As the Weta Digital VFX supervisors donned on their tuxedos for the 82nd Academy Awards at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre in LA today, the rest of us Weta Digital crew attended own red carpet event at a venue on the Wellington waterfront in New Zealand. Finally the moment had come for us to see true recognition, that the years of long hours & hard work had paid off as Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones made their way up to the podium to accept the Visual Effects Oscar for Avatar.
During my time at Weta, Avatar is the third film that I’ve worked on which has won the Visual Effects Oscar, the previous two films being King Kong & Lord of the Rings – Return of the King. I must say that of the three films, Avatar was certainly the most challenging film to work on, but I am certainly proud to have been a part of it. The hard work from all of the Weta Digital crew has certainly contributed to Avatar’s box office success, multiple Visual Effect Society Awards, a Special Visual Effects Bafta Award & now the Visual Effects Oscar.
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones receiving the Visual Effects Oscar for Avatar.