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10. "Lord of the Rings": The Visual Effects That Brought Middle Earth to the Screen
Sunday, Half Day, 1:45 - 5:30 pm
West Hall A
Level: Beginning

Weta Digital's work on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy involved all aspects of feature-film visual effects, from creature and digital double animation to massive battle scenes, from creation of totally digital environments to the ground-breaking digital performance of Gollum. This course summarizes each of these achievements and offers detailed breakdowns of techniques developed and procedures used in the trilogy.

Prerequisites
Basic understanding of the principles of computer graphics, animation, and visual effects.

Intended Audience
Anyone who is interested in the current state of digital visual effects and animation for film.

Organizer
Matt Aitken
Weta Digital Ltd

Lecturers
Matt Aitken
Greg Butler
Dan Lemmon
Dana Peters
Eric Saindon
Guy Williams
Weta Digital Ltd

Schedule
1:45 Introduction
Aitken
1:55 Gollum
Butler and Peters
2:55 Other Creatures
Balrog
3:05 Shelob, Gwaihir
Aitken and Williams
3:30 Break
3:45 Massive
Aitken
4:10 Pelennor Fields
Saindon
4:20 Mumakil
Saindon and Peters
4:40 Digital Doubles,
Lemmon
4:55 Great Beast, Trolls
Peters
5:10 Conclusion
Aitken
5:15 Questions and Answers
All

 
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