Accolades Come Thick and Fast for Fantasy Fan

A childhood fascination for sci-fi and fantasy movies has evolved into a promising career for Hening Wang (Ted). Twenty years after hiring his first VCR from his local video shop in Dalian China, Ted is now living in the land of The Hobbit, one step closer to creating his very own sci-fi blockbuster.

Ted may only be eight months into his Digital Media studies at ACG Yoobee Wellington, but he is already making big waves in the industry. Last Friday his undeniable talent was recognised at Parliament, when Deputy Prime Minister Bill English presented him with a Wellington International Student Excellence Award. The brainchild of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), the inaugural Awards aim to celebrate the region’s best all-round international students. Ted was one of just 12 students to be chosen.

“I was so surprised when I received the award. It’s great recognition for my work and has given me a real sense of achievement,” says Ted.

He came away with a prestigious title, a trophy, a prize pack from Kapiti Island Nature Tours, and an insider’s peek into Parliament Buildings. But that’s not the only accolade that has been bestowed on Ted in recent weeks. Earlier this month he was runner-up in the Gwangmyeong Concept Design Competition, an international art contest seeking the next generation of design stars from New Zealand and Korea. Later this week he will travel to Korea with competition winner Qin Yin and Weta Workshop CEO and co-founder Richard Taylor, to attend the mind-blowing 2016 Gwangmyeong Cave International Fantasy Festival, which runs from October 22 – 28.

“I actually chose to study in Wellington because Weta Workshop was there, so to be chosen by Richard Taylor and some senior Weta Workshop Designers was like a dream come true! It is an excellent opportunity for my work to gain some exposure, and will hopefully take me a step closer to my long-term goal of one day working with the talented artists at Weta Workshop on a world-class film project like Avatar or The Hobbit.”

Nick Webster, Regional Manager ACG Tertiary and Careers Group, says Ted’s success in New Zealand is thanks to a healthy dose of talent and tenacity.

“The success just keeps on coming for Ted! It is always an honour to see our creative, passionate and humble students succeed at high levels and even more impressive when their efforts are formally recognised both regionally and nationally,” says Nick.

“Ted is definitely going places and we are all excited to see where this talent will end up.”