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    Weta Digital

    Founded Year: 1993
    Weta Digital is a world leading visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand. We provide a full suite of digital production services for feature films and high end commercials, from concept design to cutting edge 3D animation.

    Weta was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers including Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk. It later split into two specialised halves - Weta Digital (digital effects) and Weta Workshop (physical effects).

    One of our first projects was to provide visual effects for Peter Jackson?s film Heavenly Creatures. We went on to work digital magic on Peter?s blockbuster movies The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong.

    We also work with other Hollywood directors, providing digital effects for box office hits like I, Robot, X-Men: The Last Stand, Eragon, Bridge to Terabithia, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Water Horse, Jumper, The Day the Earth Stood Still, District 9 and The Lovely Bones.

    Most recently Weta Digital won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on James Cameron?s Avatar. Our work on the film involved using a new camera system and shooting on a virtual stage. New technologies were developed for supporting software and a new production pipeline in order to reach a new level of creative and technological excellence, delivering the film in 3D.

    Our reputation for creativity and delivery keeps us in high demand with some of the world?s leading film studios.

    Specialties
    VFX, Visual Effects, Feature Film, Commercials, Special Venue Projects, Animation, Compositing, Motion Capture, Lighting, Effects, Crowd Generation, Film Scanning, Recording

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    Matt Aitken (1997 - 2011)
    Visual Effects Supervisor Pre-production Cg Supervisor Digital Effects Supervisor Digital Models Supervisor Computer Graphics Supervisor Digital Modeling Supervisor Models Supervisor
    Guy Williams (2001 - 2012)
    Visual Effects Supervisor Co-visual Effects Supervisor Digital Effects Supervisor 3d Cg Supervisor Cg Supervisor 3d Sequence Supervisor 3d Sequence Lead Technical Director Pre-pro Shading Supervisor
    Joe Letteri (2002 - 2013)
    Visual Effects Supervisor Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
    Eric Saindon (2001 - 2009)
    Visual Effects Supervisor Digital Effects Supervisor Lead Cg Supervisor 3d Sequence Supervisor Creatures Supervisor
    Martin Hill (2005 - 2012)
    Visual Effects Supervisor Shaders Supervisor Senior Shader Writer Shader Supervisor Cg Supervisor Visual Effects Digital Effects Artist 3d Sequence Lead
    Stephen Rosenbaum (2004 - 2009)
    Visual Effects Supervisor On-set Supervisor
    Alvise Avati (2005 - 2009)
    Senior Animator Animator
    Garry Runke (2009 - 2013)
    Visual Effects Artist Effects Technical Director Visual Effects Technical Director
    Martin Preston (2002 - 2006)
    Digital Effects Artist Fur Software Developer Software Developer
    Rainer Zottl (2007 - 2011)
    Senior Modeller Lead Modeller Lead Modeler Modeler Models Team
    Robin Hollander (2007 - 2011)
    Lead Compositor Digital Compositor Visual Effects Compositor
    Eric Leven (2002 - 2004)
    Lighting Technical Director Creature Technical Director
    John Haley (2001 - 2003)
    Lead Massive Technical Director Massive Crowd Technical Director
    Randall William Cook (2001 - 2003)
    Animation Supervisor
    Adam Valdez (2001 - 2002)
    Animation Department Head Animation Supervisor
    Ken McGaugh (2002 - 2003)
    3d Sequence Lead Technical Director
    Laurent Ben-mimoun (2001 - 2002)
    Matte Painter
    Mathieu Raynault (2002 - 2003)
    Senior Matte Painter Matte Painter
    Ollie Rankin (2001 - 2002)
    Massive Crowd Technical Director
    Sean Lewkiw (2001 - 2002)
    3d Technical Director Effects Animator
    Anders Nyman (2011)
    Lighting Technical Director
    Avi Goodman (2002)
    Animator
    Ben Snow (2005)
    Visual Effects Supervisor
    Blake Sweeney (2003)
    3d Lighting Technical Director
    Dietrich Hasse (2005)
    Lead Animator
    Everett Burrell (2012)
    Visual Effects Supervisor
    Hakan Blomdahl (2005)
    Digital Compositor
    Hassan El Youbi (2009)
    Lighting Technical Director
    J. Todd Constantine (2007)
    Matchmove Artist
    Pablo Angeles Zuman (2009)
    Modeler
    Peter Jackson (1997)
    Additional Visual Effects
    Randy Goux (2001)
    3d Sequence Lead
    Richard Bain (2005)
    Compositor
    Staffan Linder (2005)
    Character Animator
    Tim Crosbie (2001)
    Digital Artist

