Cinesite created over 350 visual effects shots on 300: Rise of an Empire, completing work in just a few short weeks. Many of their shots involved the creation of Ancient Greece, and Yeti was used to create a key aspect of one of their main sequences.
Cinesite’s Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Clarke: “Sparta is a place where the wind defines the ambience of the environment and the movement of wind over the wheat field was a great way of representing this. In this shot, I wanted to create huge, open, natural wheat fields wafting in the wind.”
Yeti’s instancing was improved due to feedback from Cinesite; including full support for PRMan’s ObjectInstance (and similar for the other rendering engines) which was used heavily on the production.