Network Appliance Chosen for <i>The Two Towers</i>
Sunnyvale, CA - December 18, 2002 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (Nasdaq:NTAP) has provided Wellington, New
Zealand-based Weta Digital Effects powerful NetApp storage
solutions used in the making of New Line Cinema's The Two
Towers, the sequel to the Academy Award® winning film
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The
three-film production is based on J.R.R Tolkien's popular
Directed by Peter Jackson, the trilogy represents an unprecedented
undertaking-three films made simultaneously over a year and a half
of production. The first film in the trilogy, The Lord of the
Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was released December 19,
2001 to widespread critical acclaim and was the recipient of four
The entire trilogy has been shot completely in New Zealand and Weta
Limited's Weta Digital Effects and Weta Workshop divisions have
been responsible for the special effects. To support this vital
undertaking, Weta Digital Effects has deployed NetApp storage
"This three-year project called for state-of-the-art storage
capability and, especially, scalability and speed of data delivery
that we found only NetApp could provide," said Scott Houston,
Weta's chief information officer. "We have scanned millions of
images for the films and these are being worked on by our 143
graphic artists. The images have to be scanned and stored for
manipulation and with a single frame representing anything up to 12
megabytes, we are talking about a lot of storage."
Houston further stated, "Everything we use the NetApp solution for
is absolutely mission-critical and the NetApp deployment in our
server-centric SGI® and Mac® environment has been a
Michael Burnie, managing director for Network Appliance Australia
and New Zealand, noted, "We were delighted to be chosen to supply
the storage solution for this fascinating and very high-profile
production. Coincidentally, NetApp is also where the data is stored
for www.lordoftherings.net, which Weta tells us continues to be
among the most visited Web sites of all time."
Burnie praised Infinity Solutions, his company's New Zealand
distributor, for its strong support in the winning of the business
and the installation of the NetApp storage systems. He stated,
"They are great to work with and I look forward to our two
organizations continuing to cooperate in this way."
Weta was founded in 1993. Weta Workshop produced creature designs,
miniatures, armor, prosthetics, and interactive animatronics for
the shoot while Weta Digital Effects is providing innovative
digital effects for compositing with live action footage. Together,
the two divisions have produced fantastical characters, creatures,
and environments for Tolkien's fabled Middle Earth.
Cinemagoers will have seen Weta's work in the disturbing makeup
effects for Once Were Warriors, while television viewers
will know the company from the Hercules and Xena:
Warrior Princess series.
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