Christian Rivers

Visual Effects Art Director


Full Name: Christian Rivers

Birthplace: New Zealand








  • Has storyboarded all of Peter Jackson’s films since Braindead (1992)

  • Appeared in a cameo role in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) as a Gondorian soldier during the lighting of the beacons scene

  • Sold his house in Wellington and has moved to America

  • Met Peter Jackson when he was 17

  • As well as being a storyboarder, he has worked with Peter Jackson as an animator, pre-visual supervisor and second unit director

  • Had a cameo as a truck driver in King Kong (2005)

  • He is set to make his directorial debut with The Dambusters. As of yet, no filming has begun

    Notable Projects:

  • The Lovely Bones (2009)
  • King Kong (2005)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  • Braindead (1992)

    Selected Awards:

  • 2006: Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects (King Kong)
  • 2006: Saturn Award for Best Special Effects (King Kong)
  • 2006: BAFTA for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects (King Kong)
  • 2006: Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Picture (King Kong)
  • 2006: Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Picture (King Kong)
  • 2003: Visual Effects Society for Best Effects in Art Direction (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)


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