Grant Major

Production Designer


Full Name: Grant Major

Birthplace: Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand

Birth Date: 1959


  • His first job was in television. He visited the BBC studios in London to study set design and then became employed by them

  • Has worked on TV and cinema commercials

  • Directed his own short movie, Undergrowth (2009)

  • Attended Auckland University of Technology and studied graphic art

  • He has conceptualized and designed special events. These have included the 150th birthday celebration of Louis Vuitton and the New Zealand TV and Film Awards

  • Turned down the opportunity to work on The Hobbit as he didn't really want to spend years on one project, like he had with The Lord of the Rings and he also had family commitments

  • He was the Production Designer for the 1989 Commonwealth Games and also designed the Royal Relay Baton

    Notable Projects:

  • Green Lantern (2011)
  • King Kong (2005)
  • Whale Rider (2002)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Heavenly Creatures (1995)

    Current Projects:

  • The Emperor (2012)
  • 3 Mile Limit (2013)

    Selected Awards:

  • 2004: Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  • 2004: Golden Satellite Award for Best Art Direction (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)


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