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Taika Waititi Net Worth

Taika Waititi Net Worth is
$3 Million

Taika Waititi Biography

Shark, Boy, What We Perform in the Shadows, Search for the WIlderpeople, and Moana. Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, and What We Perform in the Shadows. He was an associate of the ensemble Therefore You’re a guy in university and was half of the humor duo The Humourbeasts. As an actor Waititi starred as Mostin in the tv screen series The Strip in 2002. He in addition has starred in the films Scarfies, Snakeskin, A FRESH Way Home, Futile Appeal, Eagle vs. Taika Waititi was created in Wellington, New Zealand in August 1975.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameTaika Waititi
Net Worth$3 Million
Height1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Photographer, Comedian, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Painter, Television Director
EducationVictoria University of Wellington
NationalityNew Zealand
SpouseChelsea Winstanley
ChildrenTe Hinekāhu
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/taikawaititi
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, Empire Award for Best Director
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


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
2 He 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.
3 He 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.'.
4 His 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.
5 He illustrated Jo Randerson's book of short stories 'The Keys to Hell'.
6 Waihau 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.
7 In 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.
8 He'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.
10 Rhys 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.
11 One of his first TV appearances was playing a surfer in a Moro Bar commercial.
12 He's Jewish and Maori. Cohen is his mother's surname, Waititi is his fathers family name.
13 He made the music video for Age Pryor's 'Shank's Pony' and cover art for the album.
14 Earlier 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'.
15 Michael Jackson's nephew, Taj Jackson saw 'BOY' and "really enjoyed it", he "loved the MJ homages and references".
16 He 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.
17 He met Jemaine Clement at Victoria University of Wellington, later forming the comedy duo, 'The Humourbeasts'.
18 Working titles for BOY were 'Choice' and 'The Volcano'.
19 Taika 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.
20 One of his inventions was a tie with a hole to button it to the shirt.
21 When 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'.
22 He 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.
23 BOY 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'.
24 Taika in Maori means 'Tiger'.
25 Taika spent two years in Berlin working and exhibiting in the Schliemann 40 House.
26 Taika 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.
27 James Rolleston was cast two days before shooting 'BOY'.
28 He crafted his stage skills together with 'Flight of the Conchords' at Bats theatre in Wellington which is now owned by Sir Peter Jackson.
29 His Dad was a painter and his Mum is a teacher.
30 In 'Eagle vs Shark', Taika plays Jarrod's dead brother Gordon.
31 The 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.
32 He is of Maori and European-Jewish descent.


Quotes

#Quote
1 There were definitely Nazis who saw the error of their ways.
2 I 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.
3 I want to do weird things and big budget things and no budget things. I don't have a five-year plan.
4 There 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.
5 I like to find comedy or something interesting to look at with whatever I'm working on.
6 A feature film is an expansion of budget, stress, story, hours, time, workload, everything.
7 With 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.
8 Short 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.
9 Hitler rounded up all of the vampires in Europe.
10 Everything 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.
11 I've loved comics since I was a kid, collected them, I've always dreamed of being involved in comics.
12 I'm used to working with restrictions and that's when you come up with the more creative stuff.
13 I'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.
14 If 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.
15 I'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."
16 I hate the modern day the kids live in. I don't think it's very cool. Everyone's interconnected.
17 A 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.
18 I'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.
19 When 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.
20 The films I like to watch are when they make it relatable to human audiences.
21 Sometimes there are really happy mistakes.
22 I 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.
23 Also 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.
24 To make filmmaking interesting to me, I want to keep learning things.
25 Sundance 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.


Pictures

All Taika Waititi pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Best Feature dead CENTER Film Festival Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Audience Award Edinburgh International Film Festival Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Limited-Release/Direct-to-Video Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2016 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Screenplay What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2016 Audience Award Fantasia Film Festival Best European / North-South American Feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Feature Film Award Galway Film Fleadh Best International Film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Audience Award Independent Film Festival of Boston Narrative Feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Audience Award Montclair Film Festival (MFF) Narrative Feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Audience Award San Francisco International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Audience Award Wisconsin Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2015 Honorable Mention Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival Artistic Contribution - International Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2015 Lost Weekend Award Film Club's The Lost Weekend Lost Weekend Audience Favorite What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement (director)
2015 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2015 Audience's Award Titanic International Film Festival What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Audience Award Hawaii International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Audience Award Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Maria Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Best Feature Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement (director)
2014 Audience Award Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Jury Prize Torino Film Festival Best Screenplay What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 People's Choice Award Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Audience Award Warsaw International Film Festival Feature Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2010 Audience Award AFI Fest Best International Feature Film Boy (2010)
2010 Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix Berlin International Film Festival Best Feature Film Boy (2010)
2010 Jury Award ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival Best Dramatic Feature Boy (2010)
2010 Most Popular Feature Film Melbourne International Film Festival Boy (2010)
2010 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Director in a Film Feature Boy (2010)
2010 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film Boy (2010)
2010 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Screenplay for a Feature Film Boy (2010)
2010 Audience Award Sydney Film Festival Best Feature Film Boy (2010)
2010 International New Talent Competition - Special Mention Taipei Film Festival Boy (2010)
2008 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Achievement in Directing in Film Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2007 Feature Film Award Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking - Comedy Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2007 Jury Award Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island Best Narrative Feature Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2007 Special Jury Award Pacific Meridian International Film Festival of Asia Pacific Countries Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2007 Film Discovery Jury Award US Comedy Arts Festival Best Screenplay Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2005 The Ellen - Distinctive Achievement Aspen Shortsfest Tama tu (2005)
2005 Panorama Special Jury Short Film Award Berlin International Film Festival Tama tu (2005)
2005 Grand Jury Prize Indianapolis International Film Festival Best Short Tama tu (2005)
2005 Jury Award Palm Springs International ShortFest Best Live Action Over 15 Minutes Tama tu (2005)
2005 Best Short Film Stockholm Film Festival Tama tu (2005)
2005 Short Filmmaking Award - Honorable Mention Sundance Film Festival Tama tu (2005)
2005 New Directors/New Visions Award VC FilmFest - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Tama tu (2005)
2004 Short Award AFI Fest Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Golden Unicorn Amiens International Film Festival Best Short Film Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Audience Award Amiens International Film Festival Best Short Film Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Award of the Amiens Jailhouse Amiens International Film Festival Female Prisoners Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Jury Award Aspen Shortsfest Best Drama Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Panorama Short Film Award Berlin International Film Festival Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Hamburg Short Film Award Hamburg International Short Film Festival Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Award of the Theatre Owners Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2004 Short Film Competition Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Short Film: Live Action Two Cars, One Night (2004)
2003 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (I) Best Short Film Screenplay Two Cars, One Night (2004)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Original Screenplay What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2016 Best International Feature Film Edinburgh International Film Festival Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 International Ecumenical Award Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016 Futurewave Youth Jury Award Seattle International Film Festival Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2015 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Actor What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
2015 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Screenplay What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Crystal Bear Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14plus - Best Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 People's Choice Award Melbourne International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Narcisse Award Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival Best Feature Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Just Film Award Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Best Youth Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2014 Prize of the City of Torino Torino Film Festival Best Feature Film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Jemaine Clement
2010 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival World Cinema - Dramatic Boy (2010)
2010 International New Talent Competition - Grand Prize Taipei Film Festival Boy (2010)
2008 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Picture - Budget over $1 Million Eagle vs Shark (2007) Ainsley Gardiner

