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  09-07-98: Weta to Spend $10 Million on Computer Systems
Miramar-based Weta Digital is a key player in bringing the J R R Tolkien fantasy classic stories to screen.
Weta Digital is a Silicon Graphics facility, running Indigo2, O2 and Octane workstations along with several four-processor Origin 200 servers, a single processor Origin 2000 server, and an eight-processor Onyx super-computer.
Weta Digital was created to provide special effects for the 1993 film Heavenly Creatures, and is the reason for Weta's existence, Mr.
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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Weta Digital
Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand, an offshoot of the Weta Workshop physical effects company.
A digital system is one that uses discrete values (often electrical voltages), especially those representable as binary numbers, or non-numeric symbols such as letters or icons, for input, processing, transmission, storage, or display, rather than a continuous spectrum of values (ie, as in an analog system).
Weta Digital has been considered by some to be one of the best visual effects studios in the world.
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 Autodesk - Media & Entertainment Solutions - Alias And Weta Digital Confirm Strategic Business Alliance   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Weta Digital was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers, including Peter Jackson, director of the three Lord of The Rings films.
Weta Digital and Alias first formed a strategic business relationship in 1999, as the Weta Digital team was beginning work on the numerous effects shots required for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Weta Digital was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers including Peter Jackson, Jamie Selkirk, Jim Booth, George Port, Tania Rodger and Richard Taylor.
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 Weta Digital - Frequently Asked Questions
Weta Digital is unable to recommend universities, schools or courses.
Weta Digital requires a CV/resume with a showreel and/or portfolio from all applicants.
Weta Digital is always keen to keep in contact with technical and administrative talent.
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 WETA Digital TV Channels
If you currently watch television on a newer television set (with a built-in digital tuner) or if you are a digital cable or satellite subscriber, you can tune in to watch programs on WETA's four specialty channels, in addition to watching WETA 26.
On WETA Create are how-to, cooking, and travel programs.
WETA Family features family-friendly programs and WETA World brings you news and public affairs programs.
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 SyFlex - The Cloth Simulator   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Weta Digital discovered Syflex's cloth simulation technology while the production of the epic trilogy was already on its way, and ended up using it in more than 600 shots in the last movie.
Weta Digital used up to 100 licenses to compute the cloth simulations on their computer farm.
Weta Digital was formed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand film makers.
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 WETA TV 26 and 90.9 FM Washington, DC - WETA TV 26/ 90.9 FM - Washington, D.C.
Classical WETA 90.9 FM is the exclusive classical music station in the nation's capital.
This September WETA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month on TV 26.
WETA salutes Anita Scott and Mike Nardolilli, September 2007 Hometown Heroes.
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 Digital Vision Case Study : Weta Uses Nucoda System on "King Kong"
Weta Digital is one of the leading, state-of-the-art VFX facilities in the world.
Nucoda Colour Timer was selected by Weta Digital for its ability to seamlessly integrate into their DI workflow.
Weta Digital CTO Milton Ngan notes, “King Kong has a very complex DI workflow so we needed a product that would easily adapt to fit our needs.
www.digitalvision.se /solutions_case_studies/case_weta_nucoda_for_kingkong.htm   (229 words)

 Autodesk - Discreet Lustre - Weta Digital   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Weta Digital relies on Discreet® Lustre® color grading systems software to help them establish the unique and stylized look and feel for Universal Pictures’ King Kong.
Digital color grading was used to create a look that’s not contemporary and really connects the audience to the eeriness of Skull Island and iconic imagery of 1933 New York City.
During the shooting of the live action—much of which was done in front of a green screen—Weta Digital needed the freedom to capture the actors’ performances and then pull both the live-action and computer-generated (CG) elements together in post-production.
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 creativepro.com - Pixologic's ZBrush: A Key Component of Weta Digital's Modeling Pipeline
Matt Aitken, Digital Models Supervisor at WETA explains: "Pixologic's ZBrush was trialed by Weta Digital's modeling department early in our post-production work on "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and it quickly became one of the key software components of our modeling pipeline."
Weta Digital was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers including Peter Jackson, Jamie Selkirk, Jim Booth, George Port, Tania Rodger and Richard Taylor.
Weta's digital artists use the latest hardware and software, as well as a suite of proprietary tools.
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 Weta Digital Uses Nucoda on “King Kong” DI
Weta Digital Uses Nucoda on “King Kong” DI Academy Award winning visual effects company Weta Digital has selected the Nucoda Color Timer to handle the digital intermediate work on Universal Pictures’ King Kong.
Nucoda Color Timer was selected by Weta Digital for its ability to seamlessly integrate into the DI workflow.
Weta Digital chief technology officer Milton Ngan says, “King Kong has a very complex DI workflow so we needed a product that would easily adapt to fit our needs.
www.digitalcinemareport.com /news/wetadigital.html   (314 words)

