Anyone who has seen War for the Planet of the Apes knows the visual effects are astonishing. Even though you know you’re watching a bunch of ones and zeroes, you still get emotionally involved with the characters. But seeing the raw footage next to the final footage is something else entirely.
War for the Planet of the Apes tells its story very well, but all of that might be for nothing if the effects that created the apes weren’t perfect. But it’s not just the ape fur and faces that are missing from reality. Most of the locations don’t really exist. At least, not in the way they look on screen.
Weta doesn’t just create props and VFX for the movies—they also create awesome collectibles. Including this beauty, which was the hottest item at New York Comic Con. Behold the official bust of Smaug from The Hobbit, made by the same artists and technicians who worked on the films.
This video is freaking great. Made by the team at RocketJump Film School, it makes a strong argument that while people love to crap on computer graphics in movies, those people don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.
Weta's put a huge amount of concept art from The Battle of the Five Armies. The level of detail going into the costumes, weapons, and fight scenes is simply incredible.
Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he felt like a "boobie" in his motion capture suit for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but how did he actually look? This video shows us how Weta translated Cumberbatch's performance into the CG-animated Smaug.
Regardless of how you feel about Man of Steel, you have to admit that Krypton's tech — especially the scene where Jor-El shows Clark the history of his home planet — was both unique and awesome. Wired got the Weta guys to explain how they came up these striking and unique visual effects.
We've come a long way since the days of Cool World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I mean, just look at last December's blockbuster, The Hobbit. Peter Jackson's Weta Studios (the same group that created Looper's skylines and District 9's extra terrestrial tech) leverages cutting-edge CGI techniques to meld live action…
Months before The Hobbit premiered, Sir Ian McKellen revealed an exceptionally personal (and completely understandable) moment about how working tirelessly for hours talking to imaginary beings in greenscreen can wear an actor down.
Can you put a price on efficient goblin-killing and a blue-glowing alarm system that turns on whenever orcs are near? Yes, you can, and that price is $9,900. Because that's how much WETA's terrifyingly gorgeous replica of The Hobbit's Orchrist sword costs. From the product description:
Check out this amazing piece of artwork from Weta, depicting Bilbo Baggins playing the game of riddles with Gollum. This artwork by Weta designer Gus Hunter, called "Riddles in the Dark," is available for sale as a snazzy 11.7 inch by 23.2 inch print. (We previously featured Weta's art print, "Disturber of the Peace".)
WETA paired up with Air NZ to bring us this totally nuts Hobbit-centric flight safety video. How close do you think New Zealand is to just renaming the whole country Peter Jackson Land?
Visitors to the Wellington Airport can now dine beneath the hungry eyes of Gollum. In honor of the upcoming Hobbit movie, the Weta Workshop has installed a 13-meter sculpture of the Ring-obsessed creature reaching for some tasty New Zealand rainbow trout.
Looks like Ridley Scott tried to keep all his FX bases covered when shooting Prometheus. A new batch of never-used effect shots shows off a new look for one of the Prometheus monsters. Spoilers ahead.
We've been following the savage world of Dr. Grordbort and his wonderful collection of ray guns for years. But now we're happy to report that the good doctor finally has his own short.
This is one of our all-time favorite Tintin scenes — Professor Calculus nearly getting run over by Captain Haddock's Lunar tank. And this tribute to Herge's original art was created by none other than Weta's Greg Broadmore, creator of the amazing Dr. Grordbort. Consider us over the Moon.
After rocking our worlds with Moon and thrilling us with Source Code, is director Duncan Jones leaving science fiction? It certainly sounds like it, but not before one last effort.
When the teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's Tintin trailer came out, I had reservations. The post, the styling, the action, they all looked terrific. But why couldn't we see anyone talking? As the new full-length trailer mercifully reveals, turns out they had nothing to hide.
Hobbiton is an idyllic scene... except for the untimely arrival of the wizard Gandalf, in this gorgeous art print called "Disturber of the Peace," by Weta Workshop concept artist Ben Wootten, who worked on the Lord of the Rings films.
Ready your man-melters and infallible aether oscillators! It's time to crush the Venusian heathens once and for all. Weta Workshop released a new animated promo for Dr. Grordbort's amazing steampunk rayguns and other super-advanced tools of space Empire.