Shane Rangi

Shane Rangi

Age Range
49 - 61
195cm / 6ft 5in
120cm / 47in
102cm / 40in
108cm / 43in

Iwi : Ngāti Porou 

Te Reo Levels : Conversational 

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Wellington-based actor Shane Rangi is one of New Zealand’s leading motion capture and stunt performers. He has been working as a core member of Weta Digital for 19 years, and was the primary performer for its initial Avatar pitch.

He is perhaps best known for his various motion capture and creature performances in Andrew Adamson’s award winning The Chronicles of Narnia films and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has two SAG nominations for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble.

Shane most recently features in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines and in the Australian feature film Pacific Rim: Uprising. He plays the lead role in short film Die Like a Shark for which he won "Best Actor" at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival,

He is a proficient Te Reo speaker. 


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 Barbed Wire Canoe The Grant Brothers Centron Pictures, dir: Jason Sutter Feature Film
2018 Mortal Engines Burley Salvageman Hungry City Ltd, dir. Christian Rivers Feature Film
2015 Too Much Love Alf KHF Media dir. David Stubbs Feature Film
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Stunts/Mo cap 3 foot 7 Ltd, dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Stunts/Motion Capture 3 foot 7 Ltd dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2013 The Wolverine Stunts - Motion Capture - Silver Samurai Twentieth Century Fox, dir. James Mangold Feature Film
2013 Iron Man 3 Motion Capture - Stunts - Iron Man Paramount / Weta Digital Feature Film
2012 Avengers Motion Caprture - Stunts - Iron Man Paramount / Weta Digital Feature Film
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Motion Caprture - Stunts Twentieth Century Fox / Weta Digital Feature Film
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Stunts Dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2011 Existence Stunt Coordinator, Fight Choreographer Dir. Juliet Bergh Feature Film
2011 The Cure Fight Coordinator Dir. David Gould Feature Film
2011 TinTin Motion Capture - Stunts Dir. Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson Feature Film
2010 Warrior's Way Stunts Dir. Sngmoo Lee Feature Film
2009 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Tavros Dragons Prow Pty Ltd / Invisible Army Feature Film
2008 Avatar Amp Suit - Motion Capture Dir. James Cameron Feature Film
2008 Underworld 3 - Rise of the Lycans Lycan Dir. Patrick Tatopoulos Feature Film
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Gort - Motion Capture Fox / Weta Digital Feature Film
2007 Prince Caspian Asterius Wimbleweather Ltd, dir. Andrew Adamson Feature Film
2006 X-Men III Stunt/Motion Capture Soldier Weta Digital Feature Film
2006 Bridge to Teribithia Motion Capture Weta Digital Feature Film
2006 Fantastic Four The Silver Surfer - Animation Reference Weta Digital Feature Film
2005 King Kong Hayes Stunt Dble / Stunt Native Universal, dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2004 River Queen Maori Warrior / Stunt Performer Silverscreen, dir. Vincent Ward Feature Film
2004 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe General Otmin Disney / Walden Media, dir. Andrew Adamson Feature Film
2003 iRobot Holographic Face/Motion Capture Weta Digital Feature Film
2003 Return of the King Harard Leader 3'6" Ltd, dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2002 The Two Towers Easterling NCO 3'6" Ltd dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2001 Fellowship of the Ring White Witch King 3'6" Ltd, dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2001 Lost World Plateau Indian / Stunt Performer BBC Feature Film
2000 Lord of the Rings 'Uruk-Hai' / Stuntman Dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Sonny's Crew Member #1 Maelstrom Productions Drama
2015 Marco Polo s2 Byamba Stunt/Riding Dble Netflix Drama
2014 Marco Polo Prison Guard Ep 10 Netflix Drama
2014 Marco Polo Byamba Stunt/Riding Dble Netflix Drama
2010 Spartacus Dagan Pacific Renaissance Spartacus Limited Drama
2009 Sky Runners Alien Disney Drama
2008 Time Hackers Adult Lifeguard Gibson Group Drama
2007 The Killians Curse 2 Black Figure TVNZ Drama
2005 Facelift Bouncer / Election Man Dir. Thomas Robins /Gibson Group Drama
2005 The Lost Children Maori Warrior / Stunt Performer Drama
2005 Jane and the Dragon Fight Choreographer Weta Productions Drama
2005 Insider's Guide to Love Cliff - Lift engineer Gibson Group Drama
1995 Cover Story Carpenter Gibson Group Drama
1994 Bitter Calm Dancer Drama
1992 Make ends Meat Armed Robber Crimewatch Drama
1991 Waimara's Story Documentary Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2002 Pohewa Dir. Turei Reedy/ Chr. Tane Mahuta Gray
1994 Roimata Dir. Jim Moriarty
1992 Te Pouaka Karahe Dir. Rene Taylor (NZ Festival of the Arts)
1991 Hiroki's Song Dir. Brian Potiki (Sth Island Tour)
1991 The Tempest Dir. Michael Hurst
1990 Mahia Mai Dir. Tommy Taurima
1989 Falstaf Dir. Andy Noble
1988 Joseph Robert Young
1985 Jesus Christ Superstar Dir. Bruce Wilson
1984 Grease Dir. Bruce Wilson

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 My Father My Son Tane Clarative Media Short Film
2019 Die Like A Shark Mark Otene Dir. Nick Epstein Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2010 Cardinal Orc Weta Workshop


Year Production Role Company / Director
2018 VTNZ: Road Commander Series Road Commander FCB NZ


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2012 Level 3 Precision Driving Peter Bell, Stunt Driver
2003 Day Stunt Workshop for Lord of The Rings
1993 Stunt Training Workshops
1990 Radio Course, 4 weeks
1989-1991 Bachelor of Performing Arts Toi Whakaari
1988 Tairawhiti Polytechnic
1985 LINKZ Dance Group 1985 - 1986


Intermediate: Te Reo Māori


Advanced: Māori | New Zealand

Intermediate: American - General | American - Ghetto | Australian | UK - English


Advanced: Athletics | Baseball | Body Surfing | Boxing | Bungee Jumping | Cricket | Cycling | Fishing | Golf | Gym | Kick Boxing | Netball | Ping Pong / Table Tennis | Rowing | Rugby League | Rugby Union | Running / Jogging | Snorkeling | Softball | Toboggan | Touch Football | Volleyball

Intermediate: Abseiling | Aerobics | Archery | BMX | Boating | Canoeing | Darts | Fencing | Grid Iron | Jet Ski | Jump Rope | Kayaking | Martial Arts | Mountain Biking | Sand Surfing | Shooting | Snow Mobile | Snow Skiing | Soccer | Swimming | Ten Pin Bowling | Tennis | Triathlon

Circus & Horse

Advanced: Horse Riding | Mustering | Stage Combat

Intermediate: Bareback Horse Riding | Clown | Rodeo | Whip Cracking

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general) | Farm Equipment | Motorcycle | Stick Shift | Van

Intermediate: Dune Buggy | Go-karting | Moto Cross | Parachuting | Precision Driving | Quad Motorbike | Skydiving | Stunt Driving

Stunts & Weapons

Advanced: Fire Burns | High Falls | Stunts | Weapons

Intermediate: Military Drill

Singing Range

Baritone | Bass

Singing Styles

Advanced: Country and Western | Musical | Popular

Intermediate: Blues | Cabaret | Show

Musical Instruments

Advanced: Guitar


Advanced: General Movement | Māori

Intermediate: Break | Disco | Hip Hop | Modern