Clean­ing and Char­ac­ter in Mo­tion Cap­ture Por­traits


Session Title:

  • Data Disinformation

Presentation Title:

  • Clean­ing and Char­ac­ter in Mo­tion Cap­ture Por­traits




  • Panel: Data Disinformation

    Susan Sloan has re­searched ex­ten­sively the use of mo­tion cap­ture in an­i­ma­tion as­so­ci­ated with gam­ing and spe­cial ef­fects. In this paper she will focus on the post pro­duc­tion ‘clean­ing’ process eras­ing glitches in move­ment com­par­ing her aim to show sig­na­ture ges­ture and char­ac­ter in her sub­jects in con­trast to the styl­ized move­ment as­so­ci­ated with in­dus­try tech­nigques. Susan Sloan is able to de­velop the lan­guage of por­trai­ture and like­ness through image and move­ment.  Anal­o­gous to tra­di­tional no­tions of por­trai­ture, drawn or painted, at the core of these an­i­ma­tions is a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the sit­ter.  She will ex­plore these por­traits which are pro­duced within the con­text of paint­ing, an­i­ma­tion, video and sculp­ture.  They draw from all of these prac­tices and whilst en­tirely con­structed in 3D soft­ware the mo­tion of the sub­ject is recorded from real life. The works be­come a record and an in­ter­pre­ta­tion at the same time. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the recorded data and man­u­ally an­i­mated and sculpted forms be­comes sig­nif­i­cant. The por­traits are not just an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the ex­ter­nal vis­i­ble char­ac­ter­is­tics of the sit­ter but also a doc­u­ment of their ex­is­tence.

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