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Fangoria Profiles: Peter Jackson

28 February 2009 12:03 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Peter Jackson was born in New Zealand on October 31st, 1961. An only child, Jackson was given an 8mm camera at the age of eight, which he utilized to the fullest extent imaginable. As a youth Jackson made quite a few low budget independent films, a few of which even earned him notice.

"World War Two" and “The Valley” were two such short films made by Jackson during his teenage years, and provided Peter some notoriety early on as the blossoming filmmaker managed to incorporate some impressive stop motion effects regardless of functioning on a non existent budget. Despite a lack of formal training, the New Zealanders initial love for special effects and short films have steadily evolved into successful major motion pictures.

In an interview with David Stratton, Peter Jackson once said “I wanted my special effects movies to have little stories and plots. And so the concept of writing »

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