CGI Who Invented Motion Capture? By Amid Amidi | 11/29/2007 8:01 am | 25 Share Tweet Email Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Email 25 San Francisco commercial director Carl Willat has the shocking and hilarious answer. (Thanks, Karl Cohen) We welcome thoughtful comments on articles, but please read our community guidelines before participating. All comments are moderated and will not immediately appear on the site; your patience is appreciated. tom Wow! That brought back some ancient, dead memories for me. Ha ha! I had nightmares as a kid after seeing that sequence for some reason. Coincidentally, I had nightmares about Beowulf too- bad dreams about piles of money burning in the middle of a sewer. Stephan At some point I feel facinated looking at this. But on the other hand… thinking of Beowulf and this so called “new rage”… *sigh* Thomas Great! Now we can fire all those pesky artists! uffler mustek curly joe sucks. Ted Maxwell So scientific genius Emil Sitka was the culprit who invented Mo Cap. The ‘electronic cartoon’ footage was rotoscoped and hand-inked, but the concept is identical. If Max Fleischer saw this, it probably led to his stroke. Sean Dicken Great work, Carl! Brilliant! Sums up my thoughts on the matter too. Michael Sporn I talked about this film back in January on my blog. The film The Three Stooges In Orbit had a lasting effect on my memory. Of course, rotoscoping involves real hand-drawn animation whereas MoCap does not. Paul N Yeah, electronics are evil and bringing about the destruction of traditional animation. So I guess you guys are stockpiling cel paint and mag track, right? Steve Gattuso Paul: They’re all major stockholders at Eberhardt-Faber. ;-) While I wouldn’t be shocked that the inventors of mo-cap may have seen this movie in their childhood, most of them have stated that the main inspiration for the concept was the holodeck of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Goddamned Trekkies… RODAN Thank you! That explains so much I had suspected! Brilliant detective work! Carl Willat Yes, of course it’s rotoscoped for production, but in the film’s story line it works automatically, more like motion capture. Al I thought it was created by a team of super intelligent monkeys. NOW I find out. Ben This isn’t too far off from the truth, yeah? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVUfV0oNKqc A few steps above Sychro-Vox, you have to admit. Dave Mackey Weren’t they trying to make films like that with Friz Freleng’s involvement? Or am I thinking of something else? Nancy B That’s hysterical. And how timely! David Gerstein AL: Superintelligent? Nah. Meany, Miny and Moe are only about average as these things go. Pedro Nakama Time to smash a bird cage over that guy’s head! “Hold hands you Love Birds.” Toby OB Pedro, that’s the line I always think of whenever I see or think of Emil Sitka! I can’t explain exactly why it cracks me up but I think most of the credit has to go to Sitka’s delivery. Peter I like this quote: “No artist ever touched this. The entire thing was drawn by a machine!” Sounds like a Zemekis wet dream. Michael Jones Is calling it MOE-cap just stating the obvious? GeeVee I have to give the 3 Stooges some renewed respect for their prophetic vision. I love the way the studio guys (the REAL stooges?) are drooling lustfully over their machine of financial salvation. Cigars for the room! Chris Sobieniak > Peter says: > > I like this quote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“No artist ever touched this. The entire thing was drawn by a machine!Ã¢â‚¬? Sounds like a Zemekis wet dream. Funny how things just come back to haunt you! This little joke reminded me of something I saw once on a public access show where a guy showed what he considers the very first rap song ever made, and it was a scene from a Three Stooges short where the guys did a little poem-like tune to advertise their fruit stand biz, but it was so amusing! Stephen Z. The southern financial backer wears a string bow tie. Wealthy people from the south always have the correct neckwear. alexander I like how normally in a Hollywood film the guy with the invention would be an attractive, love interest character with dignity and a dead center kind of personality and in these clips he just appears like a ridiculous guy with an idea no one making the film has any meaningful sympathy for. He’s just another clown. David Once again Moe was a man thirty years ahead of his time. First, he invented the famous hairstyle with which The Beatles would later change the world, and then he created Moe-cap. Everything I needed to learn in life I learned from Moe. Previous PostReminder: Hanna Barbera Book Signing Next PostNew Line's First Animated Film?