Dance Meets Motion Capture In This Otherworldly Performance

Artists Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips' Asphyxia is more than an experimental dance film; it's also one of the more creative uses of Xbox One Kinect's motion-data capture capabilities we've seen. » 3/09/15 10:20am 3/09/15 10:20am

Two Men Become Robots, Cats, and Each Other In This "Face Hacking" Vid

Remember when the apex of what computers could do to morph faces was represented in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" music video? Yeah, things have changed, and with jaw-dropping results. » 1/08/15 9:45am 1/08/15 9:45am

This Gorgeous Ballet Sequence Was Shot Entirely By A Robot

By programming a robotic camera to follow a 3D representation of a ballet sequence, director Tarik Abdel-Gawad managed to capture a stunning performance that could scarcely be called mechanical. » 7/22/14 9:30am 7/22/14 9:30am

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Reveals The Human Behind the Ape

Check out this gorgeous behind-the-scenes footage from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This modern day adaptation's beautiful work of performance capture still continues to amaze us. Plus, get to meet a few of the new apes! » 5/21/14 6:40am 5/21/14 6:40am

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch on all fours in his mo-cap suit as Smaug

Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he felt like a "boobie" in his motion capture suit for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but how did he actually look? This video shows us how Weta translated Cumberbatch's performance into the CG-animated Smaug. » 2/24/14 1:20pm 2/24/14 1:20pm

Here's Benedict Cumberbatch doing mo-cap as The Hobbit's Smaug

The most exciting thing about this December's new Hobbit film is the appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, the fearsome dragon. And these behind-the-scenes photos of Cumberbatch doing motion-capture show just how much he put into the role. » 10/22/13 3:29pm 10/22/13 3:29pm

Side-by-Side Comparisons Reveal The Magic of Motion Capture

From Beowulf to Avatar, motion capture technology has come a very long way. Did you know Andy Serkis was originally hired as just a voice actor for the role of Gollum? Only to have his performance re-recorded months later, on a mocap stage. Today the little monster from records his expressions on The Hobbit's set,… » 12/05/12 12:41pm 12/05/12 12:41pm

Andy Serkis is directing a family-friendly, motion-capture version of …

Andy Serkis' stunning grasp of motion capture acting is one of the reasons Peter Jackson made him a second unit director on The Hobbit. Now the Gollum actor plans to apply those directing skills to a motion-capture project of his own: a new adaptation of George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm. » 10/20/12 9:00am 10/20/12 9:00am

What's the next technology that will change the way you watch movies?

Motion-capture has totally altered our movie-going experience in just a few years. From the Na'vi to Gollum to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, our favorite movie characters are increasingly a blend of computer animation and an actor's real performance. » 9/04/12 1:22pm 9/04/12 1:22pm

Mars Needs Moms, But Disney Doesn't Need Bob Zemeckis' Company

Disney has closed the doors to Robert Zemeckis's motion-capture studio ImageMovers Digital. But in the wake of this destruction comes some interesting news. Disney is still moving forward with mo-cap Yellow Submarine and Mars Needs Moms. » 3/15/10 11:13am 3/15/10 11:13am

The Avatar Debate: It Will Be An Awesome Visual Spectacle

Will Avatar keep its technological promises? We've seen a huge backlash against the film's CGI, and our sibling site suspects it will suck. But when it opens, Avatar will prove a remarkable advance in motion capture and computer animation. » 12/11/09 1:15pm 12/11/09 1:15pm

Could Avatar's Technology Improve Medicine?

Directors like James Cameron and Robert Zemeckis are using motion capture and computer animation to place actors in unusual bodies and fantastical environments. But the medical community is increasingly utilizing technology originally designed for movies and video games. » 12/10/09 4:45pm 12/10/09 4:45pm

Avatar's Motion Capture Actor Talks Pretending To Be Eaten Alive

Avatar's tight-suited motion capture actor, Reuben Langdon, explained his on-set task of pretending to be eaten alive by one of the many beasts of Pandora while crew members made grr noises and waved foam noodles. » 8/19/09 4:45pm 8/19/09 4:45pm

Battle Angel Alita Could Be Next for the Avatar Treatment

With Avatar nearly in the can, James Cameron is looking toward the next subject for his 3D motion-capture lens. And he's considering the move from sexy blue aliens to sexy cyborgs with an animated adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. » 7/31/09 3:00pm 7/31/09 3:00pm