As animation supervisor at Weta Digital, Dave Clayton knows a thing or two about creating virtual worlds. To celebrate the launch of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on DVD and Blu-ray, we had a quick chat with Dave about some of the work he's done with Weta.
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We've come a long way since the days of Cool World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I mean, just look at last December's blockbuster, The Hobbit. Peter Jackson's Weta Studios (the same group that created Looper's skylines and District 9's extra terrestrial tech) leverages cutting-edge CGI techniques to meld live action and digital animation so seamlessly you'd swear those giant eagles were real.
It's no secret that Peter Jackson, WETA and New Line Cinema are all trying to justify the special effects and frame rate of The Hobbit before its release in a few weeks. It's now emerging that Sir Ian McKellen, the seemingly-unflappable Gandalf The Grey, was reduced to tears by the effects on the shoot of the film.
New Zealand, you're getting cooler by the day! Just look at this wonderful, massive Gollum sculpture, which now hovers playfully over the food court at Wellington Airport. Built by the folks at the Weta Workshop and installed in a brutal, three-day hoisting marathon, the installation is part cultural enrichment and part (you guessed it) promotion for Peter Jackson's upcoming flick The Hobbit.
Remember those incredible live-action Halo shorts? Well, that director has his first full-length movie coming out, and it looks downright badass.
We've seen a Disney artist draw some technically proficient images on the iPhone, but for some reason—maybe it's the hardware, maybe it's the content—we just weren't as captivated.