Weta needs little introduction, so it won’t get one here. This showreel, as presented somewhat apologetically by Weta’s Richard Taylor as the opening keynote speaker at AnimfxNZ in Wellington, is a time-capsule of where the movie-magic meisters were “about two and a half years ago”. Strict secrecy surrounds projects which are not yet released—the film version of Maurice Gee’s Kiwi story Under The Mountain, the paradigm-shifting Avatar by James Cameron to name two, but such is the nature of large commercial deals. Enjoy this Weta retrospective.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RryLI8XGTLE
Extra note on Avatar—it will be released in 256 different formats, according to Jeff Okun who is a presenter at AnimfxNZ. These different versions are for different platforms, as well as different languages and different details for specific markets. A bit like a live performance, you may never get to see exactly the same show twice ! The future of film is more different than ever before.