Mo-Cap Case Study.

Following a comment made by a visitor to the blog on a previous entry, I will be doing a quick examination of what lets down a film with Mo-Cap.

“Hey Thomas. This was incredibly informative and interesting to look at. As a South African, I was glad to see that district 9 did really well. Really makes you think about films as an investment opportunity as well, I bet there is a lot of money changing hands pre-production. As an extension to the article, it could be really interesting to look at movies that have flopped, and perhaps why they have done so.”


Mars Needs Moms (2011) is such an example of a failed attempt at Motion Capture within Animation. The film suffered poorly for the money spent on it, (See the previous entry to see a breakdown of different Mo-Cap Film finances).

Among the many problems listed by The Hollywood Reporter, the misuse of performance capture seems to be emblematic of how not to use the technology. Whereby it is an attempt to make human-like entities as close to being human as possible but not quite, thus falling into the aptly named Uncanny Valley that Mori speculated over in the seventies.

It makes clear the strengths of the current Planet of the Apes saga whereby the technology is used to turn humans into apes rather than humans into to other humans. It just isn’t working right yet and those innate feelings of disgust and anxiety over what it just a little uncanny aren’t going anywhere. Those are some hardwired mate selection tools we have and they’re damn useful for selecting mates and avoiding disease or predators.



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