Kathleen Kennedy and Joe Letteri make big actioners, but the PGA’s Digital 25 event Tuesday featuring the producer and vfx guru was an intimate affair at the Soho House in West Hollywood. Guests gathered for cocktails, clips and conversations about digital storytelling in the club’s screening room.
Weta Digital’s Letteri started the evening with a presentation detailing the evolution of vfx, starting with “The Lord of the Rings.” Showing behind-the-scenes footage of earlier flawed techniques, he noted, “This was before I got there.”
When the featured guests sat down for a chat with Variety’s David Cohen, Kennedy joked about the intricately layered process outlined by Letteri, saying, “I thought that looked really simple.”
The discussion primarily focused on the possibilities of digital storytelling, but Kennedy recalled an awkward moment for Daniel Craig on the set of “Tintin.”
“Clint Eastwood walked onto the set, and (Daniel’s) in this blue suit with dots on his face,” she said. “I thought Daniel was going to die.”