Alias traveled to New Zealand for the world premiere of The Return of the King and to meet with four of the key players at Weta Digital to find out more about the 3D effects in the third movie. Scott Houston, chief technology officer at Weta Digital; Randall William Cook, animation designer and supervisor; Matt Aitken, digital model supervisor; and Jason Schleifer, senior animator and creature technical director offer up their thoughts on working on three back-to-back movies, their successes, challenges and whats next for Weta.
Good read, and the nice thing is that Maya users will see some of that technology, as the Custom Software division can put forward certain features into the commercial version if arranged.
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