Motion Capture

MoCap Makes Maz Kanata Go

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:44 -- Nick Dager

In a pivotal moment in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the CGI character Maz Kanata, played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, shows up just in time to give the Rebels a vital piece of information. Although Maz’s appearance is brief, the complex shoot involved creating a temporary, studio-grade motion capture stage inside the famed Pinewood Studios. To complete this task, Lucasfilm turned to Audiomotion and its Vicon system.

Animating a Singular Kiss

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

What began as an indie mobile game in 2014, Five Nights At Freddy’s has grown into a multimedia franchise with multiple games, novel adaptations and a feature film currently in progress. The series is produced by Kiev, Ukraine-based GoldenLane Studio. One particularly challenging scene for GoldenLane co-founder Roman Maltsev was playing two characters named Zoe and Ellis that kiss.

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Creating the Trash Mesa

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:07 -- Nick Dager

A crash landing, a bruised hero, a crowd about to swarm. For Montreal post house Framestore, Blade Runner 2049’s thrilling Trash Mesa attack sequence had all the elements of a classic set piece, it only needed its band of scavengers. With two days to prep, Framestore turned to Vicon motion capture products and a live link that helped two production teams make crucial decisions, five time zones away.

Xsens Motion-Capture Gives Life to Ted 2

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 13:16 -- Nick Dager

The challenge in the first Ted movie was to convince cinema audiences that the world’s most outrageous bear was real. But for Ted 2, the new comedy from writer/director and voice star Seth MacFarlane the aims got a bit more mature. Yet despite the complexity of the action, the film’s motion capture was produced live on set by Universal and MRC using Xsens' lightweight MVN inertial motion-capture suits.

iPi Soft, Mocap Vaults Partner to Offer Motion Capture Tutorials

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:31 -- Nick Dager

Recognizing the growing need for today’s professional actors, directors and producers to learn the unique challenges behind working with motion capture technology, iPi Soft has partnered with The Mocap Vaults, an educational resource that offers both online tutorials and live workshops in Los Angeles, select cities in Canada, London, and other European cities.

Laika Animation Puppets, Props, Raise Money for Charity

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:21 -- Nick Dager

More than 250 screen-used puppets, maquettes, paint test models, props, set pieces, and original concept and production art from Laika, the visionary animation studio behind the Academy Award-nominated films The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline, together generated sales of more than $1 million in Heritage Auctions’ The Art of Laika auction in Beverly Hills, California on February 12.

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