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From the Resene News – issue 2/2002


"And the Award goes to..."   Resene Kilbirnie staff had a pleasant surprise when Weta Production's staff brought their BAFTA in to share with the local Resene staff who assisted them throughout their work. Weta Productions also won two Academy Awards.

Sophie, Andy and Paul from Resene Kilbirnie

In honour of the success of the Lord of the Rings, Resene have included a new Lord of the Rings inspired colour in the Range 2003. Aptly named Wellywood, this colour is unique. Distinctive like Peter Jackson and a celebration of New Zealand's claim to green, Wellywood is truly one of a kind.








From the refurbishment of the Embassy theatre to supplying thousands of litres of variously coloured paint throughout the Lord of the Rings filming, Resene have been on hand every reel of the way. Resene staff have assisted with such diverse tasks as identifying the original Embassy paint colours, developing electronic renders, writing paint specifications and assisting with colour selection... not to mention finding ways to satisfy unusual requests such as how to create mouldy finishes. Mould is normally a problem Resene tries to fix, not create!

The Middle Earth home of Lord of the Rings screenings, the Embassy theatre exterior was repainted two years ago using Resene X-200 weathertight membrane to protect the heritage building. With a style of its own, the palette was designed to enhance the natural heritage features while retaining its traditional appearance. The main front façade palette was finished in Resene Sidecar (white yellow) complemented by Resene Scotch Mist (warm yellow white) and Resene Saltpan (green white). Windows were treated to Resene Hot Chile (deep red) to add a spicy punch to the neutral backdrop.

Prior to the Lord of the Rings premiere in December 2001, the Embassy underwent a major interior refurbishment that was completed just in time for the big opening night. Resene's beloved Spanish White (muddy neutral) was used throughout the interior area, beautifully offset against lavish furnishings and wayward orcs.

As the official paint supplier to Middle Earth, Resene was clapping as loudly as all other proud New Zealanders when Lord of the Rings broke Box Office records and gathered numerous coveted nominations and awards.








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