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Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

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CAA Hit with New Round of Layoffs and Furloughs

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:15pm

While animation production seems to be thriving, one of Hollywood’s premier agencies announces a significant staff reduction, another sign of COVID’s continued impact on many areas of the entertainment business.

Business Headline News

Weta, Streamliner and Avalon Studios Launch Virtual Production Business

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:59pm

New service, based in New Zealand, brings together LED live stage expertise and real-time game engine-based workflows to expand what can be done safely and creatively on set.

People Headline News

Weta Digital Launches Weta Animated Original Content Business

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:55pm

Fulfilling Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh’s long-time dream, leading VFX studio will for the first begin producing original animated feature and episodic content.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

The ‘Eyes’ Have It: Stuart Adcock Talks Will Smith at 23 and 50 in ‘Gemini Man’

Weta Digital’s facial modeling and performance capture animation expert discusses the difficulties and challenges of creating one of the most convincing digital humans ever seen on film.

Business Headline News

Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Makes ‘Significant’ Investment in Weta Digital

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:00pm

Billionaire philanthropist and entrepreneur, Facebook’s first president, partners with VFX pioneer to help fund studio’s growth.

TV VFX VFXWorld

Weta Digital Fells a Dragon and Slays a Giant in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

Animation supervisor David Clayton shares how his team brought down the fire-breathing Rhaegal with a giant bolt, and Crum the giant wight with a small knife, in HBO’s hit action-adventure series. 

People Headline News

Rebecca Manning Joins Alkemy X as Compositing Supervisor

Veteran compositing supervisor brings with her more than 40 movie and TV credits including ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and ‘Avatar.’

Framestore VFXWorld

Framestore Gets Into the Action for ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

From the floating city of Zalem and the vast Iron City to the massive crowd-filled Motorball stadium, Framestore delivers a broad range of visual effects for Robert Rodriguez’s action-packed dystopian feature.

Feature VFX VFXWorld

Driving ‘Mortal Engines’: Weta Crafts a Dystopian World for Universal’s YA Adaptation

VFX supervisor Ken McGaugh and animation supervisor Dennis Yoo face the challenges of creating a steampunk-inflected dystopian world inhabited by giant, predator cities on wheels for Oscar-winning VFX artist-turned-director Christian Rivers’ feature adaptation.

Marvel Studios VFXWorld

Capturing Thanos: How the Ultimate ‘Avengers’ Adversary Was Brought to Life

VFX supervisors Dan DeLeeuw and Kelly Port discuss the challenges of capturing the nuanced performance of Josh Brolin as the philosophical antagonist in ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

Feature VFX VFXWorld

Building A Better Colossus: How They Raised the VFX Stakes for ‘Deadpool 2’

Production VFX supervisor Dan Glass doubles down on the creation of a more unified Colossus with simultaneous facial capture and voice performance, and geometry-based character animation.

Marvel Studios VFXWorld

Defining Thanos: Weta Brings Motion Capture to New Heights for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Weta Digital and Digital Domain transform Josh Brolin’s motion capture performance into a believable and imposing CG adversary.

Marvel Studios VFXWorld

Previs Plays a Major Role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Senior previs/postvis supervisor Gerardo Ramirez discusses the highlights and challenges of the fourteenth collaboration between The Third Floor and Marvel Studios.

Marvel Studios VFXWorld

Sympathy for the Devil: How Digital Domain Helped Create Thanos for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Complementing the 12-foot tall purple villain created by Weta Digital for action-packed fight sequences, Digital Domain employs proprietary tool Masquerade using new machine-learning algorithms to deliver emotive performances from the CG character.

Feature VFX VFXWorld

Weta Digital Delivers Mystical Pearls and More for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

Weta VFX supervisor Martin Hill details the challenges of crafting a species of benevolent creatures and their world for the first eight minutes of director Luc Besson’s Academy-shortlisted sci-fi fantasy adventure.

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