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In the final installment of Peter Jackson’s video blog, the director introduces The Hobbit’s post crew, while the team scrambles to complete the film.

Is CGI actually making films less convincing?

Accurate facial capture with Kinect

Published in Technology & Computing

At RedShark, we're technology junkies. And one area that's really providing us with some thrills at the moment is motion capture - not using expensive motion capture suites, but everyday devices like the Microsoft Kinect.

This is... strange: real time face tracking

Published in Technology & Computing

 This is a strange, possibly creepy, and utterly amazing video

How A UK Studio Is Redefining Facial Animation

Published in Post & VFX

UK company Speech Graphics is gunning for the top-spot in lip-sync technology: mark their words. RedShark contributor David Valjalo reports

Will we ever have completely digital actors intermingling with real ones? Will we soon have feature films where dead actors are brought back to life through the miracle of CGI and motion capture? Will computer generated images of humans ever be so good that we can't distinguish them from the real thing in any way?

Are films turning into video games?

Published in Production

 

Since before the first arcade cabinet choked out an attempt at the speech-synthesized words “Operation Wolf!” in the late 80s, video games have been trying very hard to be films

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has stupendous motion capture and CGI. It wouldn't have been possible without either of these techniques. But does this mean that you can make better films with better technology?

Lynx: A camera that makes 3D models

Published in Production

This future camera captures the world in 3D models; yet another exciting innovation funded through Kickstarter.

 We're getting tantalisingly close to crossing the uncanny valley - the chasm between what we can create with our very best CGI efforts and what we actually see in reality

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