The Tech Wizards at the WETA Digital Lab in New Zealand
Creating Oscar-winning visual effects for 'Avatar': Doing what had never been done before
Like it or not, the motion picture Avatar has brought us to a new juncture in movie history. For the first time ever, the “Best Picture” Oscar may go to a movie whose main characters, plants, animals, vehicles, and landscapes did not exist except as ones and zeroes in a computer.
To understand the leap in visual technology Avatar brings to your movie screen, Sebastain Sylwan says its useful to look back at the "dark ages" of special effects - even if they were just a few short years ago.