Technical Art for Animation and VFX

Archive for July, 2008

Animation Mentor’s Shawn Kelly on Mocaptionating

July 17th, 2008

I want to take a second to thank Shawn Kelly for sharing his POV on mocap in the CGTantra article Motion Capture Is Your Friend. Those that have worked with motion capture long enough to actually learn how to use the tool effectively seem to share the same options about the technology. You will find similar statements in in numerous threads on CGtalk, Softimage|Net and most every cg animation related forum (you’ll even find it right here in The Mocaptionator’s Handbook V1.0).

I leave you with Shawn’s closing statements:

“Animation is the act of bringing characters to life. If that’s what you do, I don’t care if you’re using Maya , Softimage, Lightwave, Animation Master, Flash or Motion Builder or your H1B Pencil or an armatured puppet! I don’t care if your reference is video reference, yourself in a mirror, or a day at the park, and I certainly don’t care if you are using your animation skills to mold a crappy motion capture performance into something memorable and truly alive! If you are using the tools at your disposal to bring characters to life, then guess what?


And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

P.S. If you notice the credits in the pictures, you’ll find fellow Phasespace user Greg Worley’s name. Greg’s WorleyWorks studio probably isn’t what you envisioned as a typical mocap vendor. You kinda’ just have to see it to understand.

Animation Mentor Webinar Videos

July 11th, 2008

I’ve been attending Animation Mentor’s webinars. AM just posted the vids of the webinars to their site. Very excellent resources.

My favorites are:


  • Great feedback from the HR and animator point of view.


  • Wonderful supplement to the .pdf.

VES/MCS Mocap Panel Article

July 6th, 2008

Couldn’t make it to the VES/MCS Mocap Panel? Read all about it (minus any mention of the motion capture society šŸ™

Many thanks to Demain Gordon’s ‘flashlight in the face’ style moderation and all the animators’ input. Sanders, Rausch and Meehan all commented on how their shops integrate motion capture into their projects. Debevec explained the new animated tension map creation techniques his team are developing.

A big hand for Demian and the Motion Capture Society for their part in the event. Great stuff folks!

2008 SIGGRAPH AutodeskĀ® MasterClasses

July 2nd, 2008

Current Motionbuilder Classes:

Tuesday, August 12

1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Inside the MotionBuilder SDK: With An Eye Towards Production

Instructor: Greg Elshoff

Wednesday, August 13

3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

AutodeskĀ® MotionBuilderĀ® software Rigging: Customization Techniques

Instructor: Eric Lalumiere

Thursday, August 14

3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

AutodeskĀ® MotionBuilderĀ® software: Motion Capture Solving for Hands

Instructor: Thomas Champon

Other character-related classes:


All day

Storyboarding/Story Development at Pixar: Work Methods and Insights

Instructor: Matthew Luhn, Andrew Gordon

Tuesday, August 12

3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

Smart Kinematics: Using IK & FK simultaneously

Instructor: TJ Galda, Electronic Arts

View all classes here: