May 10, 2019
Motion capture uses actors movements to create realistic computer-generated characters, but how does that affect actors?
When I hear motion capture, I think about actors prancing around in tights with ping-pong balls flailing around them. But, as many commenters have suggested, I am an idiot. What’s actually going on is a much more complex process where the movements and expressions of an actor are digitally transmitted to a computer that then attempts to model that stuff into a character that usually looks nothing like that human being. Sometimes it’s a monkey, sometimes it’s Thanos, sometimes it’s a much younger or older version of that human being.
But that’s, generally, what motion capture is and how it is used.
Considering the high-level VFX in Hollywood today, mo-cap is becoming a more and more popular way to bring realism to specific performances.