Using a Vicon System from Oxford Metrics, we
were commissioned by Jim Henson's Creature Shop to motion
capture (mocap) the performances of a trained rhesus monkey
for this 1998 Feature Film. Shot at Pinewood Studios, we examined
whether motion capture or key-frame animation techniques should
be used for the scenes involving a character called Blawp.
- Spider Smith
We used two types of optical motion capture
systems to do facial tracking of the speech of Gary Oldman
performing Dr Smith as a metallic Spider Creature. Strapped
to a moving platform, the actor performed his lines whilst
we recorded facial data using a Face Tracker System, and global
space data using a Vicon rig. The data was applied onset and
in real time to a computer generated model of the character's
face, thereby improving the actor's performance by having
visual feedback to the movements of the final product.