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Animation Filmmakers Who Like and Do Mocap

July 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Motion capture, Stop motion animation

My March 9th posting on motion capture, “Oh Motion Capture, What Art Thou?,” elicited an interesting comment from Vita Berezina-Blackburn, an animation specialist at Ohio State University, who finds motion capture to be closer to traditional puppetry than cel animation and wish there would be more films featuring experimental use of motion capture which has […]

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Are New Oscar Rules for Mocap a Power Grab?

July 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation technology, Awards, Feature films, Motion capture

I’m writing this from Edinburgh, Scotland, where my wife and I have been enjoying a really wonderful Society for Animation Studies conference. A full report will follow when I get back home, but I can’t help responding to the Motion Picture Academy’s new rules for defining what is animation (see press release here), which states […]

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Oh Motion Capture, What Art Thou?

March 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Computer animation, Motion capture, Rotoscoping

These are wonderful times for animation bloggers, what with all the controversy raging about whether or not motion capture/performance capture is or is not animation. I have long said that it is, but would like to amplify my feelings a bit on the matter. The cause for this is a recent posting from the ever […]

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Avatar

December 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Animation and live action, Computer animation, Motion capture, Stereoscopic films

‘ Well, the wait is over and, whether one likes it or not, Avatar looks like the game changer that James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and other promoters of 3D movies said it would be, quieting critics who said the technology would never really work in live action. It also looks like it will be the […]

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Fantastic Mr. Fox and the New Animation Paradigm

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Animation and live action, Filmmakers, Motion capture, Stop motion animation

… The idea was breathtaking. Picasso’s love for American comic strips was mentioned in Gertrude Stein’s book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. He was now thinking about making an animated version of Don Quixote! Since he knew nothing about the intricate process of making animation, Picasso had left it up to his courtiers to […]

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Brian Henson on Digital Puppetry

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Motion capture, Television animation

Brian Henson, Jim Henson’s son and co-chair of The Jim Henson Company, showed up today at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts to give a fascinating presentation about his company’s use of “digital puppetry” in their new PBS preschool series, Sid the Science Kid. The talk coincided with the Center’s new “Jim Henson: Wonders From His […]

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Beowulf

December 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Feature films, Motion capture, Stereoscopic films

Seeing Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf, I was reminded of the time when director John Frankenheimer came down to the University of Southern California in 1962 to show All Fall Down. During the Q&A session which followed, a student asked why he had used an elaborate tracking shot in the opening sequence. Frankenheimer replied simply that he […]

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