed out that night were for the combination of the three movies and the work and commitment of the people involved.

The tall, lanky, bespectacled Grant Major, born in Palmerston New Zealand was brought on board as Production Designer after working with Peter Jackson on “Heavenly Creatures” and “Frighteners” The process of set design for Tolkien’s LoTR began three years before the project was finalized, with early drafts of the script picked apart by Major, WETA head Richard Taylor and Tolkien conception artists, Alan Lee and John Howe.

Grant Majors job as PD also includes along with the artistic, the very real responsibilty of giving the directors, other producers and the studio heads a workable budget for the massive and intricate sets needed to bring the words to life.

An art-school grad with over 20 years of experience in set design and production, Mr. Majors doesn’t limit himself just to film. He oversaw the look for the Commonwealth Games Ceremonies for the NZ pavilions and done set work for Television (Hercules, Invisible Man). He was also, during his time with LoTR, the Production Designer for “Whale Rider”.

He continues to collaborate with Peter Jackson on “King Kong”, now in pre-production.

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Filmography:Production Designer
The Vintner's Luck (2009) (filming)
The Ruins (2008)
"Wired Science" (4 episodes, 2007)
King Kong (2005)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Whale Rider (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Aberration (1997)
The Ugly (1997)
Memory & Desire (1997)
The Frighteners (1996/I)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Jack Be Nimble (1993)
An Angel at My Table (1990)

Art Director
Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (1994) (TV)
Hercules and the Amazon Women (1994) (TV)
An Angel at My Table (1990)
Kitchen Sink (1989)
The Invisible Man (1984/I) (TV)
Other Halves (1984)

An Angel at My Table (1990)

Art Department
Queen City Rocker (1986) (conceptual artist)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) (thanks)

Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong' (2006) (V) .... Himself
Kong's New York, 1933 (2006) (V) .... Himself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV) .... Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' (2002) (V) .... Himself

More: Grant Major on IMDb