"Remember: pain is temporary, film is forever!"Peter Robert Jackson
— Peter Jackson
(born October 31, 1961) is a New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his hugely successful The Lord of the Rings
film trilogy, adapted from the book of the same name
. The final movie of the trilogy, The Return of the King
, won 11 Academy Awards at the 2004 ceremony to honour films of the previous year, including Best Picture and Best Director. This made him only the fourth person to win Oscars for directing, producing and screenwriting in the same year (joining Billy Wilder
, Francis Ford Coppola
, and James L. Brooks
; this group would be joined four years later by The Coen Brothers
Prior to his work on the trilogy, he already had a cult following for his splatter comedies. In 1994, he received his first Oscar nomination for screenwriting for Heavenly Creatures
, based on the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder, committed by two teenage girls in Christchurch, New Zealand. His first big budget movie was The Frighteners
, starring Michael J. Fox
. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't commercially successful. In 2005, he finally fulfilled his dream to remake the 1933 classic King Kong
In January 2010 he became a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, officially styled Sir Peter Jackson, and later in June 2012 he became an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest honour.
He owns his own production company, Wingnut Films, and is a prime mover behind Weta Workshop, the special effects company responsible for The Lord of the Rings
, The Chronicles of Narnia
, and Avatar
. He also financed the feature film version of District 9
after being impressed by the original short.
Jackson is known for his macabre sense of humor, his attention to detail, his dedication to the job and his general playful attitude. He is also a noted perfectionist, demanding numerous takes of almost every scene. His work often features multiple camera angles and shots, as well as zooming closeups on characters' faces. He is known for enthusiastically using computer enhancement technology and digital special effects. He also likes to have cameos
in his films, and others too; for example, he made an uncredited appearance in Hot Fuzz
as a knife-wielding Santa Claus.
His studio has also made a fully functional mermaid's tail
prosthetic for Nadia Vessey
Some of his notable works include:
Tropes associated with Peter Jackson's work
- Creator Couple: His wife Fran Walsh has been a co-writer and co-producer on all his films, with the exception of Bad Taste, and provided the voice of the Nazgul in Lord of the Rings.
- Gorn: Bad Taste and Braindead are practically dripping with blood and guts.
- One of Us: He's a fan of Halo and wanted to do a movie based on it, but it never got off the ground.