JOHN HARDING is the production designer

John Harding has a versatile and varied career as film production designer, art director, character and costume designer, as well as theatre and event designer, and design tutor. Recently he was a costume designer on James Cameron’s epic Avatar. He worked for Weta Workshop for five years on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in many design, construction and art director roles. He also designed and developed miniature sets, native costumes and weapons for Weta Workshop, for Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and made the freezer for Gaylene Preston’s Perfect Strangers.

His most recent film as production designer is Jason Stutter’s upcoming Predicament. He was production designer for The Lost Children, the 13-episode television series set in 1860s New Zealand; the telefeature Until Proven Innocent; the award-winning short film Fog and he won the New Zealand Film Awards best design award for his work in the short film The King Boys. His work as art director includes US telemovie Fatal Contact: Bird Flu In America, New Zealand television series Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson), and Larry Parr’s feature film Fracture.

He has extensive experience as a theatre designer and has also taught in many aspects of stage and film design at Auckland University, Unitec, New Zealand Film School and Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, having originally trained as a specialist art teacher at Canterbury University and Teachers College.


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