We don’t hesitate to blog about the achievements and creations of our colleagues and friendly competitors. Today we’d like to quote a great article (with videos) by Michael Maher over at RocketStock, about WETA Digital.
WETA Digital is one of the most prominent VFX houses. This little New Zealand studio has grown into one of the most powerful companies in the industry.
With the incredible advances WETA Digital has made, it’s almost unbelievable that the studio has only be around since the 1990s.
Named after a native New Zealand insect (the weta), WETA Digital was founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jamie Selkirk in 1993. The studios first project was creating special effects for Peter Jackson’s film Heavenly Creatures. They would continue to work on Jackson’s projects and also the 1997 Robert Zemeckis sci-fi Contact.
Continue reading the full article: https://www.rocketstock.com/blog/the-vfx-of-weta-digital/
In 2001, Peter Jackson released The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The film was nominated for 13 Oscars, winning Best Visual Effects. The Lord of the Rings trilogy created the software Multiple Agent Simulation System in Virtual Environment, or MASSIVE.
The program uses computer animation and artificial intelligence to create crowd-related visual effects. Instead of having to individually animate every character, MASSIVE allowed users to create massive crowds with individuals that act independently.
The program was used to create the epic battle scenes, in which hundreds of thousands of soldiers fought each other. The program was licensed out to other VFX houses, and has become standard software for animators. MASSIVE has been used on several features like Avatar, Flags of Our Fathers, WALL-E, and most recently The Hobbit.