Wētā Workshop, MediaWorks and MBM team up to launch NZ’s first 3DOOH billboards

Editor News Make a Comment

WELLINGTON, Today: Travellers through Wellington Airport this morning are being captured by a giant troll wreaking havoc on the departure boards in New Zealand’s first foray into 3DOOH.

The full motion 3D effect billboard features Jeff, the troll from Wētā Workshop’s Auckland tourism experience, Wētā Workshop Unleashed. The playful troll can be seen rearranging departure screens to introduce the world of Wētā Workshop Unleashed.

The promotion will show on MediaWorks’ prime billboard locations at Wellington Airport from today and Newmarket train station in Auckland from early next week.

MediaWorks outdoor director Brad Morgan said: “Wētā Workshop was a natural partner to showcase this new capability in New Zealand.

“Wētā has been at the forefront of the creative industries in Aotearoa for 30 years, so we knew they’d bring the wow factor.

“Full motion 3DOOH has been shown to achieve a higher brain response than static content. It’s not only more eye-catching, it’s also more memorable and highly shareable.

“Right from our initial testing, we’ve seen people whipping out their phones, filming the billboard to share with their friends or on social media. It is definitely creating a buzz.”

“Right from our initial testing, we’ve seen people whipping out their phones, filming the billboard to share with friends or on social media. It is definitely creating a buzz.”

Wētā Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor says the new 3D billboard platform was a perfect place to showcase not only the Wētā Workshop Unleashed experience, but also the talent, creative problem solving and breadth of expertise across Wētā Workshop.

“When we were offered this opportunity by MediaWorks and MBM, their agency partners, we jumped at it and immediately started brainstorming on how we could bring it to life.

“Our crew’s experience and capabilities allowed us to make Jeff the star behind this billboard campaign.

“It’s always fun when people across the various divisions of our company come together to collaborate on a project as exciting as this. Using the highest level of animatronic puppet control tech and the lowest of simple muppet hand techniques, the combination has produced a fun and engaging piece of media using a physical puppet performing in a model-made set. It was so much fun working on this!”

Annabelle Wilkinson from MBM said: “3DOOH offers an exciting opportunity for advertisers in New Zealand.

“We’ve been watching this technology evolve overseas in recent years and we are proud to work with MediaWorks and Wētā Workshop to launch this first of its kind format in Aotearoa.

“Wētā Workshop has set the bar high with this incredible promotion. We think it’s going to spur some serious creativity from brands wanting to engage with their audiences in this new format.”

4 x weeks
The MediaWorks billboards will showcase the new 3D effect advertising for four weeks in June and July.

Auckland’s Wētā Workshop Unleashed continues at Sky City.


Wētā Workshop
Creative Directors: Richard Taylor, Rik Athorne
Creative Producer: Greg Broadmore
Director: Josh Winger
VFX Supervisor and Editor: Chris Williamson
Producer/Managing Director: Thomas Corn
Production Coordinator: Georgia Ah Kuoi
Animatronics: Omelia Iliffe, Zoilo Abad, Cameron May, Chris Williamson
Puppeteering: Andrew Durno, Tom Walden, Ben Brister, Jimi Smith, Laki Laban
Graphics Design: Olly Armstrong, Greg Broadmore
Camera Operator. Dawid Szlaga
Props Supervisor: Marco Wuest
Marketing Specialist: Dean Smith
Marketing Manager: Louise Chan

Managing Director: Annabelle Wilkinson
Strategy Director: Josh Hogg
Business Manager: Mikayla Shaw
Implementation Assistant: Leah Kay

Outdoor Director: Brad Morgan
Group Head Agency Sales: Amber Conroy
Commercial Lead: Lohnet Waugh
Strategic Partnerships & Operations Manager: Katie Gallagher
Contract Manager – Strategic Partnerships: Catherine Roxborough
Digital Operation Executive: Briar Moke

Wellington International Airport
Manager Retail & Advertising: Astra Davidson-Powell
Manager Brand & Sponsorship: Jo Maxwell

Auckland Transport
Head of Partnerships & Experience: Simon Soulsby

Share this Post