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'Hobbit' earns first Oscars with technical awards recognition

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Feb 11 2013, 2:03am

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Weta Digital's Simon Clutterbuck, James Jacobs, Dr. Richard Dorling won Oscars Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Most think of film as art form and much is made about those who dazzle at its highest levels, but science has always been a key component to cinema. A group who worked on "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," received early Oscar awards -- for science -- Sunday night. Those who perform such technical innovation rarely get even a sniff of the spotlight but Simon Clutterbuck, Richard Dorling and James Jacobs were recognized for their work bringing Gollum to life, especially for his skin and movement.

The new tech makes Gollum appear more lifelike in an approach the team calls "Tissue: A Physically-Based Character Simulation Framework."

"The framework is used to construct and simulate the anatomical components of our digital creatures and characters," Jacobs, a supervisor for creature special-effects told NBC. (Read the whole article right here.)

Reuters also has a story with details about the Weta Digital winners and others recognized Sunday night.

Congrats to those gentlemen and all of Weta Digital for its mastery of converting Andy Serkis' performance to screen. TheOneRing.net will celebrate the Oscars, including other nominees for work on The Hobbit, in two weeks featuring on stage Beecake with Billy Boyd. Details to buy tickets are right here.

Software brought Gollum's skin to life for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," earning it an Oscar for technology and science

(This post was edited by Silverlode on Feb 11 2013, 8:07am)

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'Hobbit' earns first Oscars with technical awards recognition News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Feb 11 2013, 2:03am
    And well deserved, too! Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Feb 11 2013, 8:09am
    Way Cool!!! / Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Feb 11 2013, 9:09am
    Maybe... Ereinion Nénharma Send a private message to Ereinion Nénharma Feb 11 2013, 10:32am
        As far as I know... TheHutt Send a private message to TheHutt Feb 11 2013, 12:44pm
            Ah... Ereinion Nénharma Send a private message to Ereinion Nénharma Feb 11 2013, 12:47pm
            Sounds like a riddle... FrodoEyes Send a private message to FrodoEyes Feb 11 2013, 6:07pm
            So... did just The Hobbit just win a "bonus" Oscar? // macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 11 2013, 8:04pm
    Great news, Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 11 2013, 12:35pm
    Congrats to Weta Digital! Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 11 2013, 3:19pm
    Congratulations to the geniuses at Weta Digital! Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Feb 11 2013, 3:30pm
    Impressive Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Feb 11 2013, 4:12pm
    Very well deserved TheSexyBeard Send a private message to TheSexyBeard Feb 11 2013, 9:41pm


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