After finishing Art school, Ra Vincent trained under his father as a sculptor and scenic artist on small New Zealand film and television projects. It wasn’t until his role as sculptor on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy that he discovered the process of big budget film making with an international film community and an opportunity to broaden his skill base.
Ra worked as set decorator on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which earned him an Oscar nomination in 2012 alongside Dan Hennah, and then a second Oscar nomination in 2020 for his Production Design on Jojo Rabbit. He was production designer on Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder due for release this July.
With his various skills Ra involves himself in many aspects of the design process, from Production design and creating Concept Art to Project Management, Set Design and Set Decoration. He has run projects and assembled local Art Department crews in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Prague, Berlin, Hong Kong, Hawaii and throughout Australia and New Zealand.