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Dan ward
Experimental doc. | hdv | color | 18'0'' | United Kingdom | 2015
A single day spent in a motion-capture studio documenting actors, a director and technical crew provide the subject matter for this film. Using a cliché B-movie script, the studio Audiomotion test workflow patterns to standardise and improve the production process (e.g. adjusting cameras and monitors, rehearsing with equipment, transferring data etc.) The actor’s movements are recorded during the scene, followed by minute facial gestures (aided with face paint), and finally edited as 3D models. We see how technique and dialogue must change to avoid disrupting the motion-capture technology, how the actors choose their expressions (stylised, but with an emphasis on naturalism), what other jobs the actors may have, and how standards or ideal gestures are created via these technical methods.
Dan Ward is a filmmaker based in London.