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November 30, 2005

Kong Goodies as of Late...

Since I've been on vacation with out much internet access, and my last week at Weta didn't leave me much time to update, here are a few tidbits of kong goodies to catch up with...

Cinefex has an Online Exclusive with Peter Jackson on King Kong

Here are a few TV Spots:

:30 "Tremble"
:30 "Unknown"
:60 "Unknown"

And feast on the latest Production Diary - 3 Weeks To Go which includes bits from our end, the compositing. Finaly! Should be interesting to see if they continue the production diaries right up until the release...

and WOW, my housemate was watching the tv ads between his show "LOST" and I just saw my first Kong shot in a new TV Spot on the tele, Sahweeet! A few frames of Kong landing on the natives wall, you see him grab onto a ledge and pull himself up, a nice shot of this silverback. Once I find this new TV Spot I'll post it up here!

Posted by dschnee at 7:11 AM

November 24, 2005

She Said Yes!

On our second night in Fiji I had arranged for a romantic evening to my lovley girlfriends surprise and it was on this night I popped the question. During a warm summer evening Fijian breeze (ok with a bit of a tropical storm mixed in), a bit of rain, under candle light, amongst a beautiful arrangement of tropical flowers and plants just near the beach and ocean, just before we toasted champagne and enjoyed some good food, She Said Yes!!!

Posted by dschnee at 8:09 AM

November 19, 2005

End of Days

...what feels over before it began, here it is my final day at Weta... 2 Shots left, one big one, and the other tossed at me a day ago which I will do a bit more on then pass it off to focus on getting my big shot out the door by tonight.

It's defenately bittersweet... It was the last day for 4 compositors including myself. I was hoping to get out of there in the early afternoon, but alas I needed to wait on some final rockstar TD renders from Michael Grobe which had me waiting until later in the night... This did give me time to say my good-bye's and gather my things before I leave the shop for the last time. Putting in over 100 hours the last few weeks doesn't leave much time to stop and clean up and sort everything for departure, so it was a fairly stress free evening once I got my final TD renders in the comp. Cooked it on the renderwall and off to show George Murphy our shot. Just a couple of final tweaks (for the dvd crowd) and I was home free! Just needs the PJ Approval tomorrow morning in Film.

There is still 8 more days left for the digital crew as the drop dead is November 27th, so I felt bad leaving a week before kong wraps... but I couldn't help it with my travel plans as my girlfriend flies into Wellington tomorrow morning... they tried to convince me to bring her to work the next couple of days though... ;)

Whats next? a solid week of travels through the north island of New Zealand, off to Fiji for a few nights, then back to New Zealand for a short stint, then it's back to the states for some more R+R.

Posted by dschnee at 7:08 AM

November 13, 2005

Into my final week...

It's sunday night an hour before my last week here at Weta Digital... and this last month has completley flown by. I put in 102 hours last week with 96 hours prior to that one... but I'm having a great time finishing the work I have left, all of which have the monkey in them.

I'm thriving off of excitment from a number of sources, mostly coming from flying my girlfriend Rebecca over here to New Zealand where we get to travel the North Island and Fiji together! We've been apart for about 3 months now, and it's been hard, but we are both greatly looking forward to this. We can't wait! On top of that it's the work, I'm really enjoying these last few shots, but I'm also looking forward to not working 100 hour weeks, excited to see King Kong in the cinema, excited to get back home, back with family and friends, excited to travel and relax and have a moment to catch up and look back at my experience over here.

BONUS: everyone received a small crew gift yesterday, that being the Official US King Kong Teaser Poster! Kool.

Posted by dschnee at 11:05 PM

November 5, 2005

Monthlies + The Kong Trailer

Final Monthlies?

We are under a month to go, and last night we had monthlies, huge respect to the people that bring this together, mainly editorial who slave over entertaining us with around 40 minutes of finals from the past month, the work is simply jaw dropping, Kong looks amazing, and it's a blast to see the sequences cut to perfect selections of music. A number of people also walked out with a few tears (and this isn't even how we'd see it ini the film)... as beauty killed the beast...

wow, what a great experience it's been to be here, I'm so happy to be even such a small part of this project... It's because of nights like these that I realize why I'm over here, doing what I love, such a boost to take a step back and truly see why we are putting in all these long hours, it's priceless.

On that note, check out the trailer below:

This thing speaks for itself... (so they show a bit too much), that aside, how can you not be energized to see this movie? The end as kong leaps up to swipe at the plane, ahhhh freaking great! I like that they are playing the dramatic level of this monkey movie as well.

Posted by dschnee at 12:10 AM

November 3, 2005

A Look Inside: King Kong

GO Take A Look Inside: King Kong

Triple Academy Award winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) directs the dramatic adventure King Kong, bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate.



Posted by dschnee at 7:37 AM