Weta Digital Exec VFX Producer Moran Passes Away

Long-time Weta Digital VFX executive producer Eileen Moran passed away in Wellington, New Zealand last week. She joined Weta from Digital Domain in 2001. Moran was in the hospital and unable to attend the recent world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Nov. 28, on which she served as co-producer.

“Fran and I are terribly upset at the news that we lost Eileen a couple of hours ago,” Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh wrote to the Weta staff on Monday. “She was a lovely, decent person who had great respect for all the artists she worked with. Eileen was so proud of Weta and the work all of you have done over the years. She was fiercely loyal to the company, and to Fran and I personally, and we will always be grateful for her friendship.”

Director James Cameron added, “Eileen was an integral part of building Weta Digital into the most powerful engine for imaginative imagery that ever existed, and she shepherded some of the milestone films of her generation to completion.”

Among Moran’s honors were a Visual Effects Society award for her work in King Kong (2005) and two for Avatar (2009). In 2011, she was nominated for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. Her many credits included the three Lord of the Rings films, Fight Club (1999), Lake Placid (1999), Edtv (1999), I Robot (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Eragon (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), 30 Days of Night (2007), The Water Horse (2007), Jumper (2008), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), District 9 (2009), The Lovely Bones (2009), The A-Team (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) , and Prometheus (2012).

Moran grew up on Long Island and attended the State University of New York at New Paltz. After moving to L.A., she worked for the late director Tony Scott, and eventually wound up at  Digital Domain, where she worked on the famous Budweiser spots that featured digital ants, lizards, and frogs.

Moran is survived by her children, Jack and Ava.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, performance capture, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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