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

by Anne Thompson
December 23, 2009 11:16 AM
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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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  • michael | August 13, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    hai sir
    my name is michael,I am a indan.
    i now learn maya sir.please your contact no sir

  • SKondris | February 2, 2010 8:12 AMReply

    Great videos, loved listening to Joe's take on it all. Very interesting!

  • Warex3d | January 26, 2010 7:40 AMReply


  • Will Dearborn | December 28, 2009 12:50 AMReply

    Thank you for these Anne. I love hearing the technical details of productions like Avatar and it's great that there's someone out there that is just as enthused about it. Joe seems like a really nice guy too. Great insight. Thank you.

  • deepak panchal | December 25, 2009 7:29 AMReply

    good movie

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