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Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson (born October 31, 1961), a film director and producer from New Zealand. He was first known for his "splatstick" horror comedies, and came to prominence for his movie Heavenly Creatures, for which he received Oscar nominations. Jackson is now best known as the director of the epic film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Unlike other New Zealand film directors, Jackson has remained in New Zealand to make films, preferring to have Hollywood come to him, rather than going to Hollywood to make his films. In the process he has created or acquired a number of local businesses in order to support film production in New Zealand. He was an early user of computer enhancement technology and provided digital special effects to a number of Hollywood films by use of telecommunications and satellite links to transmit raw images and the enhanced results across the Pacific Ocean, making good use of time differences between New Zealand and North America.

See also: New Zealand cinema



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