At yesterday’s New York City press day for The Hobbit, I was able to sit down with Weta Digital’s Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri for an extended video interview. While Weta is currently hard at work on the next two Hobbit films, they’re also working on a few other high profile projects. Towards the end of our interview, I got a few updates on Weta’s work for Man of Steel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, and the Avatar sequels. As you might imagine, the updates on the projects are focused on the visual effects, but if you’re a movie nerd like me, it’s always cool to hear how they’re working to make the effects look even better and what scenes Weta is working on. Hit the jump to watch.
For more on what Weta has worked on, here’s their full resume.
Joe Letteri Time Index:
- :08 Gives update on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and talks the future of performance capture technology.
- 2:08 Talks about juggling multiple projects at the same time. Says they have visual effects supervisors that head up each project on their own.
- 3:48 Talks about working on Man of Steel and tackling an iconic character. Says Weta is only working on the early portions of the film.
- 4:38 Talks about looking forward to working on Man of Steel.
- 5:03 Gives an update on the Avatar sequels. Says they’ve been keeping them on a slow burn, working on upgrading the performance capture technology and visual effects for when Cameron comes to them with the complete story.
- 6:38 Talks about the films they’re working on right now. Says they’re involved with Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine.
- 7:18 Speaks about the challenge of crafting the armor for Iron Man 3.
Peruse all of our recent coverage of The Hobbit below:
- Dave’s review of the film.
- First image from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- First image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again
- Steve’s set visit round-up and 70 things to know.
- Peter Jackson on-set interview.
- Ian McKellan on-set interview.
- Martin Freeman on-set interview.
- Richard Armitage on-set interview.
- Weta Workshop head Richard Taylor on-set interview.
- 6 clips from the film.
- 20-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.