Thursday, February 26, 2009

Now THIS is movie magic!

It sez here that in New Zealand, a woman who had lost her legs as a child has been given an astonishing gift: a prosthetic "tail" like that of a mermaid that allows her to swim.

Apparently she wrote the guys at Weta Workshop, the special effects crew responsible for the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the Narnia series. They decided to do it as a lark--after all, they need to do something between film achievements--and they gave this lady the ability to swim.

Now this is an astounding achievement. I thought it was a silly story until I saw the pics. Those guys at Weta* (the NZ film crew, not the DC public TV station) are truly amazing.

*All this time I thought that "Weta" was, like WETA, an acronym or something. It turns out that the Weta is an six legged 'prehistoric cricket' endemic to NZ only. Ya learn something every day.

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