Sharon Marie Carnicke | Active Analysis in Motion Capture
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Active Analysis in Motion Capture

Active Analysis in Motion Capture


With the release of Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002), motion capture photography became a viable venue for acting when a human actor in his prime, Andy Serkis, was cast to play the character of Gollum—a five hundred year-old  creature with a small, desiccated body composed of sinew, bones and little else. Jackson and Serkis had proved that motion capture could be used to create a complex and emotionally rich character in a film. This essay explores the ontology of film performances created through motion capture by bringing together the findings of a scientific experiment that uses this cinematic technology to study emotional expressivity and information about the creation of


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