“AVATAR” VISUAL EFFECTS NOMINEE ON ITS ADVANCES

3 Feb

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Joe Letteri (“Avatar”), a veteran visual effects artist who worked at George Lucas‘s Industrial Light and Magic for 10 years before joining Peter Jackson‘s WETA Digital in 2001 and becoming its director in 2007, received his fifth Oscar nomination for best visual effects (shared with collaborators Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones) on Tuesday for his work on the critical and commercial hit “Avatar.”

Yesterday afternoon, the 52-year-old — who has also worked on many of the other top visual effects showcases of the past quarter-century, including “The Abyss” (1989), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002), “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), “I, Robot” (2004), “King Kong” (2005), and “The Lovely Bones” (2009) — was kind enough to take a few minutes to speak with me about his profession and accomplishments, as you can hear by clicking on the links below…

Photo: A scene from “Avatar.” Credit: 20th Century Fox.

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