Technical Art for Animation and VFX

Archive for June, 2008

Motion Capture/Previz Pipeline Tools

June 19th, 2008

I recently wrote an article called The Mocaptionator’s Handbook V1.0 as an aid for animators using motion capture. For the most part, I stay away from talking about custom tools I feel need written to help the pipeline along.

If you’re interested in that, you should probably check this post. Brad Friedman talks about the tools he built while working on Ironman and Hulk. Pretty incredible stuff.

EVENT: Performance Capture Technology Used For Animation

June 18th, 2008

VES Technology Committee & Motion Capture Society


Performance Capture Technology Used For Animation
“Demystifying Motion Capture Techniques”
Performance capture technology is here to stay. More and more studios are creating Digital
Characters for their stories. This panel is designed to address advances in motion capture
technologies that are currently in use producing various types of animation. How different are all of
these systems? Our panelists will creatively enlighten us with real solutions and insights into the
companies who provide the technology and know-how to capture “human performances”.

Demian Gordon – Chair of Motion Capture Society

Eyetronics – – Nick Tesi – Markerless Face + Inertial MoCap System
Motion Analysis Studios – Dave Blackburn – Passive Optical Motion Capture System
Henson Digital Puppeteering System – Kerry Shea – Real-Time Puppeteer of 3D CG Character
Vicon – House of Moves – Robin Pengelly – Passive Optical Motion Capture System
Sony – John Meehan – Character Animation from Mocap
Giant Studios – Ryan Champney – Passive Optical Motion Capture System
ILM – Mike Sanders – Character Animation from Mocap
USC ICT – Paul Debevec – Rapid High Resolution Face Scanning
Image-Metrics – Patrick Davenport – Facial Animation Capture Direct from Video

If you’re interested, head on over to the MCS forums.

Mocap Club Posts New Motionbuilder Tutorials

June 18th, 2008

Check them out at:


June 8th, 2008

I want to thank Jeremy Shank, Jesse Hambley and especially Ed Gonzalez for their help with the WordPress migration and input for the new site.

Lookslikematt V2.0

June 8th, 2008

New look. Simple is better. 😀