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December 14, 2005

KONG, Kong, kong... pt1

The time has come and past, I caught the 8pm showing of King Kong on opening night with some friends, friends from Tippett, my housemate from Weta, and a slew of others. What can I say... it was great to finally see it up there on the big screen, all 3+ hours of it, whew.

I must admit, it was a bit hard for me to fully emerse myself in the movie, partly because of working on it and curiosity of paticular shots that I was waiting to see completed. So this took me out of the drama a bit, I think the length contributed a smidge to it as well, but god damn, did that gorilla look guuud! I'm still amazed at how well Kong looks.

I really enjoyed the water sequence when the Venture and it's crew start into the fog outside the island, that was a great ride and the start of the fantastic adventure the audience and I were about to take. Also because I saw how difficult those shots were and watched a lot of that sequence progress and finish up while I was there at Weta, it looked great.

I'm truly looking forward to seeing this one again soon, it was a bit of a blur looking back on it now, some what surreal, at times I'd focus on the audiences reactions, like I said I wasn't fully along for the ride but sort of watching it go by. So I think I will save any more commentary until after I see it again this weekend.

I was very excited to see that I made the credits for this epic, and with all the damn compositors up there I nearly missed seeing it!?! (bottom left hand column) :) I couldnt figure how they would leave anyone out of the credits, everyone worked there butts off on this one, and it shows.

A huge congratulations to all of the Weta Digital artists and technicians, and of course the compositors that sent this one home, simply amazing work.

  

Posted by dschnee at December 14, 2005 11:27 PM