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The Visual Effects of "Avengers: Endgame"

Dan DeLeeuw (Marvel), Matt Aitken (Weta Digital)

The course of events set in motion by Thanos concludes in Avengers: Endgame. Join us as we discuss visual effects planning in pre-production, the complexities of live action photography, and the execution of shots in post production.

Dan DeLeeuw

Dan DeLeeuw, VFX Supervisor, Marvel Studios

Matt Aitken

Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital,

Matt is one of Weta Digital’s most experienced Visual Effects Supervisors. He has recently finished supervising Weta Digital’s work on Avengers: Infinity War and is currently supervising Avengers: Endgame.  

Matt’s other projects as Visual Effects Supervisor include District 9, The Adventures of Tintin, Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, Iron Man 3 and all three films in The Hobbit trilogy.  

Matt has worked at Weta Digital since the early days of the company. He was Digital Models Supervisor on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, pre-production / R&D Supervisor for King Kong, and CG Supervisor for Avatar.

Matt was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and the BAFTA Film Award for Best Special Visual Effects, both for District 9. He has won multiple Visual Effects Society Awards including Outstanding Visual Effects for his work on Avengers: Infinity War.   Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Science in Computer Graphics from Middlesex University, London.  

He has had technical papers published by Eurographics and Graphite and has given presentations on Weta Digital’s work at many conferences and festivals including SIGGRAPH, FMX, the Australian Effects and Animation Festival, Imagina, the London Effects and Animation Festival, and AnimfxNZ.  

Matt is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Visual Effects Society.

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 its culture of creativity and innovation. From Gollum to Caesar, Middle-earth to Pandora, the studio has created some of the most memorable characters and worlds of the last twenty five years.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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