View Full Version : The Day the Earth Stood Still :: Production Focus

12 December 2008, 10:13 AM
Hey there,

Jeff Okun took the job of working out the look of the sphere in 'The Earth Stood Still'. While thoroughly admitting to making life hell for the crew while trying to snag the right look, the proof of the Weta work sits on the screen, and it looks pretty convincing.

Have a read of Jeff's story about the indepth theoretical research they put into creating this amazing presence. Click, read, DIGG and comment. (

12 December 2008, 02:18 PM
Hi, thanks for sharing this, it is always interesting to hear whats going on behind the scenes, the guys at Weta always pushing the limits...

12 December 2008, 03:49 PM
Didn't know Weta did the effects :) Hadn't heard of them in a while, had kind of forgotten about them (hurry up with the hobbit! :D). From what I saw in the trailer, the CG was typical Weta (gorgeous).

12 December 2008, 10:23 PM
I'm just in love with that truck sequence, not surprising to hear that they used Houdini for that :drool:

12 December 2008, 07:49 AM
I have not watched the movie yet but I sure know I want to watch it now just for the visual effects because it is Weta that made them. It will be interesting for me to see one their latest work, especially before my very hyped movie Avatar.

12 December 2008, 10:54 AM
I've just watched the movie~! Cool VFX but not very variety. Anyway, the grphic is amazing~

12 December 2008, 06:13 PM
i watched this moview last light. some pretty cool vfx but story wise one of the worst film ever :surprised

12 December 2008, 09:31 AM
I had seen the film !

12 December 2008, 11:56 PM
I thought the composting was terrible.

Weta's weak link seems to be compositing. Fellowship and King Kong both had really weak integration of live action actors on CG backgrounds. The gamma is always off and the camera gets too off-axis from the live action plate.

The pure CG stuff looked great, tho.

01 January 2009, 07:25 AM
I loved the the movie and making of that .I truley appreciate WETA DIGITAL VFX supervisor 4 giving us sucha a great movie.

Gentle Fury
01 January 2009, 10:00 PM
I haven't seen this, but it looks like there is some pinching at the poles on the texture on that last image in the article. Seems odd that it is so definitely just a textured sphere.

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