Artist Guest of Honour
In the hands of Greg Broadmore, the imaginary becomes reality. As Studio Director for Weta Workshop’s games studio, Greg’s artistic visions have been brought to life in a variety of media including Spatial Computing via the visionary Magic Leap One platform, which his team helped shape as a pioneer developer in Spatial Computing. This trailblazing technology allows the wearer to see and interact with virtual make-believe worlds and characters while still seeing the real world around them.
Since the launch of Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, the flagship game for the ML1, Greg has been leading a forward-thinking team of game developers through this new medium of storytelling and world-building. Today, the studio continues to explore new ways of creating interactive experiences at the exciting forefront of realtime technology.
Games are among the most immersive and engaging ways to draw people into stories, allowing us to explore exotic worlds and meet strange characters. The goal of Weta Workshop’s game studio is to extend its love of world-building and creation into this exciting medium.
Before delving into games, Greg was best known for creating the world of Dr. Grordbort —a satirical retro-sci-fi world of elaborate rayguns, rocketships and interplanetary colonialism, which he created in 2007. He designed and released a line of high-end, collectible rayguns and merchandise based on the universe of Dr. Grordbort and, in 2009, launched an exhibition, “Dr Grordbort’s Exceptional Exhibition”, which toured the world via China, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Switzerland and New Zealand.
Since 2002, Greg has worked at Weta Workshop as a designer, artist/sculptor and writer. He was the lead concept designer on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and a concept designer and sculptor on Peter Jackson’s King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and The Adventures of Tintin.
Greg has also written and illustrated many books, including four based in the world of Dr. Grordbort: Dr. Grordbort’s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory (2008), VICTORY – Scientific Adventure Violence for Young Men and Literate Women (2009), TRIUMPH – Unnecessarily Violent Tales of Science Adventure for the Simple and Unfortunate (2012) and ONSLAUGHT (2014).