Watch the behind-the-scenes footage of any effects-laden blockbuster film and you’ll see actors running around in checkered body suits. Capturing the motions of a human performer is the most lifelike way to bring a digital character to life, but scientists at Stanford have come up with a less intrusive way to capture…
Hollywood has a history of animating kids in ways that are supposed to be adorable, but end up giving us night terrors. The Boss Baby, out March 31, will be the latest offender; it’s about an infant voiced by Alec Baldwin who’s somehow secretly a corporate executive. Insane plot aside, that beligerent, giant -headed…
The main difference between the original Planet of the Apes series and the latest reboot is whose journey we take. In the first two films, the focus was on whatever human was nearby, and then shifted to time-traveling primates. The Tim Burton reboot zeroed in on Marky Mark. This time around, Planet of the Apes has…
The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric weaved over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing…
You may have to speak up though. He’s wearing a towel.
Artists Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips' Asphyxia is more than an experimental dance film; it's also one of the more creative uses of Xbox One Kinect's motion-data capture capabilities we've seen.
Remember when the apex of what computers could do to morph faces was represented in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" music video? Yeah, things have changed, and with jaw-dropping results.
By programming a robotic camera to follow a 3D representation of a ballet sequence, director Tarik Abdel-Gawad managed to capture a stunning performance that could scarcely be called mechanical.
If you've ever watched behind-the-scenes footage of a film with extensive visual effects, you've probably seen actors wearing ping-pong ball covered motion capture suits bringing digital characters to life. But researchers at Carnegie Mellon have come up with a better way to capture 3D motion that can be implemented…
Check out this gorgeous behind-the-scenes footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This modern day adaptation's beautiful work of performance capture still continues to amaze us. Plus, get to meet a few of the new apes!
Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he felt like a "boobie" in his motion capture suit for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but how did he actually look? This video shows us how Weta translated Cumberbatch's performance into the CG-animated Smaug.
The most exciting thing about this December's new Hobbit film is the appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, the fearsome dragon. And these behind-the-scenes photos of Cumberbatch doing motion-capture show just how much he put into the role.
From Beowulf to Avatar, motion capture technology has come a very long way. Did you know Andy Serkis was originally hired as just a voice actor for the role of Gollum? Only to have his performance re-recorded months later, on a mocap stage. Today the little monster from records his expressions on The Hobbit's set,…
Andy Serkis' stunning grasp of motion capture acting is one of the reasons Peter Jackson made him a second unit director on The Hobbit. Now the Gollum actor plans to apply those directing skills to a motion-capture project of his own: a new adaptation of George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm.
Motion-capture has totally altered our movie-going experience in just a few years. From the Na'vi to Gollum to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, our favorite movie characters are increasingly a blend of computer animation and an actor's real performance.
Motion capture is one of those technologies that seems all hi-tech and futurey, until you see a grown man walking around a studio in a onesie with a bunch of ping pong balls stuck to him. Disney's about to change that.
When the teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's Tintin trailer came out, I had reservations. The post, the styling, the action, they all looked terrific. But why couldn't we see anyone talking? As the new full-length trailer mercifully reveals, turns out they had nothing to hide.
From the moment Rockstar unveiled their trailer for upcoming detective thriller, L.A. Noire from Aussie developers Team Bondi, we've known that the bar for motion capture in video games has not only been raised, but sent through the roof.
You'll have to wait until Tuesday to buy the mega three-disc Avatar Extended Collector's Edition Blu-ray. But you can watch this exclusive featurette on how Zoe Saldana became eight-feet tall and blue right now. And yes, even horses get motion-captured.
The problem with walking through a virtual reality world is that you're subject to the physical world's spatial limitations. That's why the Enterprise's holodeck always gave me headaches. But I get it now: they had a CyberWalk.