Motion Capture – A whole new world

ENTERI met Reuben Langdon and Mari Ueda at Just Cause Productions, yesterday. What an amazing facility and incredibly nice people. I am so grateful for the time they spent explaining their world.

As a primarily voice over artist, I am very interested in this relatively new arena of Motion Capture –¬†mocap, also called performance capture…but no one wants to call it Pcap. ūüôā Mocap¬†is what you all saw in “Avatar”, “Beowulf”, “Polar Express”, “Mars Needs Moms”, for example, ¬†as well as many many video games.

Just Cause Productions, is a state of the art facility and very well regarded in the industry. The technology is mind¬†bending and the advancements¬†seem almost daily, in this emerging field. The opportunities for a versatile actor are finally back! Reuben is a pioneer in the field and the “go to guy” for mocap, stunts, stunt coordinating, acting, etc. He and Mari explained what you will find in a mocap studio, the terms and the technology. There is a definite skill set an actor will need to acquire and add to their acting chops. Many things are very similar to being a stage actor, like using your body to create a character. Also voice acting, dubbing, and ADR skills are quite helpful. It’s like everything you could ever have possibly learned as an actor, and then stuff it all into a specialty unitard, covered in reflectors, sensors, power packs, and high-tech¬†electronics. Then they cover your face with a bazillion markers, little dots, and/or a special hat with¬†head cameras. You memorize all your lines then they release you on a stage called a “volume” and you get to make the imaginary come to life!

I am so very excited to play in this new world. It’s hard to believe, my very first job was¬†working as several¬†characters at Disneyland. They, of course, were 3D. Now, thanks to amazing technology, I have the opportunity to bring legendary characters to “3D” again! What fun!!!

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