Taika Waititi Net Worth

Taika Waititi Net Worth is
$3 Million

Taika Waititi Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Taika is of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent and hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast. He has been involved in the film industry for several years, initially as an actor, and now focusing on writing and directing. Two Cars, One Night is Taika's first professional film-making effort and since its completion in 2003 he has finished another ...

Full NameTaika Waititi
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 16, 1975
Place Of BirthWellington, New Zealand
Height6' 2" (1.88 m)
ProfessionActor, Director, Writer
EducationVictoria University of Wellington
NationalityNew Zealand
SpouseChelsea Winstanley
ChildrenTe Hinekāhu
AwardsNewport Beach Film Festival Feature Film Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize - U.S. Dramatic, British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series, E...
MoviesThor: Ragnarok, Moana, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, The Captain, Green Lantern, Boy, Cinema16: World Short Films, Eagle vs Shark, Futile Attraction, Tama tu, Two Cars, One Night, Turangawaewae, Snakeskin, Scarfies, Embargo Collective, A New Way Home, Thor film series
TV ShowsThe Strip, Radiradirah
Star SignLeo
#Quote
1There were definitely Nazis who saw the error of their ways.
2I never wanted to be a filmmaker. I still, sometimes, think I got sidetracked by this, like this is a tangent. My main thing was painting; I was just going to do that.
3I want to do weird things and big budget things and no budget things. I don't have a five-year plan.
4There are lots of parts of filmmaking that I don't like. At the end of the day, especially on features, the film turns into a commodity. You have to play this entirely new game I'm very uncomfortable with.
5I like to find comedy or something interesting to look at with whatever I'm working on.
6A feature film is an expansion of budget, stress, story, hours, time, workload, everything.
7With a feature film you're dealing with so much more money and you've got to be very aware of the fact that you're really working with an audience. You've got to have a relationship with the audience. Play with them and show them things you want them to see.
8Short film: you can be poetic and you don't have to answer anything. You can make whatever you want. You have creative freedom with short film.
9Hitler rounded up all of the vampires in Europe.
10Everything changes once you start trying to market the film. Part of you feels like everything is slipping away from you. For me, I don't want people going to the theater thinking it's going to be a laugh-a-minute comedy, like a Will Ferrell film or something. Because it's not.
11I've loved comics since I was a kid, collected them, I've always dreamed of being involved in comics.
12I'm used to working with restrictions and that's when you come up with the more creative stuff.
13I'm really not trying to do everything that comes to mind because that's when it can be dangerous. For instance, I believe as much as possible, how your camera moves and flies around should be limited to the physics of how you could do it in real life.
14If you're tracking with a character that's running off a thing and diving off, I would leave the camera there and not follow them down, because cameras don't do that. The audience understands that. I'll definitely bring that understanding of keeping things a bit more grounded.
15I've become more like water, I'm more relaxed and I'll say, "Okay, let's just completely change it and do it that way."
16I hate the modern day the kids live in. I don't think it's very cool. Everyone's interconnected.
17A big part of the humour is in identifying with the tragic elements of the film. The New Zealand sense of humour is very dark. Our films are usually very dark and it's always someone being killed. Usually a child.
18I've always been a relaxed person on set, but I think the main thing is I think about it from an editing point of view way more than I did before.
19When you're actually making a film, it's just people on your back all the time wanting stuff and you're constantly having to it deal with them. It's probably the most time consuming of all the arts, but I do love it because it is a great mix of visual art and music and writing.
20The films I like to watch are when they make it relatable to human audiences.
21Sometimes there are really happy mistakes.
22I constantly remind myself that there are terrible movies out there. I try to watch them, some of them, to give myself an understanding of what not to do.
23Also with that money comes the idea, "Let your imagination run wild." Which I think is a very dangerous thing. I think it's dangerous because you can get into pretty wacky territory. There are things that are too crazy.
24To make filmmaking interesting to me, I want to keep learning things.
