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Leonard
01-09-2004, 08:01 AM
Hi everyone!

CGNetworks is proud to present our coverage of the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King! The PDF version is now available - click through to download it.

>> CGNetworks exclusive - LOTR: Return of the King << (http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=1883&page=)


http://www.cgnetworks.com/stories/2004_1/lordofrings/images/header01.jpg
(http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=1883&page=)

UPDATE
The PDF printable version of the article is now online! Click through to the article to download it.

Cheers,

Leo

CGmonkey
01-09-2004, 08:35 AM
Woa.. This'll be awesome!

Wow I love these articles you put out. Love you guys! :thumbsup:

artst
01-09-2004, 08:36 AM
:applause:

Sas.hun
01-09-2004, 08:40 AM
Woooow!

Fantastic articles! :thumbsup:

Thank you!

BiowaX
01-09-2004, 08:43 AM
Rocking article
Until the ext. DVD, this is the holy grail :bounce:

- BiowaX

JZA
01-09-2004, 09:15 AM
That was surely the best article I've read on CGTalk to date. Great stuff guys!!!

tonygib
01-09-2004, 09:26 AM
way cool, downloadable hi-quality PDF's, just like Animation World Network, there needs to be more doing that, well done guys.

s-rajesh78
01-09-2004, 09:46 AM
wow , great new, waiting to d/l the PDF file:)

Garma
01-09-2004, 09:48 AM
thanks leo, very interesting read. At first I was a little afraid it would show too much of how it was made. that'd screw up the experience but it wasn't.

congrats with a rocking article leo :thumbsup:

phoenix
01-09-2004, 10:25 AM
wicked....:) very imprssive

ravivjkumar
01-09-2004, 10:26 AM
hi all,

that is a superb work done by weta , like to see more in king kong


ravi

paulogm
01-09-2004, 10:39 AM
:applause: Great! Great! Great! Extend DVD, yes, yes, my precious!

:bowdown:

elektronaut
01-09-2004, 10:51 AM
merci !!! ... and waitin´ for the pdf ;)

marco.

Gkaine
01-09-2004, 11:12 AM
cgtalk remains to be my #1 source of daily inspiration. reminds me what im working foward to. i duno where id be without cgtalk!
thx for all the great stuff :buttrock:

king21
01-09-2004, 11:36 AM
greeaaaaat

Dj.Kopito
01-09-2004, 01:12 PM
wooow. Its real fantastic....:applause:

PixelShader
01-09-2004, 01:30 PM
This is a really excellent article guys! Keep up the fantastic work!

And to all CGTalkers, tell your friends about CGNetworks and their coverage of ROTK!

Geoff
:thumbsup:

Icarus
01-09-2004, 02:16 PM
O my..

Amazing... One of the best articles to date!

I'd Love to See the Lads from WETA to come to the AEAF in Au :)

chatta
01-09-2004, 02:17 PM
Great article leo on a great, fantastic movie :love:

that is a superb work done by weta:thumbsup: I hope A big 3D Awards to WETA for their work

jussing
01-09-2004, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Garma
At first I was a little afraid it would show too much of how it was made. that'd screw up the experience but it wasn't.:surprised Isn't CGTalk the wrong place to be, if you can have you movie experience "screwed up" by being shown "too much of how it was made"? I personally wanna know every little detail... ;)

Cheers,
- Jonas

mattregnier
01-09-2004, 02:55 PM
Good article, just wish there were some in progress shots with it. All the pics were just movie screen caps :(

pascal_blanche
01-09-2004, 03:52 PM
great interview! oh and btw check this out guys... http://www.theonering.net/staticnews/1072200980.html

it is said that the extended version should be 4h50 long, maybe more.... ehehe

Supervlieg
01-09-2004, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by pascal blanché
great interview! oh and btw check this out guys... http://www.theonering.net/staticnews/1072200980.html

it is said that the extended version should be 4h50 long, maybe more.... ehehe

rahaa, more more more!

And a trailer for the hobbit as hidden feature would be nice as well :P

T Bomb
01-09-2004, 05:57 PM
:eek:

onlooker
01-09-2004, 06:08 PM
That was a great article. I'm very interested in finding a tutorial on the Sub-Surface Scattering technique used to skin Gollum.
Other than that I'm very pleased to know I'll be able to get this in a PDF. Bravo GCNetworks. :thumbsup:

Mahlikus
01-09-2004, 06:38 PM
....speechless......
:love:

FloydBishop
01-09-2004, 07:27 PM
Nice article.

