- "Weta Workshop...made everything you see in the films. Richard Taylor, the man in charge - I think he's a genius."
- —Christopher Lee in extended edition documentary "Weta Workshop"
Richard Taylor (born February, 1965) is the creator and head of New Zealand movie prop and special effects company Weta Workshop, and was the foremost creative supervisor in the making of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy from 1998 to 2000.
He can be seen and heard on most of the behind-the-scenes documentaries in the extended editions of the films.
Richard Taylor grew up in Auckland, North Island, in New Zealand.
A close friend of Peter Jackson in cinema since 1989 (the year of Peter Jackson's show Meet the Feebles), Taylor with his team of young graphic designers created all of the props, prosthetics, miniatures, "bigatures", and weaponry for Jackson's epic The Lord of the Rings films in 1998 and on. He did the same for the first of the Chronicles of Narnia films. For his work on Jackson's trilogy, he shared in winning four Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup (twice). He had a cameo with Jackson and other crew members in the extended edition of The Return of the King, as a Corsair pirate.
Taylor was knighted in 2010 into a high appointment of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his "services to film", giving him the acronymous title "KNZM".