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An ideal continuation of the presentation “VFX Tool Development at Weta Digital”. We will look more in depth at problems related to the conceptualization and development of tools and their deployment in a production environment. In particular we will look at the development of Barbershop, Weta Digital’s proprietary tool for fur and hair. Time allowing, we will look at some other tools developed at Weta. Weta Digital (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Marco Revelant has over 15 years experience in the visual effects industry. He joined Weta Digital as a Senior Modeller in 2003 for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Highlights for Marco include working for three years on James Cameron’s Avatar, supervising the creation of the entire digital assets library for the film and being one of only three artists who handled the grooms for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Marco has been heavily involved in the creation of Weta Digital’s proprietary groom system Barbershop, which has been used for blockbuster movies including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tintin, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Hobbit trilogy—earning Marco a prestigious Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.