This is a simple site showcasing Rachael Haupt design work.
After an exciting and eclectic childhood travelling around the world with her journalistic father (including studying Ballet in Moscow with a Bolshoi teacher, schooling in Washington DC, witnessing the last night of the hammer and sickle above the Kremlin and skiing in -22C through the Russian woods) Rachael went on to study for a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Theatrical Design at NIDA (one of only six chosen .)
Before completing her study Rachael was snapped up by Neil Scanlan for Fox Studios. After working at the top of the SFX and animatronics industry with Neil and beside the famous Corbould brothers on films such as Gladiator at Leavesden Studios London, Rachael sensed a change in the air as the use of VFX and CGI began.
Making a switch to digital FX came easily to Rachael and she continued her design career at MPC Soho London, on films such as Tomb Raider, Troy, and the Harry Potter films.
Roles included matte painting, concept art, creature design and look dev, concept art and design.
Accelerating her career again Rachael then moved to the world class Weta Digital VFX studio in Wellington NZ to work for industry legend Joe Letteri on films such as IRobot, starring Will Smith and Peter Jacksons King Kong.
Rachael was nominated for the VES award for her futuristic Chicago design work.
Rachaels work on King Kong directly contributed to that films VES win.
Always interested in history and period, Rachael worked with Peter Jackson on his personal project Gallipoli, an exhibition at the Wellington War Museum.
Rachael also has excellent on set experience and undertakes extensive research and reference work quickly and effectively.
A keen photographer, Rachel has a wide range of interests which contribute to her well rounded personality and level headed approach to her work. Russian Literature, Political History, Social Studies, Dance and Drama, Swimming, Entomology, Etymology, Sailing, Hiking and Travel are to name but a few….
Rachael is a mature and friendly professional. She is well traveled and well read, able to work to deadlines and budget. Consistently able to deliver on point design under pressure, she possesses excellent leadership skills and is able to supervise and work with teams positively.
Ever enthusiastic and in love with her work, she is a boon to any project and a positive asset to any production.
Kind words from Industry greats…
‘I had the pleasure of working with Rachael for a very long period on a single task – the New York Dawn Attack scene in King Kong (2005). Rachael was the matte painter responsible for the sky and views around Manhattan the far side of the river all the way round. We also had Craig Wentworth (Now a VFX Supervisor) lighting the city.
The three of us worked closely together on the scene for most of a year. It’s still to this day one of the things I’m most proud of in my career. We also put together the most memorable publicity image from the ﬁlm, a huge copy of which I have outside my ofﬁce at Weta so I see it every day.
Rachael’s eye for detail and professionalism are second to none, and I would heartily recommend her for any creative position.’
Charlie Tait Visual Effects Supervisor
(3D simulated cloth, Marvellous Designer, CLO, Keyshot, Zbrush, Photoshop)
(Pencil on Paper + Coral Painter + Photoshop)