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CHRISTIAN RIVERS (Directed by) won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong in 2006. Rivers also took home a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award and a Saturn Award for the same film in the same year. Other awards collected by Rivers include a quartet of VES awards in Visual Effects related categories for his work on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and King Kong.

In 1992, Rivers garnered his first film credit as a storyboard artist on Dead Alive, the splatter cult classic from Peter Jackson. Earlier, he had sent a letter to Jackson, with drawings enclosed, expressing his interest in working in film. Jackson immediately saw his potential and gave the school leaver a job as his storyboard artist. Rivers has continued to work as a storyboard artist with Jackson over the last 25 years, filling this role on all of his films. As the process has evolved away from the more traditional pencil and paper boarding, Rivers has also lead the charge in the pre-visualization process as a supervisor.

Rivers is an all-rounder when it comes to film, having worked at both Weta Workshop and Weta Digital during his career. A multi-disciplinary artist, Rivers has lent his hand to drawing, sculpting, physical and special effects, and as an assistant art director. In visual effects, he has honed his skills as a conceptual designer, animation director and a visual effects supervisor. On The Hobbit films he stepped up as a second unit director on Smaug and Journey and took the same role a couple of years later on Pete's Dragon.

As well as working on all of Jackson's films, Rivers was also credited on Contact, The Water Horse and The Warrior's Way.

Rivers collaborated with writer Guy McDouall on his directorial debut for his short film Feeder. Feeder has screened at film festivals around the world and picked up an award for Cinematography at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival in 2016.


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