Mo­cap comes to Pinewood

AUDIOMOTION STU­DIOS USE VICON CAM­ERAS AND SOFT­WARE TO RECORD MAZ KANATA’S STAR WARS SCENE

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due to an un­re­lent­ing sched­ule, Star Wars:

The Last Jedi di­rec­tor rian John­son and ac­tress Lupita ny­ong’o just didn’t have the time to leave Pinewood stu­dios and travel to a mo­cap stu­dio, so the mo­cap ca­pa­bil­i­ties came to them. Award­win­ning VFX stu­dio Audiomotion cre­ated a pop-up mo­cap stu­dio in­side Pinewood, bring­ing in 30 Vicon cam­eras to create an ad hoc set within the set. ny­ong’o’s char­ac­ter, Maz, ap­pears ex­clu­sively as a holo­gram in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the scene re­quired the ac­tress to ma­noeu­vre through a pre­cisely blocked stage, duck­ing and dodg­ing un­seen weapon fire while si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­act­ing and re­spond­ing to the char­ac­ters of Finn, Poe dameron and C3PO – all of whom were able to be on set dur­ing the shoot.

“with a film that has as many mov­ing parts as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it’s not al­ways prac­ti­cal or even re­al­is­tic for the cast and crew to come to us, so we need to be flex­i­ble,” ex­plains Brian Mitchell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Audiomotion. “we’ve been us­ing Vicon cam­eras for around 20 years now and they make it pos­si­ble for us to cap­ture pro­fes­sional, high-qual­ity mo­cap footage al­most any­where.” this so­lu­tion en­sured the ac­tors, mo­cap spe­cial­ists and di­rec­tor could all be in­volved with­out tak­ing them away from the rest of the pro­duc­tion.

Af­ter the shoot was com­pleted, Audiomotion broke down its setup, left Pinewood stu­dios and re­turned to their head­quar­ters just out­side of Ox­ford, eng­land. From there, the team cleaned up and pro­cessed all of the data us­ing Vicon’s Blade soft­ware.

Since re­lease, Lu­cas­film’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has re­ceived sev­eral ac­co­lades for its vis­ual ef­fects

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