Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital – the visual effects house behind the Oscar-winning work on The Lord of the Rings and Avatar – has partnered with software developer Autodesk to release some of their proprietary VFX tools developed in-house for their cinematic work.
Dubbed WetaM, the toolset will be integrated with Maya, Autodesk’s 3D visual effects software, widely used in leading visual effects houses around the world. It will be offered by Weta as a subscription cloud service following a private beta testing program expected to begin in late 2021.
WetaM is the first product to emerge from the newly formed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) division within Weta, as part of the studio’s expansion strategy to offer professional and prosumer tools to artists in the world. entertainment industry.
Weta’s tech team members won 13 Academy Sci-tech Awards for studio tools, which helped Weta artists produce visual effects for films, including The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, as good as Planet of the Apes trilogy, which involved the creation of furry monkeys, focused on capturing performances; and Gemini Man, which prompted the development of a fully CG digital human (Will Smith).
“We are long-time fans of Weta’s remarkable visual effects achievements, and they are constantly innovating by building immersive and imaginary worlds and incredibly real and engaging digital characters,” said Diana Colella, senior vice president of solutions. entertainment and media at Autodesk, in a statement, adding that the toolset “opens up years of Weta’s dedicated animation and VFX R&D resources to all creatives.”