Creative Art Director, Weta Digital
Gino originates from Phoenix, Arizona where his love of monsters started at a very young age. At 18, he started working at a Halloween company in Phoenix called "Imagineering", where he designed Halloween masks and taught himself makeup effects. In his early 20's he ventured to Los Angeles and worked in the film industry there for over 10 years. In 1998, he was asked to come out to New Zealand to work at Weta Workshop for the challenging task of helping look after the makeup effects on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He brought out his vast experience to train and share with the team. Gino has subsequently worked on every major production to come out of New Zealand, and his role as Creative Art Director at Weta Digital continues his focus on cutting edge design technologies. Some credits include: Alien3, Death Becomes Her, Wolf, Men in Black, Independence Day, Godzilla, King Kong, The Hobbit and the recent Planet of the Apes series.