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A Brief History of Motion-Capture in the Movies

IGN: Motion-capture – or 'performance-capture', to give the method the actor-friendly name it's more recently come to be known by – has now become the norm for the contemporary blockbuster. We barely bat an eyelid at a fully-rendered CG character these days, so ubiquitous are they as to remove all mystery of how they were created. As evidenced by the flawless, lifelike animation we see on screen today, motion-capture has evolved at a frightening rate over the last few decades, which is fitting, as it reaches previously inconceivable highs in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes this month, with entire simian armies animated using the technique. But how did motion-capture get off the ground, and which films – and filmmakers – do we have to thank for its existence?

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