Organizers of Italy’s leading computer graphics, digital media and games conference VIEW 2017 have made it known that renowned Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri would present War for the Planet of the Apes at this year’s edition.
At the conference, Letteri will discuss the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind the final film in the trilogy. This wide-ranging talk will not only cover the enhancements of the capture and animation technology, but will also detail the crucial changes introduced with the use of Weta’s Manuka renderer.
The senior visual effects supervisor will also cover the complex simulation work for the big avalanche and battle sequences as well as Weta’s new full environment simulation tool Totara.
At this point it may be known that Letteri’s pioneering work in VFX has earned him four Academy Awards for best visual effects for Avatar, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong.
He has a long-standing interest in creating compelling, realistic creatures from Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs and The Lord of the Ring trilogy’s Gollum to the Na’vi in Avatar and Caesar from the Planet of the Apes franchise.
Among the other techniques that have become industry standards for creating photorealistic digital effects includes co-developing the subsurface scattering technique that brought Gollum to life.
This won an Academy Technical Achievement Award for Lettari in 2004 and pushed the development of large-scale virtual production.
Under Letteri’s leadership, Weta Digital has continued to expand and improve these techniques through films like War for the Planet of the Apes and Luc Besson’s new sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.