November 16 – Back Stage
By Frank Nestor
In video games and feature films—such as 2007's "Beowulf" and the upcoming "The Adventures of Tintin"—performance capture is an increasingly popular method for bringing characters to life.
Also called motion capture (or mocap), it involves actors wearing formfitting body suits that allow cameras to track their movements from every angle in a stage area called the volume. Those movements are then used to animate a computer-generated character. The technology presents a unique challenge and opportunity for performers.
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