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Avatar's VFX Master: Weta Digital's Joe Letteri

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 23, 2009 at 11:16AM

People in Hollywood tend to put film directors up on pedestals, and as far as Avatar is concerned, Jim Cameron deserves to be up there. I'm calling nine Oscar nominations for Avatar. But its one sure-shot win will be Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri's Weta Digital team for Avatar's visual effects. What they accomplished in the The Lords of the Rings trilogy and King Kong changed the way movies are made. And so does Avatar, which will have a huge impact on movie FX to come, from Tintin to Gemini Man. Nothing, it seems, will be impossible to put on film anymore.
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People in Hollywood tend to put film directors up on pedestals, and as far as Avatar is concerned, Jim Cameron deserves to be up there. I'm calling nine Oscar nominations for Avatar. But its one sure-shot win will be Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri's Weta Digital team for Avatar's visual effects. What they accomplished in the The Lords of the Rings trilogy and King Kong changed the way movies are made. And so does Avatar, which will have a huge impact on movie FX to come, from Tintin to Gemini Man. Nothing, it seems, will be impossible to put on film anymore.

While I interviewed Letteri on the phone in Wellywood for my Popular Mechanics Avatar feature, Letteri blew into L.A. to see the movie for the first time. I grabbed him for this four-part flip cam interview, more on the jump.

Part One - Avatar advances


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Part Two - Facial Capture


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Part Three


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Part Four - The Eyes!


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This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Video, Oscars, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Avatar, Sci-fi, Interviews


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