I wouldn't be suprised if this article causes a jump in CGTalk members. Get your servers ready!!

Fin
01-09-2004, 07:37 PM
Nice article!

Those people truly did some great work on LotR.
When I saw RotK and that shot comes up with a closeup on Gollums face while he's asleep, I was like :drool:

:thumbsup:

Qdx
01-09-2004, 08:15 PM
Great read:applause:

Laa-Yosh
01-09-2004, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by onlooker
I'm very interested in finding a tutorial on the Sub-Surface Scattering technique used to skin Gollum.

AFAIK they've used the depth map based technique to do raytracing. See here:
http://zj.deathfall.com/depthbasedTranslucence.htm

daraand
01-09-2004, 09:39 PM
Wicked good article Leo!

Amazing stuff

I feel the important pieces liek Gollum and Shelob were a bit rusehd though.

Heck an entire article on Gollum would be great! Bay Raitt anyone? :)

jugger
01-09-2004, 10:17 PM
whate a reading pleasure.....
:thumbsup:

malducin
01-09-2004, 10:32 PM
All the pics were just movie screen caps

Not at all. Did you miss the Minas Tirith miniature or the blue screen work for the Pelennor Fields.

More photos on the recently released Cinefex issue.

Fantastic article guys. Two thumbs up.

leigh
01-09-2004, 10:41 PM
Great article, I really enjoyed reading it :drool: This will keep me satisfied until the DVD is released, which better have LOADS of behind the scenes stuff :D

PixelShader
01-09-2004, 11:27 PM
Brilliant guys! The article was plugged on the front page of The One Ring!
http://www.theonering.net/

Well done!

Geoff

Teyon
01-10-2004, 12:20 AM
Not directly related to the article but a nice little bit for those intrigued:

The Lord Of The Rings : The Art Of The Return Of The King has been released. ISBN 0618430296 price is around $40US.

squidinc
01-10-2004, 01:49 AM
damn those guys are talented..

great article :thumbsup:


now all I want is a special edition 3 movie box set with 10+ hours of behind the scenes stuff :D

1001 JediNights
01-10-2004, 05:28 AM
So... 400 team members down to 150. I assume the other 250 members are doing pre-work on king kong?

So who exactly made massive? On their website it says that until the public release, Weta and Mill were the only guys that had access to it. It sounds like a third party program, but I was under the impression that it was developed for Lord of the Rings.

facial
01-10-2004, 08:05 AM
Really Coooool. i love this movie very much. :D :D :D
Thank all creators brings out so perfect work!! :bowdown:

PhantomDesign
01-10-2004, 09:37 AM
On the topic of my favorite movies list...

Saw LOTR:ROTK today....AWESOME!!!!

Martix 1, Take 2....uhhh...no I mean spot #2 on my favorites list.

leigh
01-10-2004, 09:48 AM
Originally posted by 1001 JediNights
So... 400 team members down to 150. I assume the other 250 members are doing pre-work on king kong?

Nope, those people have left Weta altogether. Standard practice for film work, you get hired for the duration of that particular production.

So who exactly made massive? On their website it says that until the public release, Weta and Mill were the only guys that had access to it. It sounds like a third party program, but I was under the impression that it was developed for Lord of the Rings.

It was developed by Weta. Incidentally, I don't see any mention of the Mill in the article... :surprised

ninjadodo
01-10-2004, 12:27 PM
The Mill have their own system. They gave a talk at Animex about their work on a documentary about the pyramids. It was very different from Massive.

gathering
01-10-2004, 06:37 PM
:beer:

It's unbelievable what they could achieve with Lightwave and it's renderer at WETA!
They are great wavers for sure!







:buttrock:

squidinc
01-10-2004, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by gathering
:beer:

It's unbelievable what they could achieve with Lightwave and it's renderer at WETA!
They are great wavers for sure!


:buttrock:

eh? I thought they were pretty much maya and mental ray for everything :surprised

malducin
01-10-2004, 08:28 PM
It was developed by Weta. Incidentally, I don't see any mention of the Mill in the article...

