2020 CONFERENCE

Digital Humans

Likeness – What It Means To Be You

Guy Williams – VFX Supervisor – Weta Digital 

Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Guy Williams will share insights from the year he spent creating a 23-year-old Will Smith for last year’s Gemini Man. Ranging from the technical to the perceptual and emotional, the challenges of pursuing such a high standard of human representation are revealing for everyone engaged in this work. Guy’s experiences are relevant not only for digital human performances in film, but for any digital avatar built for human connection.

Personal Profile
Guy Williams – VFX Supervisor – Weta Digital 
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Guy has over twenty years experience in the visual effects industry and specialises in photo-real effects and creatures for live action film.
He came to New Zealand in 1999 to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since that time he has been Visual Effects Supervisor on Avatar, X-Men: First Class, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as The Avengers and Iron Man 3, both of which earned him Academy® Award nominations for Best Visual Effects.
In his role as Visual Effects Supervisor, Guy has taken on the many facets the role requires including managing the pre-production, look development and pipeline setup phases to onset supervision and finally to post production and shot completion. He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Guy’s more recent films include Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He has recently completed supervising Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, which involved the creation of Junior—a completely digital character based on the real Will Smith at 23 years old.

Company Presentation
Weta Digital

Weta Digital is one of the world’s premier visual effects companies. Led by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri, Weta Digital is known for uncompromising creativity and a commitment to developing innovative technology. Groundbreaking performance-driven digital characters like Smaug, Gollum, Kong, Neytiri, and Caesar (from The Planet of the Apes) are widely acknowledged as some of the best digital characters ever put on screen. Weta’s development of revolutionary virtual production workflows for Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, and the Hobbit trilogy has firmly integrated digital production techniques into modern film production.

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