'Life of Pi' FX director to supervise visuals in Warcraft movie

Developments on the Warcraft movie front keep getting more interesting. First, we find out that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones would be would be taking over for Sam Raimi. Now we hear that the man behind the Academy Award winning visual effects team for Life of Pi will be directing the effects in the world of Azeroth.

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Developments on the Warcraft movie front keep getting more interesting. First, we find out that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones would be taking over for Sam Raimi. Now we hear that the man behind the Academy Award winning visual effects team for Life of Pi will be directing the effects in the world of Azeroth.

"Had my first meeting with the VFX Director on the film. We are in good hands. Welcome aboard Bill Westenhofer! #wowfilm," read a tweet from Nick Carpenter, Blizzard's VP of art and cinematic development (via Kotaku). Westenhofer led the creative team at Rhythm and Hues for Ang Lee's Oscar winner this year, and his team also won the VFX Academy Award in 2008 for The Golden Compass.

And if you are going to have someone outside of Blizzard handle visual effects for a Warcraft movie, it helps that they know about the lore and the games.

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    April 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, 'Life of Pi' FX director to supervise visuals in Warcraft movie.

    Developments on the Warcraft movie front keep getting more interesting. First, we find out that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones would be would be taking over for Sam Raimi. Now we hear that the man behind the Academy Award winning visual effects team for Life of Pi will be directing the effects in the world of Azeroth.

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      April 26, 2013 9:22 AM

      Didn't know this movie is still alive.

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      April 26, 2013 10:05 AM

      This is like the Duke Nukem of Movies.

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      April 26, 2013 10:15 AM

      Wasn't there a huge fallout regarding the academy award winning visual effects team for Life of Pi?

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        April 26, 2013 10:22 AM

        I heard all the artists and whatnot worked a ton of overtime and got screwed on it, or not paid at all for some of the work, and the FX studio itself went out of business immediately after finishing the work.

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          April 26, 2013 11:13 AM

          I thought it was managements poor investments that sunk the studio? That and they failed to compete because of cheaper studios from around the world

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            April 26, 2013 2:47 PM

            The entire US/Canadian special effects industry is undergoing really hard times. Most of them already work on thin margins. I think the nearly back to back loss of two larger projects is what killed Rhythm & Hues.

            Those that are limping along are slashing their R&D sections which means they won't likely remain technically competitive much longer.

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              April 26, 2013 4:28 PM

              A friend of mine who as of last week was still on the skeleton crew that is now Rhythm & Hues, said that a big part of the problem is tax subsidies provided to their competitors. I believe he mentioned that Vancouver had really made it tough for them to compete.

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                April 26, 2013 8:09 PM

                Vancouver, BC has been a go to since the 90's

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                April 26, 2013 8:14 PM

                Why don't they pack up and well.. move to Vancouver?

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                April 26, 2013 10:45 PM

                From what I've heard, they've been bleeding less slowly, but are still bleeding. Difficult to compete with companies in Asia with no R&D and where cost of living is dramatically lower.

                So they're basically sapping all the "cheap" projects, and the companies over in North America are left only with the big projects where if one falls through, it's a big injury.

                Granted, most of what I've heard was over alcohol, so...

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      April 26, 2013 11:03 AM

      This movie will come out just in time for not one person to care.

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        April 26, 2013 11:10 AM

        Do people care now?

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          April 26, 2013 11:15 AM

          I think it's pretty ignorant to pretend nobody plays or cares about Warcraft right now. The candle may be burned out for a good bunch of people, but it's certainly not the case for everyone.

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            April 26, 2013 11:20 AM

            About the movie? I'm sure there are totally people lining up now in anticipation to get tickets to the midnight showing of the World of Warcraft movie.

            I don't deny that people still play and care about the game, but does that majority people really give a shit about a live action WoW movie? Probably not.

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              April 26, 2013 2:15 PM

              Course they do. Why wouldn't you care about a movie about the game you've played for the last eight years?

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                April 26, 2013 2:52 PM

                Because I'd rather not see them royally fuck something up that I might care about? Name me one game to movie adaption that hasn't sent long time fans of the game/series into a fury of rage? This will be 10 fold with WoW players who care about the lore (of which, I am actually one).

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                  April 26, 2013 4:49 PM

                  It's true that video game movies are generally terrible but so are long time fans of a game/series. They tend to react ridiculously to anything new.

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                  April 27, 2013 12:29 AM

                  I am sure they will treat the Kung fu pandas with the respect and care they deserve.

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      April 26, 2013 2:43 PM

      This movie is never going to happen.

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        April 26, 2013 4:54 PM

        duncan jones is on track to become the next christopher nolan

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          April 26, 2013 8:32 PM

          Source Code was pretty forgettable. /shrug