World of Warcraft
are everywhere. They’re in your local grocery store, sitting
next to you on an airplane, even playing football for your favorite
, but it isn’t very often that we hear about a
winning an Oscar. However, just a few short days ago, Ten Ton Hammer
heard about an individual who did just that
. His name is Steve
and while he may not be Brad Pitt, he did win an Oscar for visual
effects in The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button
. After his star treatment at the
Oscars award show, Steve was kind enough to sit down with Ten Ton
Hammer and talk about his career along with some World of Warcraft
Ten Ton Hammer:
Congratulations on the Oscar! That’s a pretty big
achievement. Is that your first?
character supervisor for Benjmain Button and avid WoW player
Thanks! Yeah, it’s my first one.
Ten Ton Hammer: Can you
tell us a bit more about what you worked on in The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button? You were the character designer?
was officially called a “character supervisor” on
the show. I was essentially responsible for delivering the character to
lighting. So I dealt with rigging and animation and overseeing the
modeling to make sure all the models were good and proofing all the
tracks. Basically it was everything you need to do to get the animated
model into the lighting department. That also meant I got to put my two
cents in on lighting, even when they didn’t want to hear it.
Ten Ton Hammer: Before
Benjamin Button you worked on Lord
of the Rings. That’s a
pretty big “geek” movie. Was it as thrilling to
work on those movies as I imagine?
actually didn’t work on the first one, so I got to see the
quality of the first film before flying down to New Zealand. I was
there for the second and the third movies, and it was definitely a
great film project to work on. Unfortunately it was a lot of hours and
I didn’t get to see New Zealand that much.
But at the time, World
wasn’t out yet, so I had
the time to stay and work on the project.