AEAF Sneaks Kong in Sydney

The 11th annual Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) will feature a special sneak preview of Peter Jackson’s eagerly awaited remake of King Kong at the Sydney Convention Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. The film will be unleashed on cinemas worldwide on Dec. 14.

Australian vfx Supervisor Ben Snow will open the Festival with detailed insight into the making of Kong, a CG-laden update of the classic 1933 monster movie directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, and featuring stop-motion animation effects by Willis O’Brien.

Snow joined the vfx masters at Jackson’s Weta Digital (New Zealand) in October 2004. He previously worked for Industrial Light & Magic, where he played a leading role in research and development for such blockbuster films as Pearl Harbor, The Mummy, Deep Impact and Twister. In 2002, he was made visual effects supervisor on Star Wars: Episode II’Attack of the Clones, for which he was received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects (his first was for Pearl Harbor).

In addition to the Kong preview, this year’s Australian Effects & Animation Festival (Dec. 6-8) boasts presentations on the making of Disney/Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Warner Bros.’ Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, 20th Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode III’Revenge of the Sith and more.