    News

    The Hobbit - Production Video 9
    November 26th, 2012
    Take a look at the post-production part of The Hobbit.
    Alien Territory: The Making of Prometheus
    August 6th, 2012
    A very complete article covering all the major studios that did the VFX on Prometheus.
    Man of Steel - First Poster
    July 15th, 2012
    Here is the brand new poster from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
    Cinefex #130 is out!
    July 11th, 2012
    This issue covers The Avengers, Prometheus, Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman.
    Prometheus: rebuilding hallowed vfx space
    June 20th, 2012
    A very in-depth article about the visual effects on Prometheus by all major vendors.
    Weta Digital and Prometheus
    June 19th, 2012
    Another article about the visual effects Weta Digital did for Prometheus.
    Prometheus - Alien Anatomy
    June 18th, 2012
    Martin Hill talks about the work Weta Digital did on Prometheus.
    fxguidetv #149: Prometheus visual breakdown
    June 15th, 2012
    In this episode you can see some visual effects breakdowns of the spacecrafts, holograms, star map room and the Engineers.
    Prometheus - Production Focus
    June 14th, 2012
    A CGS article about the work done by several studios on Prometheus.
    Prometheus: Bringing Alien into the 21st Century
    June 13th, 2012
    Weta and Rising Sun Pictures help Ridley Scott on his sci-fi return.
    Weta Digital and The Avengers
    May 25th, 2012
    VFX Supervisor Guy Williams talks about the visual effects on The Avengers.
    Prometheus - International Poster
    May 17th, 2012
    Check out this amazing poster!
    The Foundry - Showreel 2012
    May 9th, 2012
    A must see!
    Getting Animated Over The Avengers
    May 4th, 2012
    ILM's Jeff White and Weta's Guy Williams discuss a new Hulk and Iron Man tune-up for Joss Whedon's superhero epic.
    Cinefex #129 is out!
    March 27th, 2012
    it covers John Carter, Red Tails, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tintin.
    Deep Compositing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    March 27th, 2012
    Here Robin Hollander takes us through Weta Digital's ground breaking use of the technology on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
    Blender's 4th open movie: VFX in Amsterdam
    February 27th, 2012
    Crowd-funded movie short helps developing an open source vfx pipeline.
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Trailer
    February 13th, 2012
    President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
    fxguidetv #134: 10th Annual VES Awards
    February 10th, 2012
    A report from the 10th Annual VES Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt. Plus, Rob Legato, Stan Lee and Douglas Trumbull.
    Production Focus: The Adventures of Tintin
    January 22nd, 2012
    CGSociety takes a look at how Tintin was lighted by Weta Digital.
    The Adventure of Tintin and Weta Digital
    December 24th, 2011
    Visual Effects Supervisor Matt Aitken talks about his experience working on Tintin.
    Cinefex #128 is out!
    December 20th, 2011
    it covers Real Steel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hugo and The Tree of Life.
    Prometheus - New Official Image
    November 23rd, 2011
    New Ridley Scott film Prometheus is rumored to be a prequel to Alien.
    The Adventures of Tintin - Making of
    October 14th, 2011
    Take a look at this behind the scenes video of the upcoming Spielberg movie.
    The Avengers - Official Teaser Trailer
    October 11th, 2011
    Joss Whedon brings together the ultimate team of superheroes in the first official trailer for Marvel's The Avengers.
    Weta Digital and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    September 23rd, 2011
    Dan Lemmon talks about his role in the film.
    Apes will Rise
    September 2nd, 2011
    A CGSociety article about the visual effects by Weta Digital in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
    An Open Letter to Andy Serkis
    August 22nd, 2011
    A response to Andy talking about his performance capture in film.
    Weta Digital Monkey Business
    August 9th, 2011
    Joe Letteri explains how they pulled off Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Weta Featurette
    August 2nd, 2011
    A lot of interesting material in this behind the scenes, a must see.
    A Quantized-Diffusion Model for Rendering Translucent Materials
    July 8th, 2011
    This paper will appear at Siggraph 2011.
    Making mutants for X-Men: First Class
    June 16th, 2011
    In this amazing article fxguide covers the work made by all major vendors.
    New Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer
    June 3rd, 2011
    In this new trailer we can see the real plot of the movie. The apes looks amazing!
    Deep Compositing will be supported in OpenEXR 2.0 and Nuke
    May 5th, 2011
    Weta Digital's "deep compositing" technology, developed during its work on Avatar, will be supported in the next release of OpenEXR, company CTO Sebastian Sylwan has announced at fmx.
    X-Men: First Class - Theatrical Trailer
    April 28th, 2011
    More of the plot is reveal in this trailer.
    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - Featurette
    April 27th, 2011
    Take a look at the Featurette and some cool concept art images.
    Biz battles crunch on tentpole vfx
    April 26th, 2011
    Blockbusters blow budgets, deadlines
    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - Teaser Trailer
    April 14th, 2011
    Weta Digital is behind the visual effects of this movie, looks amazing!
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    April 12th, 2011
    First "very quick" look at Weta's Apes
    a short history of CG characters in movies
    February 15th, 2011
    Take a look at this interesting documentary about the story of CG characters.
    X-Men: First Class
    February 10th, 2011
    Sequel to the popular franchise traces the early years of archenemies Professor X and Magneto as they discover their powers for the first time
    Avatar and Weta Digital
    February 1st, 2010
    Hassan El Youbi, Lighting Technical Director, talks about his work on Avatar.
    Blockbusters take toll on f/x shops
    June 1st, 2007
    Hollywood puts pressure on techies
    Weta's Renderfarm for Rent
    March 21st, 2004
    They have a total of 1600 dual processor servers.
    Weta Digital: From Gollum to Kong
    February 18th, 2004
    Mark Ramshaw discusses the transition Weta Digital is taking from The Lord of the Rings series to new projects like King Kong.