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Weta takes HPA gong

Weta Digital has won the Hollywood Post Alliance gong for Outstanding Visual Effects for its work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, having had five of ten nominations in the category in the last two years.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I thought you’d be more hairy. And less blue.

The team of Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Keith Miller and Paul Story were the named nominees on Apes, holding off the team of Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton,
R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Last year, with three of five nominations for Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Weta was pipped by the team behind intended Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

The Hobbit didn’t go entirely unsung last year, with the HPA Awards presenting Park Road Post with a special Judges Award for the High Frame Rate (HFR) technology developed for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In 2012 Park Road won the Outstanding Sound gong for its work on Steven Spielberg’s Peter Jackson-produced The Adventures of Tintin.

The 2014 awards were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday 7 November (NZ time). The winners of the 2014 HPA Awards were:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

Outstanding Color Grading – Television
Reign – Pilot

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial
Doosan Heavy Industries

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film
Captain Phillips

Outstanding Editing – Television
Breaking Bad – Felina

Outstanding Editing – Commercial
Nissan Juke Trigger

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

Outstanding Sound – Television
Toy Story OF TERROR!

Outstanding Sound – Commercial
Honda Europe Inner Beauty

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television
Game of Thrones – The Children

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial
GE Childlike Imagination

The HPA Lifetime Achievement Awards
ACE members Alan Heim and Randy Roberts, for outstanding careers in editing.

The 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards
MACOM: 12G-SDI Chipset
Wohler/Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production
American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL)
DigitalFilm Tree: Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)

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