Weta Enters Tech Talk Ring at SIGGRAPH

Leading New Zealand effects companies behind the epic Lord of the Rings saga will come together to present Middle Earth: Imagination Made More Real as part of the Tech Talk series at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference to be held in Los Angles, Calif. Aug 8-12.

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) will host the special panel discussion to be moderated by Dr. Steve Upstill, a recent New Zealand immigrant who helped found Pixar Animation Studios. The panel will include luminaries from Academy Award-winning visual effects facility Weta Digital, software developer Right Hemisphere, Sci-Tech Award-winning software developer Massive, computer interface research lab HIT Lab NZ and several other companies that contributed to the effects work in director Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-winning adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic literary trilogy.

The Tech Talk will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Hall G, Room 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. NZTE will also exhibit at SIGGRAPH, along with Computer Animation Technologies (CAT), Massive Software and Media Design School, at booth No. 1958 throughout the conference.

For more information about the Tech Talk or New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, see www.nzte.govt.nz/section/13318.aspx.