25Sundance felt like a natural fit. I love coming here, and I do think that this festival suits my films rather than most of the festivals I've been to. I'm not going to Cannes, you know.
#Fact
1Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
2He wrote 'Eagle vs Shark' with his then girlfriend Loren Horsley/Taylor. Jemaine Clement admits it was difficult to film the kissing scene with Loren's boyfriend directing him.
3He wrote two and directed four episodes of 'Flight of the Conchords' HBO show; he's also has a cameo in the telephone commercial in the episode 'Drive By.'.
4His portrait as Viago, the character from 'What We Do in the Shadows' painted by Freeman White is in the NZ Portrait Gallery in Wellington together with Jemaine Clement's character Vladislav's and Jonathan Brugh's as Deacon.
5He illustrated Jo Randerson's book of short stories 'The Keys to Hell'.
6Waihau Bay where 'BOY' was filmed is where Taika himself grew up as a child; Boy's home in the film is Taika's aunts' house.
7In 2013, Taika used empty Nespresso capsules to make a two sided artwork showing the creation story of Wellington Harbour known in Maori as 'Tangi Te Keo'. It can be seen in Nespresso Boutique in Wellington.
8He's from the Maori tribe Te-Whaanau-a-Apanui (the family of Apanui), sub-tribe Te-Whaanau-a-Pararaki (the family of Pararaki).
9'What We Do in the Shadows' actors hadn't seen the script before and during the making of the film; they had only some directions from Jemaine and Taika and the script was largely improvised.
10Rhys Darby's Murray Hewitt in FOTC's HBO show wasn't their first mock-manager. Taika was the original 'Flight of the Conchords' manager Larry Pritchard of Larry Pritchard Productions in the mock-report from the Conchords at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002.
11One of his first TV appearances was playing a surfer in a Moro Bar commercial.
12He's Jewish and Maori. Cohen is his mother's surname, Waititi is his fathers family name.
13He made the music video for Age Pryor's 'Shank's Pony' and cover art for the album.
14Earlier in his career he used 'Cohen' for his work as an actor and performer and 'Waititi' as a painter and artist. Now, to avoid confusion he goes by the surname 'Waititi'.
15Michael Jackson's nephew, Taj Jackson saw 'BOY' and "really enjoyed it", he "loved the MJ homages and references".
16He collaborated with the architectural firm Wraight & Associates on a proposal for Wellington City Council's Wellington Gateway project. He designed a sculpture 'Upoko O Te Ika A Maui'. Unfortunately, "plans for a 35-metre-high illuminated sculpture at the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge have been ditched because of fears for aircraft and of a massive budget blowout." Nevertheless, they won the 2010 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Gold Award in Landscape Design Category - Visionary Landscapes.
17He met Jemaine Clement at Victoria University of Wellington, later forming the comedy duo, 'The Humourbeasts'.
18Working titles for BOY were 'Choice' and 'The Volcano'.
19Taika uses false teeth quite often in his comedy performances: 'The Ordinary Alien' in Radiradirah, Gunter the German "joke" teller in his stand up, vampires in the original 'What We Do in the Shadows' short film, his many characters in 'Falling Leaves', a short film.
20One of his inventions was a tie with a hole to button it to the shirt.
21When it comes to the original music for his films, he always collaborates with the Wellington band The Phoenix Foundation who have made the film scores for his three films: 'Eagle vs Shark', 'BOY' and 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' and Samuel Scott of The Phoenix Foundation was the music editor for 'What We Do in the Shadows'.
22He went to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002 with Jemaine Clement as 'The Humourbeasts'. Jemaine performed there also with Bret McKenzie as 'Flight of the Conchords'. FOTC became popular and the rest is history.
23BOY is actually his first film. Taika started to write it following the success of the short film 'Two Cars One Night'. However, he wanted to make his debut film lighter so he chose to make a romantic comedy 'Eagle vs Shark'.
24Taika in Maori means 'Tiger'.
25Taika spent two years in Berlin working and exhibiting in the Schliemann 40 House.
26Taika was inspired to write Two Cars, One Night while hanging out in a g-string, fully waxed for an acting role as a stripper in a TV show 'The Strip' in 2002.
27James Rolleston was cast two days before shooting 'BOY'.
28He crafted his stage skills together with 'Flight of the Conchords' at Bats theatre in Wellington which is now owned by Sir Peter Jackson.
29His Dad was a painter and his Mum is a teacher.
30In 'Eagle vs Shark', Taika plays Jarrod's dead brother Gordon.
31The music video for The Phoenix Foundation's '40 years' was shot in Lyall Bay on Wellington's South Coast in one single shot using the BAXI bike to carry the camera.
32He is of Maori and European-Jewish descent.

