FX CREW SCRAMBLES ON RINGS
Teams of graphic and digital artists are working furiously to add
creatures and special effects to Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the
trilogy of movies, E! Online reported. The special-effects house WETA
Digital is cranking into overdrive--a task complicated by the sudden
departure recently of WETA Digital's head, Mark Stetson, the site
The production is scrambling to maintain schedules, and sources told E!
Online that the search has begun for Stetson's replacement.
Several directors of photography are working in the miniatures
tiny replicas of the film sets. Coming up is the filming of the flooding
Isengard in an enormous custom-made studio set. Jackson, meanwhile, is
inside a helicopter, overseeing aerial photography in the mountainous
Island of New Zealand; the Rings crew filmed in a national park in
Queenstown last year, the site reported.
In the meantime, New Line will launch the publicity campaign for the
Rings movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, at the Cannes Film Festival in