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Joe Letteri to Present ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ at VIEW 2017

Renowned Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor to present the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind the final film in the trilogy at VIEW 2017 running October 23-27, 2017 in Torino, Italy.

TURIN, Italy -- Organizers of VIEW 2017, Italy’s leading computer graphics, digital media and games conference, have announced that renowned Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri is confirmed to present War for the Planet of the Apes at this year’s edition.

Letteri will discuss the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind the final film in the trilogy. This wide-ranging talk will cover the enhancements to the capture and animation technology but also the crucial changes introduced with the use of Weta’s Manuka renderer. Letteri will also cover the complex simulation work for the big avalanche and battle sequences as well as Weta’s new full environment simulation tool, Totara.

Letteri’s pioneering work in visual effects has earned him four Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for Avatar, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. He has a long-standing interest in creating compelling, realistic creatures -- from Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs and The Lord of the Ring trilogy’s Gollum to the Na’vi in Avatar and Caesar from the Planet of the Apes franchise. He has developed many techniques that have become industry standards for creating photorealistic digital effects. This includes co-developing the subsurface scattering technique that brought Gollum to life -- winning an Academy Technical Achievement Award in 2004 -- and pushing the development of large-scale virtual production.

Under Letteri’s leadership, Weta Digital has continued to expand and improve these techniques through films like War for the Planet of the Apes and Luc Besson’s new sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

VIEW Awards

VIEW Conference has also announced the opening of submissions for the show’s highly competitive VIEW Awards. Celebrating the best in animation and video games, each year this competition receives hundreds of entries, vying for recognition in four categories for animated short films or videogames.

The VIEW Conference’s popular awards competition recognizes animated short films and videogames created between January 1, 2015 and September 15, 2017. Entry is available online at:

VIEW Awards Competition Categories:

  • BEST SHORT – category for those creating and animated short, music video or commercial using 2D/3D animation. The contest is open to students and professionals with a maximum length of 30 minutes. The best short will be evaluated based on design, environments and best character. First prize is 2,000 Euros.
  • SOCIAL CONTEST – a short video clip or commercial focusing on social themes. First prize is 500 Euros.
  • GAME CONTEST – an award recognizing the best gameplay, design and mechanics. First prize is 500 Euros.
  • ITALIANMIX – dedicated to the work of Italian artists, the work can be animated, experimental or documentary. Maximum length 30 minutes. First prize is 500 Euros.

The deadline for all VIEW Awards submissions is September 15, 2017.


Registration is now open for VIEW 2017, now in its 18th year, which runs October 23-27, 2017 in Torino, Italy. Professional and Students are invited to register to attend VIEW Conference 2017 online at

The VIEW 2017 Conference is made possible with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Piedmont Region, Turin’s Chamber of Commerce and the City of Turin,

Source: VIEW Conference 

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.