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016Minister
What We Do in the Shadows2014Viago
The Captain2013/IShortThe Captain
Green Lantern2011Tom Kalmaku
Radiradirah2010TV SeriesVarious
Boy2010/IAlamein
The Jaquie Brown Diaries2009TV SeriesFriendly Gypsy
Flight of the Conchords2007TV SeriesGypsy Kings Fan
Eagle vs Shark2007Gordon
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires2005ShortViago (as Count Viago)
Futile Attraction2004Waiter (as Taika Cohen)
Toy Boy2004ShortJack Hammer (as Taika Cohen)
Heinous Crime2004ShortJudge, Defendant, Lawyer, Defendant, Jury member (as Taika Cohen)
Freaky2003TV SeriesCleaner (Cleaner story)
Revelations2003TV SeriesAli
Tongan Ninja2002Graham (voice, as Taika Cohen)
Turangawaewae2002ShortVietnam Soldier (as Taika Cohen)
The Strip2002TV SeriesMostin
A New Way Home2001ShortMax (as Taika Cohen)
Snakeskin2001Nelson (as Taika Cohen)
Scarfies1999Alex (as Taika Cohen)

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Cars, One Night2004Short
John & Pogo2002Short as Taika Cohen
Thor: Ragnarok2017post-production
Team Thor2016Short
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016
What We Do in the Shadows2014
The Inbetweeners2012TV Series 5 episodes
Super City2011TV Series 6 episodes
42 One Dream Rush2010Short
Boy2010/I
Flight of the Conchords2007-2009TV Series 4 episodes
Eagle vs Shark2007
Tama tu2005Short
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires2005Short
Heinous Crime2004Short as Taika Cohen

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paranormal Event Response Unit2017TV Series creator / writer announced
We're Wolvesannounced
Team Thor2016Short
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016screenplay
What We Do in the Shadows2014written by
The Captain2013/IShort
Boy2010/Iwritten by
Flight of the Conchords2007-2009TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Eagle vs Shark2007story / written by
Tama tu2005Short
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires2005Short
Heinous Crime2004Short as Taika Cohen
Two Cars, One Night2004Short
John & Pogo2002Short as Taika Cohen

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paranormal Event Response Unit2017TV Series producer announced
We're Wolvesproducer announced
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016producer
What We Do in the Shadows2014producer
The Inbetweeners2012TV Series consulting producer - 11 episodes
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires2005Short executive producer - as T. Cohen
Heinous Crime2004Short producer - as Taika Cohen

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Strange2016director: mid-credit sequence - uncredited

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eagle vs Shark2007

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016writer: "The Trifecta"

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Strength of Water2009script consultant - as Taika Cohen

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Down by the Riverside2007special thanks - as Taika Cohen
Wild Tigers I Have Known2006thanks - as Taika Cohen

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Poi E2016DocumentaryHimself
Live@Sundance2014TV SeriesHimself
The Fabulous Picture Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Good News Week2010TV SeriesHimself
Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!!2004DocumentaryFrodo Baggins (as Taika Cohen)
The Living Room2003TV Series documentaryHimself

