The man in question is Peter Osborne, an Automotive Fitter and Turner by trade, with over 25 years in the engineering industry. Peter was brought on board specifically to oversee the creation of the fully functioning Warthog due to the number of challenges facing WETA surrounding the need for a futuristic four wheel drive vehicle.
“I have always had a passion for four wheel driving since I was a teenager”, says Peter, “from building them to reworking, sourcing parts and putting the machines together. All my spare time and weekends, were taken up with working on automotives.”
From school, Peter landed an apprenticeship at a local garage, and soon moved into his area of interest, as a production fitter, then ultimately engineering. Engineering is what he enjoys most. “It’s like putting together the lifeline of a vehicle”, he says. “From the design to the build of the automotive, the engineering aspect means you have to understand every process behind the running of the machine.”
After nearly 30 years you could forgive anyone for getting tired of their chosen profession, but for Peter it’s the creativity involved that keeps him coming back for more. “It’s a visual tool”, he explains, “you are building things and seeing them evolve, and to see the finished product at the end of the project is a real thrill.”
Having now been at WETA for a year, Blomkamp’s shorts were Peter’s first chance at getting on a film set – as he was called in to join the Halo crew, making sure the Warthog behaved as it should during shoots. “It was eye opening”, he says, “the amount of people involved in a shoot is just amazing, it was great to experience being on that side of the production process.”
For more information about Peter Osborne and his Warthog, check out the latest update over at Weta Holics.
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