Wētā FX: what you need to know about VFX

Wētā FX: what you need to know about VFX

Posted Monday 11 Jul 2022

The Academy Award-winning Wētā FX employs a stack of fabulous female talent and we're lucky enough to have four of them at this workshop to explain what on-set VFX teams do and how they can help you and your project.

At some point in your career you will likely need to engage with VFX; it will help tremendously if you know  how to make the most of it!

Come and find out...

  • VFX On-Set - who is there and what they’re doing;
  • How On-Set data helps create what you see on screen;
  • Physical reference and experimentation as a foundation for VFX;
  • Trends we’re seeing in VFX.

Along with a Q&A, the talk will provide an overview of VFX as it’s currently practiced and explore how the WIFT and Wētā FX worlds can move closer together.

Facilitated by Janet Sharpe, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager at Wētā FX.


Beck Veitch, Compositing Supervisor at Wētā FX

Iva Lenard, On-Set Reference Photographer at Wētā FX

Lily Lawrence, Visual Effects Producer and Senior Production Manager, Wētā FX

WIFT members free; non members $15 cash; includes drinks and nibbles.

Date: Wednesday 27 July 2022
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Time: 6pm networking for 6:30pm start

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Date: Wednesday 27 Jul 2022
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start


Upcoming events...

Saturday 25 May 2024

Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll including two guest speakers, for our Wellington members!

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.”

While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

He will also be inviting guest speakers Tara Williams’, the Vice President of Production at Original Productions, and Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, to share their wealth of knowledge inside this seminar.

Make the most of this opportunity!

Date: Saturday, 25 May 

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: Massey University, Wellington

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40. Massey Students $10.

 Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.

Book Your Ticket Here.

Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.