we interrupt the normal sequence of blog posts for this breaking news. i wrote this post a long time ago. but was not allowed to disclose these facts. until today. we were gagged for incredibly stupid reasons. but anywho. more notes after. enjoy.
* i got a golden globe nomination. woo hooty! well not me exactly. brad pitt got one for benjamin button. and we did the facial motion capture for that movie. so i'm taking the credit. he can keep the shiny. if he wins it. it's kinda interesting. one can argue that since most of the material was computer generated it shouldn't be eligible. kinda like andy serkis' performance of gollum. 'course we didn't do that. that cg was mostly done by animators. they started with andy's performance. but had to manually add the details to make the cg look good. on the other hand... the details used for benjamin button were provided by the actor. the technicians didn't change any details. they just used brad's movements to animate different cg heads. it's more like using makeup to make someone look like someone they're not. really fancy makeup. really fancy computation intensive makeup. *
brad didn't win his golden globe. bummer! i guess it sucks to be him, eh? benjamin button won an oscar for visual effects. i find that consolation prize acceptable. mova contour facial capture is really cool. look for more of it in the future.