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