October 12, 1999
An Unlikely Looking HQ
For a $300 Million Film
In north Miramar hard up under Mt Crawford an old
"Mel-o-rich" milkshake powder factory is home to New Zealand's largest ever
cultural investment -- the Lord of the Rings trilogy being filmed over the next 18 months
under the direction of Peter Jackson.
A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday, Scoop scouted out
Camperdown Studios -- on the corner or Camperdown and Weta Sts -- HQ to Peter
Jacksons massive film project.
Camperdown was not -- yet anyway -- the hive of activity one
might expect it to be. No limousines nor anyone vaguely famous was spotted. Admittedly it
was a Sunday.
The site appeared to be completely covered in low barracks
like buildings with various industrial milk handling apparatus attached. There are also
lots of signs referring those interested in talking to Weta digital to a relatively new
looking office block at the rear of the site.
Out front was a rusty bus, out rear a triumph sports
convertible. The kids were kind of disappointed there were no milk-shakes.