Apple has posted details on its Web site of how its industry-standard compositing application Shake was used in the creation of Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers.

The Shake work on the second film of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy was done by New Zealand's WETA Digital, which is involved in all three movies,

Apple reveals that Shake was used on over 90 per cent of shots that went through the film’s art and compositing departments. It goes on to look at the different uses made of the application in the creation of the movie series.

The extensive piece examines how the workflow process developed over the project's life, and how video experts used Shake to bring the life director Peter Jackson's vision for the movie.

Another leading movie application, Maya, also gets a mention. This was used for the movie’s 3D work. "It didn't take long for Maya users rendering imagery to create files and things we could quite easily use in Shake", said Weta Digital's 2D supervisor, John Nugent.

The article is available here.