Cliff Curtis
2008 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Screenplay in Film Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2008 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy Series Flight of the Conchords (2007) Damon Beesley

James Bobin

Jemaine Clement

Eric Kaplan

Bret McKenzie

Iain Morris

Duncan Sarkies

Paul Simms
2008 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA New Series Flight of the Conchords (2007) Damon Beesley

James Bobin

Jemaine Clement

Eric Kaplan

Bret McKenzie

Iain Morris

Duncan Sarkies

Paul Simms
2007 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival World Cinema - Dramatic Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2007 International New Talent Competition - Grand Prize Taipei Film Festival Eagle vs Shark (2007)
2005 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Short Film, Live Action Two Cars, One Night (2004) Ainsley Gardiner
2003 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (I) Best Short Film Two Cars, One Night (2004)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 Minister
What We Do in the Shadows 2014 Viago
The Captain 2013/I Short The Captain
Green Lantern 2011 Tom Kalmaku
Radiradirah 2010 TV Series Various
Boy 2010/I Alamein
The Jaquie Brown Diaries 2009 TV Series Friendly Gypsy
Flight of the Conchords 2007 TV Series Gypsy Kings Fan
Eagle vs Shark 2007 Gordon
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires 2005 Short Viago (as Count Viago)
Futile Attraction 2004 Waiter (as Taika Cohen)
Toy Boy 2004 Short Jack Hammer (as Taika Cohen)
Heinous Crime 2004 Short Judge, Defendant, Lawyer, Defendant, Jury member (as Taika Cohen)
Freaky 2003 TV Series Cleaner (Cleaner story)
Revelations 2003 TV Series Ali
Tongan Ninja 2002 Graham (voice, as Taika Cohen)
Turangawaewae 2002 Short Vietnam Soldier (as Taika Cohen)
The Strip 2002 TV Series Mostin
A New Way Home 2001 Short Max (as Taika Cohen)
Snakeskin 2001 Nelson (as Taika Cohen)
Scarfies 1999 Alex (as Taika Cohen)

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two Cars, One Night 2004 Short
John & Pogo 2002 Short as Taika Cohen
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 post-production
Team Thor 2016 Short
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016
What We Do in the Shadows 2014
The Inbetweeners 2012 TV Series 5 episodes
Super City 2011 TV Series 6 episodes
42 One Dream Rush 2010 Short
Boy 2010/I
Flight of the Conchords 2007-2009 TV Series 4 episodes
Eagle vs Shark 2007
Tama tu 2005 Short
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires 2005 Short
Heinous Crime 2004 Short as Taika Cohen

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paranormal Event Response Unit 2017 TV Series creator / writer announced
We're Wolves announced
Team Thor 2016 Short
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 screenplay
What We Do in the Shadows 2014 written by
The Captain 2013/I Short
Boy 2010/I written by
Flight of the Conchords 2007-2009 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Eagle vs Shark 2007 story / written by
Tama tu 2005 Short
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires 2005 Short
Heinous Crime 2004 Short as Taika Cohen
Two Cars, One Night 2004 Short
John & Pogo 2002 Short as Taika Cohen

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paranormal Event Response Unit 2017 TV Series producer announced
We're Wolves producer announced
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 producer
What We Do in the Shadows 2014 producer
The Inbetweeners 2012 TV Series consulting producer - 11 episodes
What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires 2005 Short executive producer - as T. Cohen
Heinous Crime 2004 Short producer - as Taika Cohen

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Strange 2016 director: mid-credit sequence - uncredited

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eagle vs Shark 2007

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 writer: "The Trifecta"

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Strength of Water 2009 script consultant - as Taika Cohen

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Down by the Riverside 2007 special thanks - as Taika Cohen
Wild Tigers I Have Known 2006 thanks - as Taika Cohen

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Poi E 2016 Documentary Himself
[email protected] 2014 TV Series Himself
The Fabulous Picture Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Good News Week 2010 TV Series Himself
Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!! 2004 Documentary Frodo Baggins (as Taika Cohen)
The Living Room 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
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