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Interview: Joe Letteri’s Visual Effects for The Hobbit

Interview: Joe Letteri’s Visual Effects for The Hobbit

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In December of 2011, I interviewed Joe Letteri for LivinginCinema and AwardsDaily. The four-time Oscar-winning visual effects artist took me deep into the process of crafting the characters and worlds of the Lord of the Rings films, King Kong, Avatar, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The main thing I took away from talking with Letteri was the extent to which he and the team at Weta Digital…

The Hobbit Leads VES Nominations

The Hobbit Leads VES Nominations

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From The HR: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Joe Letteri Eileen Moran Eric Saindon Kevin L. Sherwood Prometheus Paul Butterworth Charley Henley Allen Maris Richard Stammers Life of Pi Thomas Fisher Susan Macleod Guillaume Rocheron Bill Westenhofer The Avengers Susan Pickett Janek Sirrs Jeff White Guy Williams Battleship Grady Cofer Pablo Helman Jeanie King Glen Mcintosh

Report from the Visual Effects Bakeoff

Report from the Visual Effects Bakeoff

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Bill Desowitz reports from the Academy’s Visual Effects bake-off.  He predicts the same films he thought would be nominated prior to the bake-off, “Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises … with Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man, or even Skyfall grabbing the final spot.”  He doesn’t mention Cloud Atlas, even though the reel they showed was among the most dazzling effects of the year.  These are all really strong contenders, however.  Desowitz…

10 contenders remain in the VEX Oscar race

10 contenders remain in the VEX Oscar race

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Cloud Atlas” “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “John Carter” “Life of Pi” “Marvel’s The Avengers” “Prometheus” “Skyfall” “Snow White and the Huntsman” All members…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, VFX Breakdown

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, VFX Breakdown

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Mindblowing. The best special effects are those you’d never guess are effects.

Visual Effects Contenders Down to Ten

Visual Effects Contenders Down to Ten

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“Captain America: The First Avenger” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ “Hugo” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” “Real Steel” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” “The Tree of Life” “X-Men: First Class” Hugo among them! Rise of the Planet of the Apes! Harry Potter! The Tree of Life!

Jackson Truax talks Rise of the Apes Visual Effects with Joe Letteri

Jackson Truax talks Rise of the Apes Visual Effects with Joe Letteri

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Like countless other craftsmen in the film industry, Joe Letteri is far from a household name. Still, if you’ve appreciated the visual effects of the Lord of the Rings films, King Kong, Avatar, or this summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you’re familiar with Letteri’s work, and how he and the crew at Weta Digital have spent the past decade being great innovators in the world of visual…

15 Films to Compete for Visual Effects, The Apes will Rise!

15 Films to Compete for Visual Effects, The Apes will Rise!

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“Captain America: The First Avenger” “Cowboys & Aliens” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ “Hugo” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” “Real Steel” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” “Sucker Punch” “Super 8″ “Thor” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” “The Tree of Life” “X-Men: First Class”

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Comic-Con Footage

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Comic-Con Footage

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is looking pretty damned good.

Inception, How to Train Your Dragon lead VES Awards

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Inception tops the Visual Effects Society Awards with 4 wins. How to Train Your Dragon wins 3.¬† (Thanks to The Wrap for the list) MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture: “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers and Matthew Plummer Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture: “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill and Danielle Plantec Outstanding Animation in an Animated…