No, it was developed by Stephen Regelous when he was hired at Weta, but Weta doesn't own it though they were the exclusive licensees back then. That's why Regelous could sell it and form his software company because he owns it. Same thing happened with Liquid, their own Maya to PRMan translator which was opensourced.

eh? I thought they were pretty much maya and mental ray for everything

Actually it was mostly Maya and PRMan. Even Massive spits out RIBs.

DSedov
01-10-2004, 08:44 PM
Great article!!! Good addition to the article at Cinefx.

The_Manipulator
01-11-2004, 01:50 PM
WOW! :thumbsup: :applause: :bowdown:

AMAZING article!!!! :love:

Really good!!

moroten
01-11-2004, 03:12 PM
In-depth articles like this make the almost unfathomable achievement of RotK even more awesome. I hadn't begun to understand the full scope of this mindblowing milestone in cinematography until now. Thank you so much cgnetworks. Weta puts the Hollywood f/x houses to shame! :thumbsup:

-Daniel

Saya Tang
01-11-2004, 03:48 PM
:love: :drool:

malcolmvexxed
01-12-2004, 02:18 AM
great article for a very disappointing movie with poor storytelling and a lot of effects that detached you from the characters

DoLeeP
01-12-2004, 05:52 AM
:thumbsup:

DoctorStopMo
01-13-2004, 12:01 AM
Superb article! I just watched ROTK again not one hour ago...all those Mumakil scenes still amaze me :).

sonix
01-13-2004, 06:40 AM
Fantastic piece. It makes a nice change to read one of these excellent specials that's longer than three pages.

Sonix.

RompaGompa
01-13-2004, 07:44 AM
Hi,
I'd like to know if the downloadable pdf of the article is available? I'd appreciate if someone can gimme the url/link for download.

Thanks.

Fred Heys
01-13-2004, 08:53 AM
Nice but get cinefex ROTK edition for an insane amount of info on the subject....and many interviews

PixelShader
01-13-2004, 09:04 AM
Originally posted by Fred Heys
Nice but get cinefex ROTK edition for an insane amount of info on the subject....and many interviews

Big diff...you actually have to *pay* for Cinefex. CGNetworks gives us all the best content for free :)

Then again, you could just head on to Borders, buy a coffee, read Cinefex then dump it... :)

Geoff

SuperMax
01-13-2004, 01:05 PM
can we have a "Making of the Sound Effects" for Return of the King?

Miss Hippo
01-13-2004, 02:47 PM
ho my gosh! wow....nice! i m speechless. i m never bored with stuff in this site...there is always something new...keep it up! lover the article! wow!

Fred Heys
01-13-2004, 03:29 PM
well the other big difference is that you get like 85 pages of content in cinefex and lots of pretty little pictures...however that sitting around in borders idea is a a stroke of genius, but unfortunately that shop doesnt exist here, nor does starbucks mind you...and granted you pay a price for the printed pages but its really the kind of mag you keep for a while....;)

ken0
01-13-2004, 05:36 PM
very very good article:thumbsup:



What about that pdf version. Will we have it or not?!!!

PixelShader
01-13-2004, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by ken0
very very good article:thumbsup:



What about that pdf version. Will we have it or not?!!!

Be patient Keno! I'm sure they have a lot of other things on their plate and will get the PDF out soon.

Geoff

kicit
01-15-2004, 04:11 PM
:beer:
My favourite Lord Of The Ring~!!!
Hope can know more about the FX on that....
:bounce:

Neil
01-15-2004, 07:18 PM
Still plugged? :surprised

Leonard
01-15-2004, 10:37 PM
Nothing else has pushed it off the front page yet.

L.

leigh
01-15-2004, 10:58 PM
Believe me... I'm looking for new plugs... :argh:

Neil
01-16-2004, 01:09 AM
Haha, you should plug those sidewalk chalk drawings that LilDragon posted (i'm not saying he did it).
Those were amazing.

I think anything interesting should be considered for a plug.
Oops, sorry to take this OT.

Cararan
01-16-2004, 10:41 AM
This should be great. :buttrock:

anti-shock
01-16-2004, 03:28 PM
PDF version is awsome!:buttrock:

FUG1T1VE
01-16-2004, 05:28 PM
Thank you mods. The PDF version rocks...:thumbsup:

ken0
01-16-2004, 08:37 PM
Finaly got the pdf. thank ya guys!

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