‘Avatar’ VFX Wiz Letteri Compares ‘Apes’ and ‘Tintin,’ Caesar and Haddock

It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category. Both are riding the crest of a new virtual production revolution and powered by the same innovative technology leveraged by "Avatar."

Yet whereas "Apes" is hailed by the industry for transforming Andy Serkis into a CG simian sensation worthy of Oscar recognition in some quarters, "Tintin," which co-stars Serkis as the scene-stealing Captain Haddock, has been criticized by traditionalists for entering the Uncanny Valley of dead-eyed zombies with its performance-captured animation.

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