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Weta Digital: managing complexity on War for the Planet of the Apes

©2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

A behind-the-scenes look at Weta’ s use of templating and deep compositing 

With six Academy Awards to their name, Weta Digital know a thing or two about creating stunning visual effects. 

The accolades they’ve won are down in no small part to the absolute realism and detail the studio strives for.

As Luke Millar, VFX supervisor at Weta Digital explains: “Everything we put on the screen has been considered, and always anchored back into the world with which everyone is familiar.”

Working at such a fine grained level of detail on a project at the scale of War for the Planet of the Apes creates tremendous challenges in balancing efficiency with maintaining creative intent. 

Weta’s strong VFX pipeline and technology team was key to tackling these challenges, in particular through their development of templating tools and extensive use of deep compositing in Nuke. 




When we’re dealing with so many elements in depth, without deep compositing, trying to piece those frames together would be a nightmare. I’d probably cry.

Luke Millar,  VFX supervisor at Weta Digital

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