Moving cities with computer magic

In Mortal Engines, which is set on a futuristic Earth, entire cities move around on wheels and prey on small cities for their resources.
In Mortal Engines, which is set on a futuristic Earth, entire cities move around on wheels and prey on small cities for their resources. PHOTOS: UIP, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hera Hilmar (above) stars as a fugitive in Mortal Engines, which is directed by Christian Rivers (below). In Mortal Engines, which is set on a futuristic Earth, entire cities move around on wheels and prey on small cities for their resources.
Hera Hilmar (above) stars as a fugitive in Mortal Engines, which is directed by Christian Rivers. PHOTOS: UIP, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hera Hilmar (above) stars as a fugitive in Mortal Engines, which is directed by Christian Rivers (below). In Mortal Engines, which is set on a futuristic Earth, entire cities move around on wheels and prey on small cities for their resources.
Hera Hilmar stars as a fugitive in Mortal Engines, which is directed by Christian Rivers (above).PHOTOS: UIP, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers is a protege of Peter Jackson and worked on visual effects on The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit films

Christian Rivers' journey to the director's chair for fantasy-drama Mortal Engines began with a letter he wrote as a teenage movie fan growing up in New Zealand.

He had just watched a VHS tape of Bad Taste (1987), the debut feature from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson, and decided to send the film-maker a piece of fan mail. The 15-year-old Rivers was a keen artist and he enclosed several drawings of dragons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline 'Moving cities with computer magic'. Print Edition | Subscribe