apcmag.com: Tech wizardry (More on the Lord of the Rings visual effects team)Jan 26, 2002, 02:29 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Maher)
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"Massive's job on The Lord of the Rings is to animate battle scenes with thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of fighters. The amazing thing is that the creatures on the screen have a "brain" -- they're not dumb models, like most animations. Each figure is like a computer game character with instructions about where to run and who to attack. Animators get to click the mouse and watch the action unfold.
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