 Cameron Taps Weta Digital for Avatar - ComingSoon.net
Academy Award® winner Joe Letteri and Weta Digital have signed on to create visual effects, creatures and digital environments for James Cameron's much-anticipated and innovative new motion picture, Avatar.
"Weta has proven themselves a leader in visionary effects, especially in the area of performance capture based character animation, which is a big part of my new film," says writer/director James Cameron.
Academy Award® winning producer Jon Landau adds "Weta has an incredible depth of creative talent that has continually proven their ability to create technological innovations that allow filmmakers to tell stories which could not otherwise be told.
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Jon Labrie, who led the project for Weta Digital said "We chose IBM we were impressed with both the level of commitment to Linux on an organizational level, and the skills of the IBM Linux team members.
Weta Digital had run Linux on servers for two years and the success there in terms of price and performance was the catalyst that led to the investigation of Linux workstation options in the marketplace and the decision to partner with IBM.
The first of the new machines were installed at Weta Digital in early May for use by the special effects artists working on The Two Towers, the second film in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
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 Weta Workshop // Projects - Weta Digital
Workshops digital arm, Weta Digital is an Academy Award winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Most recently, Weta Digital has completed work on the Theatrical Film and Extended DVD Version of King Kong (Universal) and has completed visual effects work for I,Robot (20th Century Fox) and X-Men – The Last Stand (20th Century Fox).
Weta Digital is now in production for the films The Waterhorse (Walden Media), Bridge to Terabithia (Walden Media), Eragon (Fox 2000 Pictures), Halo (20th Century Fox) and Avatar (20th Century Fox).
www.wetaworkshop.co.nz /projects/whatelse/weta_digital   (230 words)

 BBC NEWS | Technology | When hi-tech meets high fantasy
Running the huge technological resources behind the films was Weta Digital, a firm formed by Rings director Peter Jackson and others in 1993 to do the effects for the Heavenly Creatures movie.
The Weta executive was in London as part of a project to promote New Zealand as a place to find skilled technology workers and get programming jobs done.
Currently Weta is working on better ways to archive and organise it so that it can potentially be re-purposed for other projects.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/technology/3672887.stm   (860 words)

 SyFlex - The Cloth Simulator
Weta Digital used SyFlex in the production of Oscar winning and grand film, King Kong, for all digital double shots and a range of other effects, including cloth, fur, flesh and skin...
SyFlex is currently used by several artists at Weta Digital; I would like to apologize to the artists I did not mention.
We had several digital doubles throughout the movie with different costumes, from the most common trousers and jackets to elaborate night gowns.
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 Titanic director to use Weta Digital for next film - 04 Aug 2006 - NZ Herald: Lifestyle News and Reviews from New ...
Weta Digital will produce computer-generated visual effects for Cameron's US$200 million (NZ$322 million) sci-fi epic Avatar, to be released in 2008.
Weta Digital is owned by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk.
Weta Digital spokesman Joe Letteri told the Dominion Post Avatar would require the studio to develop new techniques.
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 Weta Digital - Weta Digital Ltd
Weta Digital Ltd is an Academy Award® winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Weta Digital offers world class visual effects for international feature films and commercials.
Catering for all aspects of cutting-edge digital effects production, Weta Digital provides a total in-house service from conceptual design right through to state of the art 3D animation.
www.wetadigital.com   (0 words)

 Weta Digital
Thank you for your interest in a position at Weta Digital.
In order to be considered for a position at Weta Digital please fill in our online questionnaire.
Please note that you must have feature film experience to be considered for a position at Weta Digital.
www.wetadigital.com /digital/recruitment   (0 words)

 Weta Digital takes shine to Silver Surfer
Noted character actor Doug Jones will provide performance and movement references for Weta, in a process similar to the way Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Weta has developed an advanced computer-generated animation process that employs motion-capture techniques updated to add further dimensionality to the liquid-metal hero.
New Zealand-based Weta is responsible for the "Rings" movies and "King Kong." Fox last worked with Weta on 2004's "I, Robot."
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 TheOneRing.net™ | Scrapbook | Author | WETA Digital
High-Rez TTT Images - Weta Digital/Ringer Spy Marea
WETA Digital's Creations - Weta Digital/Ringer Spy Marea
This site is maintained and updated by fans of The Lord of the Rings, and is in no way affiliated with Tolkien Enterprises or the Tolkien Estate.
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 WetaNZ: The home of Weta Collectibles and Weta Tenzan Chainmaille
We don’t just do effects work for films and television.
Right here you’ll find links to all the latest cool stuff we have going on at Weta, see what to look forward to, what’s available to buy and find out how you can participate.
Come visit our news page to read all the latest updates and become part of our buzzing online community on the forums.
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