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Behind the Scenes-"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Animation & Effects

December 13, 2014

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Some people watch the end credits of a film hoping to find an Easter egg or final “secret” comedy clip. But for those truly dedicated to the art and craft of visual effects, animation, and motion graphics, staying until the end has a different purpose. They stay to pay homage to the hundreds of behind-the-scenes artists whose creative work brings movies to life.

The team behind "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" includes Dave Preciado and Chris van Dyck, both graduates of The Art Institutes system of schools. Both have worked on multiple movies in The Hobbit franchise, and relocated to New Zealand for the opportunity to create for famed Weta Digital.

Dave and Chris give insight into their busy work lives—including 90 hour work weeks—in their Q&As that cover everything from the realization that 10,500 frames of compositing work equals 3.5 minutes of screen time to the unique colloquialisms of New Zealand.

Dave Preciado, Motion Editor on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Dave earned an Associate of Science in Computer Animation from The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles in 2000.

Chris van Dyck, Compositor on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Chris earned a Visual Effects & Digital Animation Diploma from The Art Institute of VancouverBurnaby in 2004.


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By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Animation & Effects

December 13, 2014

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