Samantha is an artist, craftsperson, fighter and performer from Wellington, New Zealand, who grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She works in the film industry and has been involved with world-renowned special effects facility Weta Workshop since 2008, on productions including The Hobbit, Superman: Man of Steel, The Chronicles of Narnia, District 9 and Elysium. Productions outside of Weta include The Interview and Warcraft.
She has worked with propmaking, armour construction, modelmaking, miniatures, large-scale sculpture, set construction, set dressing, painting, costume construction (especially leatherwork), creature-making, prosthetics, casting and molding, and metal-smithing.
As well as being a craftsperson, Samantha is a performer and has been acting since a young age for stage and screen. She also has experience in stage combat, stunt fighting for film and fight performance for video games.
Samantha is passionate about outdoor adventure, and also is an experienced sword-fighter. As well as diverse experience hiking, riding, driving and doing snow and watersports she actively trains in close combat and self defense. Her main focus is the weapons, armour, military technology and beautiful martial arts systems of medieval Europe.
In 2013 she won the longsword division of the Harcourt Park Jousting Tournament. She has traveled, trained and taught in several countries, and has been an instructor of medieval martial arts since 2012.
In her spare time Samantha does voluntary animal rescue work, environmental clean-up and she writes and illustrates her own creative projects. She also produces a steady abundance of dragons.