Motion Capture Uses
Movie Content Creation
Motio capture for movies and film is becoming increasingly sophisticated and popular causing it to be used more and more. Some examples of recent and upcoming uses for film motion capture:
Sony Pictures - created Polar Express, Monster House and Beowolf with motion capture animated charcters throughout.
ImageMovers Digital - Robert Zemeckis' company dedicated to the use of motion capture for creating animated movies
Avatar - being produced by James Cameron's production company. Avatar takes motion capture a step further - allowing the director and camera crew to directly film real-time motion capture (fully-rendered in 3D) through the camera's viewport.
There are many good reasons to use motion capture for creating content for movies. Sometimes it comes down to safety - capturing a move that would be too difficult or dangerous to undertake in its original environment. Other times the choice is made based upon stylistic concerns. Sometimes it just comes down to a workflow that lets the director of the movie direct real people (which in turn are controlling 3D characters - further animated and adjusted by the animators). Motion capture can bring quite a cost savings to movie making when used correctly.
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