WETA Digital Releases 'Alita: Battle Angel' BTS Featurette

We're hoping it gets released, because some of the answers are interesting.The other video was a featurette from WETA Digital, showing just how far mocap has come:Synthetic action (as producer John Landau calls it) is really the perfect way to describe the incredible visual aspects of the film.Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on February 14th 2019.[...]

Pete's Dragon Goes Fuzzy In First Photo Of Elliott

The updated look was inspired by visual effects house Weta watching videos of pandas and other mammals in an attempt to discover a naturalist way to animate Elliot's clumsy manner.Pete's Dragon opens on August 12th. Hidden from the earlier trailer for Pete's Dragon, Entertainment Weekly has a first look photo of Elliott as he will[...]

A Look At The Visual Effects For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Here we have one of the best, Weta, showing us the VFX for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the company of dwarves comes to a climatic conclusion when they are faced with the devastating consequences of having unleashed the dragon Smaug, and reclaiming the Lonely Mountain[...]

A Featurette On The Virtual Cinematography Of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Weta Digital are tremendous artists This new video showcases the parts of their craft pertaining to virtual cinematography This is what allows Peter Jackson to place his camera where he wants and movie it in a way driven by storytelling, tone and mood, not practicality Further than that, this is how those shots then communicate[...]

Come Visit Arcadia, Just Make Sure To Avoid A Meltdown

Her work with The San Francisco Zoo, National Geographic, and Weta amazed us! So we hired her Yeah, “hired” her, which means that she is being paid and will continue to be (there has been some good discussion going on about this on Twitter).Our comic book series is called ARCADIA, and we have set up[...]

I Think This Is Smaug As We'll See Him In The Hobbit Movies – UPDATED

I may end up with egg on my face, but I'm pretty darn sure the signs all read "Smaug."UPDATE: The cinema is officially saying that this is the dragon from the Weta animated series Jane and the Dragon Except it isn't It's nothing like any of the dragon images from that show I think they're[...]

Weta Videos: How To Make A Goblin King, Orcish Defiler Or Wide-Eyed Gollum

When we ran ILM's behind the scenes promo for The Avengers, I wished for something comparable from Weta Digital What we have here, I believe, is something better.These clips, found at The LA Times, might not be dance floor fillers in the way ILM's was, but there's good info in the audio here as well as the video[...]

First Look At Weta's Trolls For The Hobbit, Fresh From Comic-Con

They're wearing white sheets over their heads, for tonight at least, but the Weta booth at San Diego Comic-Con is already playing host to three life-size trolls from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.The sheets come off tomorrow.What this photo can't convey is the intensity of detail These are some beautifully well made models.I can't wait[...]

First Review: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

The original Planet of the Apes films are not hard sci-fi by any means, but fantasies with rich allegorical value. From the very first reports on Rise of the Apes, (originally Caesar, and now Rise of the Planet of the Apes to hammer the connection home, though, honestly, the chance of anybody missing the links, […]

VIDEO STREAM: Behind The Scenes Of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Live

See behind the scenes at WETA as they make monkey magic.The below player will be giving you a vantage point into the FX kitchens where the digital simians for Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes are being cooked up.If you're early, come back at 2.18 PDT, or 10.18 PM here in the UK[...]

First Footage From The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Shows Off A Moody Ape

The 20th Century Fox zookeepers have let slip the The Rise of the Planet of the Apes apes.*It's a WETA FX gig, so you know it's going to look good - and they've even got a track record in, very specifically, digitally-rendered simians performed by Andy Serkis They were on home turf all the way.Here's[...]

First Look At An Ape From Rise Of The Apes

It's the Weta touch.It's not clear if this is Caesar, the "star ape", though I'd expect it's likely It is clear that he's rocking a very familiar glare:Rupert Wyatt's very interesting-sounding film will be with us in August. Until now, the closest we'd managed to get to one of the Rise of the Apes apes[...]

Ricky Gervais To Play Mole In Weta Wind In The Willows

Indie producer-director Ray Griggs is currently working on a new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows with animatronic animal FX courtesy of the boffins at Weta Previously, we've had the film's poster and teaser trailer.. and now the casting begins.According to Variety (the story isn't on their site at time of writing, but[...]

John Carpenter On Board for Darkchylde Film

It's been a couple years since WETA entered the picture, Newsarama revealed some WETA test footage for the film this summer, and now a press release has John Carpenter signed on to direct.Queen had this to say: "I'm beyond thrilled that John Carpenter, one of our most important, and legendary genre directors, and the man responsible[...]

Moody Trailer For The Wind in the Willows

Last night, I had trouble getting the trailer for Ray Grigg's Weta-powered The Wind in the Willows to play on the film's official site but it's now been uploaded to YouTube.Particularly misrepresentative in the sense that it's all CG and the film is going to feature cast of practical (ie man in suit) effects[...]