21.02.2018, by Elena Van der Baan
Andy Serkis, the guru of motion capture and widely known for his role as Gollum in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, has now taken on a new role that involves the use of motion capture. He plays the role of Caesar, the ape protagonist in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Because this movie is animated, the most important features to capture were facial expressions. Because human and ape expressions aren’t quite the same, a great deal of muscle movement on a human face is a brief expression on an apes face. Therefore, it was a challenge to track and analyse the expression points on the face to match the ones needed for the ape.
What is exciting about the motion capture used for this animation movie is that 50 cameras were placed all around the location where the scene was shot, which was outside of New Orleans and in Vancouver forests. In addition to that, there were up to 50,000 processors working all at once to create all the necessary photorealistic features of apes, such as eyes, fur, fingernails and so on. This is one of the facts that differentiated this animated movie from others that we know.
This movie is definitely a must see, as it does not just have an interesting storyline, but also shows the start of a great future for motion capture.