The deformed face and body of Indian actor Vikram in filmmaker Shankar's Tamil romantic thriller I was the work of Richard Taylor's world renowned Weta Workshop. The multliple Oscar winning talent says it was a "fantastic" experience to work with a "genius" like Shankar and that he'd love to explore opportunities of working with more Indian filmmakers.
Taylor says he's yet to make a visit to India, but hopes he'll make it some day.
"I keep getting invited to a business and film convention each year in India, but I've never been able to go. It's just not quite timed out with my life. Other people from my office have gone to India, but because I'm always running around the workshop here, I've never actually got to travel there. So, sadly, I've missed out on it," he said during a tete-a-tete.
The very mention of Shankar -- a renowned filmmaker who predominantly makes Tamil movies -- made Taylor excited.
"He's fantastic, and quite a genius. In fact, Shankar very kindly offered us another film, which we very badly wanted to work on. But we had just accepted an American film. If only he had called us three or four days earlier, we would have been working on another Indian film," he said, adding that "it was very sad" that the second collaboration couldn't come through.
It was two years ago that Shankar had visited Weta Workshop. His meeting with Taylor, other artists and technicians left him mesmerized.
In a Facebook post, Shankar had shared how while Taylor is a "very creative and wonderful person", he was especially "surprised to see him working along with others in the workshop, sculpting a horse for some project".
True to that description, Taylor was totally on the move at his workshop and very engrossed in his work. He wasn't suited or booted. He was well in his casuals with scruffy hair and was trying to multi-task as much as he could.
But letting bygones be bygones on missing another Indian project, he said: "We look forward to the next time we get to work for someone from India."