Fascinating new technology from Pendulum Studios provides state of the art facial animation and begs the question – how long before we’ll be watching high quality digital movies as part of the mainstream Hollywood catalogue? Answers on a plastic Oscar to… Check out the video (the hands are a bit wrong though, perspective-wise). We heart Shakespeare.
A fundamental hurdle in bringing digital actors to the screen is achieving realistic facial animation. With the most recent implementations of the Vicon motion-capture system, Los Angles based House of Moves is able to achieve an unparalleled level of precision in the capture of facial motion. …Pendulum’s research into this area has resulted in the creation of a proprietary software application, called Stretchmark. Their primary goal is to make it not only possible, but efficient and economical to bring the nuance of a real actor’s facial performance into the virtual world.