Gareth on cloud nine after Kong’s Oscar win

A LIMERICK-BORN technical expert was part of the team which won an Oscar for the special effects on the film King Kong.

Gareth Dinneen from Gouldavoher, who now lives in Los Angeles, was literally up in the clouds with the news.

“I was mid-way flying from New York to Los Angeles on Sunday when I got the news on the inflight TV system. It was great news.”

Gareth was one of the special effect technical experts employed by WETA Digital when King Kong was being filmed in New Zealand.

Gareth, son rugby commentator Len, said: “I am very proud to have been part of this. I always knew it would be a big one. It is fantastic that a company like WETA, based out there, can be acknowledged by the movie making elite in Hollywood.”

Gareth, aged 33, spent six months working on the film as a digital compositor.

His task was to place Kong in a background setting along with other visual elements and make them look like they were shot through the same lens.

He worked on some of the film’s most iconic scenes, including the dramatic fight scene between Kong and the three T-Rexs and some of the New York scenes.

The film’s special effects were also acclaimed at the recent Bafta Awards.

Gareth is at present working on a Clint Eastwood World War Two film, Flags of Our Fathers.

“I expect to be working on this movie until June and things are going well so far. Thanks to my work on Kong, there are now plenty of opportunities in the pipeline.”

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