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Best Featuredead CENTER Film FestivalHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Audience AwardEdinburgh International Film FestivalHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Limited-Release/Direct-to-Video FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2016Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ScreenplayWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2016Audience AwardFantasia Film FestivalBest European / North-South American FeatureHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Feature Film AwardGalway Film FleadhBest International FilmHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Audience AwardIndependent Film Festival of BostonNarrative FeatureHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Audience AwardMontclair Film Festival (MFF)Narrative FeatureHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Audience AwardSan Francisco International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Audience AwardWisconsin Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2015Honorable MentionFantaspoa International Fantastic Film FestivalArtistic Contribution - International FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2015Lost Weekend AwardFilm Club's The Lost WeekendLost Weekend Audience FavoriteWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2015SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2015Audience's AwardTitanic International Film FestivalWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Audience AwardHawaii International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Audience AwardNeuchâtel International Fantastic Film FestivalWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014MariaSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Audience AwardTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Jury PrizeTorino Film FestivalBest ScreenplayWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalMidnight MadnessWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Audience AwardWarsaw International Film FestivalFeature FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2010Audience AwardAFI FestBest International Feature FilmBoy (2010)
2010Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand PrixBerlin International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmBoy (2010)
2010Jury AwardImagineNative Film + Media Arts FestivalBest Dramatic FeatureBoy (2010)
2010Most Popular Feature FilmMelbourne International Film FestivalBoy (2010)
2010Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Director in a Film FeatureBoy (2010)
2010Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Supporting Actor in a Feature FilmBoy (2010)
2010Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Screenplay for a Feature FilmBoy (2010)
2010Audience AwardSydney Film FestivalBest Feature FilmBoy (2010)
2010International New Talent Competition - Special MentionTaipei Film FestivalBoy (2010)
2008Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Achievement in Directing in FilmEagle vs Shark (2007)
2007Feature Film AwardNewport Beach Film FestivalOutstanding Achievement in Filmmaking - ComedyEagle vs Shark (2007)
2007Jury AwardNewport International Film Festival, Rhode IslandBest Narrative FeatureEagle vs Shark (2007)
2007Special Jury AwardPacific Meridian International Film Festival of Asia Pacific CountriesEagle vs Shark (2007)
2007Film Discovery Jury AwardUS Comedy Arts FestivalBest ScreenplayEagle vs Shark (2007)
2005The Ellen - Distinctive AchievementAspen ShortsfestTama tu (2005)
2005Panorama Special Jury Short Film AwardBerlin International Film FestivalTama tu (2005)
2005Grand Jury PrizeIndianapolis International Film FestivalBest ShortTama tu (2005)
2005Jury AwardPalm Springs International ShortFestBest Live Action Over 15 MinutesTama tu (2005)
2005Best Short FilmStockholm Film FestivalTama tu (2005)
2005Short Filmmaking Award - Honorable MentionSundance Film FestivalTama tu (2005)
2005New Directors/New Visions AwardVC FilmFest - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film FestivalTama tu (2005)
2004Short AwardAFI FestTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Golden UnicornAmiens International Film FestivalBest Short FilmTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Audience AwardAmiens International Film FestivalBest Short FilmTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Award of the Amiens JailhouseAmiens International Film FestivalFemale PrisonersTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Jury AwardAspen ShortsfestBest DramaTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Panorama Short Film AwardBerlin International Film FestivalTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Hamburg Short Film AwardHamburg International Short Film FestivalTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Award of the Theatre OwnersOberhausen International Short Film FestivalTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2004Short Film Competition AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest Short Film: Live ActionTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2003Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)Best Short Film ScreenplayTwo Cars, One Night (2004)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2016Best International Feature FilmEdinburgh International Film FestivalHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016International Ecumenical AwardJameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film FestivalHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016Futurewave Youth Jury AwardSeattle International Film FestivalHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2015Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest ActorWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2015Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest ScreenplayWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Crystal BearBerlin International Film FestivalGeneration 14plus - Best FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014People's Choice AwardMelbourne International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Narcisse AwardNeuchâtel International Fantastic Film FestivalBest Feature FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Just Film AwardTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalBest Youth FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2014Prize of the City of TorinoTorino Film FestivalBest Feature FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2010Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalWorld Cinema - DramaticBoy (2010)
2010International New Talent Competition - Grand PrizeTaipei Film FestivalBoy (2010)
2008Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Picture - Budget over $1 MillionEagle vs Shark (2007)
2008Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Screenplay in FilmEagle vs Shark (2007)
2008WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy SeriesFlight of the Conchords (2007)
2008WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USANew SeriesFlight of the Conchords (2007)
2007Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalWorld Cinema - DramaticEagle vs Shark (2007)
2007International New Talent Competition - Grand PrizeTaipei Film FestivalEagle vs Shark (2007)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Short Film, Live ActionTwo Cars, One Night (2004)
2003Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)Best Short FilmTwo Cars, One Night (2004)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest FilmHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Known for movies

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