Global leader: Tom Greally, general manager
Core activity: Visual effects production
Revenue: Not disclosed
Key customers: 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and others
Employees: 600 plus
Weta Digital caters to the North American film market for outstanding visual effects having received five Academy Awards, the most recent being for its work on Avatar.
Work on that film’s visual effects was conducted on computers at Weta Digital, including the Hewlett Packard Cluster Platform 3000BL, which runs on Linux operating system. This computer was ranked number 279 in a list of the world’s fastest computers in June this year. Weta Digital is also home to the world’s 280th, 281st, 282nd, 283rd and 413th fastest computers. It is the only company here to have made the list.
Recent technological advances for Weta Digital include new software and a production pipeline that allowed Avatar to be filmed and delivered in 3D, while using a new camera system and shooting on a virtual stage.
Weta Digital is actively hiring for a number of roles, amongst them several software development positions, an animator, production engineers, computer graphics developers and many more. Weta Digital’s team is made up of technical and creative specialists from more than 35 countries.
In the coming months, Weta Digital will be heavily focusing on the film The Hobbit, following the controversial deal made in late October between the standing National Government and Warner Bros Studios, guaranteeing the film will be kept in New Zealand.
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