VFX geeks, get a load of this! This visual effects breakdown video reveals how Weta Digital, the five-time Oscar winning visual effects team from New Zealand, brought Tolkien's visions to life in Peter Jackson's epic fantasy-adventure The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The crew at Weta:
"Middle-earth is a fantastical world of imagined landscapes and many incredible digital creatures. We completed almost 2000 VFX shots for the film, encompassing hero digital performance work, large scale water and fire simulations, complex digital environments, digital doubles of a large cast, and extensive creature work. Take a glimpse at the invention, artistry and innovation that the artists at Weta Digital used to make it all come together in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second installment of the three part Hobbit series, directed by kiwi Peter Jackson. The epic movie is out soon on dvd and blu-ray if you haven't caught it in theaters.