Peter Jackson and his road to success wasn’t an easy one. We see that generally, no great artist has a great start. However, through strategic thinking, tremendous labor, and dedication they pave their way to fame. But this process is for every person who wants to achieve big things in life. Nothing comes easily. Peter Jackson’s life is one such example. He is a common household name now. The whole world knows who is today. However, did he even expect this earlier? Was this his ambition from the start?
The answer is no. In fact, we hear that he could not leave his parent’s house to live on his own for quite some time. He had to save money for days just to buy a 16mm camera. In addition, he wanted to make enough money to live a comfortable life. That’s it. So, how is he what he is today? We will talk about it with you. Furthermore, we will tell you everything about his life, his journey, and his status today. Follow this article if you are interested to know about this awe-inspiring director and all his noteworthy works.
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Life And Works of Peter Jackson
Sir Peter Robert Jackson was born on October 31, 1961. Firstly, we know that he is a New Zealand film director, a producer, and a screenwriter. Secondly, we hear that although his place of birth is Wellington, he was raised by his parents in Pukerua Bay. Thirdly, Peter Jackson’s parents are Joan and William Bill Jackson. Fourthly, we hear that he was not interested in sports at all.
Fifthly, we get to know that Peter Jackson was very interested in films from a very young age. In fact, he used to watch a lot of Ray Harryhausen films, including Thunderbirds and Monty Python’s Flying circus. When he was a child he made world war 2 epics called Dwarf patrol. Next, he made a James Bond spoof called Coldfinger. Furthermore, we hear that for his 20-minute short film The valley, he won a special prize.
He had no formal training in filmmaking but learned about editing, special effects, and makeup largely through his own trial and error. Lastly, people hear that when he was 16 years old, he left school to work as a photo engraver for ‘The evening post’. After two years of working, he bought a 16mm camera for himself.
Peter Jackson began his journey with a splatstick horror comedy film called Bad taste(1987).
Secondly, he made a dark comedy for the people. Its name is Meet the feebles(1989). Thirdly, people saw his zombie comedy film Braindead(1992). Fourthly, we hear that he was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Heavenly creatures.
He got three academy awards for The Lord of the rings: The Return of the King(2003). Furthermore, he got the best director award for this film by the academy. In addition, he got three BAFTA awards, four Saturn Awards, and a Golden Globe award.
Let’s talk about some of his other notable works. The frighteners(1996), KingKong(2005), They shall not grow old(2018) and The Beatles: Get Back(2021). At the same time, we hear that he is the third highest-grossing film director of all time. Furthermore, Anand Satyanand, governor-general of New Zealand gave Peter Jackson a knighthood in 2010. In 2014, he got an award as a star on the Hollywood walk of fame by the industry.
Some Donations on Peter Jackson Part
He has contributed NZ$ 500,000 to embryonic stem cell research. In addition, he donated 48 Hours. Also, we know that he is the chairperson of around 18 aviation heritage trusts. At last, he contributed to the defense fund of the West Memphis Three. From this, we can understand that despite his fame, that man has a kind heart.
In 2021, he openly supported the American Red Cross “zombie blood drive”. The netizens see that The Black Keys band and cast of The walking dead joined him too.
Peter Jackson Talks About His Journey
Peter Jackson has shared a lot about his life and struggles with his fans and the media.
“It was all about the frustration of trying to make films but not having the best gear.” He said this to the American Academy of Achievement.“I spent two years saving up for a 16mm camera, which cost several thousand dollars. And I was only getting paid 75 bucks a week. I lived at home with my parents because I couldn’t afford to.”
Eventually, he got the camera, and with it, he started his unusual career. IMDb says that Jackson made his first feature-length film — a sci-fi horror comedy called Bad taste when he was only 26 years old. Furthermore, people loved the film and his career started from there.
Jackson worked hard to bring The Lord of the Rings trilogy to the screen for over a decade. This was a masterpiece novel by J.R.R Tolkien. Although he tried to bring some cult classics as a film before the people, they wanted movies like Star Wars. Even though he was not that well known at that time, the movie makers chose him to direct the trilogy. And his hard work paid off. The first movie was a box office hit. Furthermore, People loved the film and he got an Oscar for it.
After the great success of the trilogy, he did The Hobbit prequel. However, the people did not appreciate it that much. In 2021, Forbes announced that Peter Jackson had joined the Billionaires club after working as a director for around 30 years.
See What Happens Next
Peter Jackson earned $6 billion from The Lord of the Rings which was a great success for him. However, his business move after his is the reason why he is at the top now. According to Business Insider, Jackson’s flow of wealth came when he sold a partial stake in the WETA special effects technology that started with Heavenly Creatures. It made its way to Middle Earth, and eventually became an industry standard for Unity.
In 2019, Peter Jackson was the owner of $500 million. In fact, this was because he did not give blockbusters apart from the famous trilogy. However, now he too is a part of the Hollywood big men. This is because he sold his stakes in the WETA special effects technology. We know that his last film was Get Back, which is a film about the Beatles.
Peter Jackson has shown us that nothing is impossible if you have the will and the ability to work hard. We hope that the legend achieves more milestones in his career because he deserves it.