fxpodcast #268: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

With the recent release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Mike Seymour chats to key members of the Weta Digital team responsible for the film's visual effects. Hear from Joe Letteri (senior visual effects supervisor), Eric Saindon (visual effects supervisor), Dave Clayton (animation supervisor) and Eric Reynolds (animation supervisor) as they discuss the dragon Smaug, spiders, the barrel sequence and more.


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  • Some amazing points in comp and how they use deep compositing. I’ve learned about deep but have been afraid to take it on in a project, i think i may just have to start if i hope to one day work for WETA. Very nice to know and how they render their layers. I hate rendering lights in layers so its good that they share that same sentiment.

    great overall pcast!