Mortal Engines – Made in Wellington
You’d never suspect that a film of the epic scale of post-apocalyptic adventure Mortal Engines, was filmed and produced entirely in the small city of Wellington, New Zealand.
From set design, costumes, VFX and post-production, the Universal Pictures and MRC film draws on the exceptional talent from across the Wellington region.
In fact, the movie, was the first feature film directed by Wellington local Christian Rivers, filmed and produced almost all along a single street in the seaside suburb of Miramar.
For Rivers, Wellington's depth of talent made the process of making Mortal Engines in New Zealand’s capital an enjoyable one
I've known all these crews [in Wellington] as they have come together over the years. It's just a hot bed of creative and technical talent, and I can't imagine going anywhere else," says Christian.
It wasn't just Wellington's filmmaking talent that the production made the most of; its musicians also were involved with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recording the score.
"The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is a world class orchestra, so it was great to be able to score here even though our composer, Junkie XL, is based in LA.
"He came down with his team and we got to score the film with some of the best musicians in the world," says River.
Rivers says Wellington attracts a lot of imaginative people, sometimes just for a film project but many choose to stay.
"Wellington just draws so much creativity. It draws a lot of creative artistic people, and technical people, people who want to innovate. They happen to come here, and they never leave!"
"I could mention anyone that works for Weta Workshop or someone like Gino Acevedo or Joe Letteri, people who are the best in the world at what they do. They come here, and they find a home here in the creative film industry and they never leave - I guess I'm just one of those people," says Christian.
This film is a testament to Wellington's ability to make incredible productions and innovate as we go. We are very lucky to be surrounded by these people and businesses every day