FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NAB BOOTH #M9872
STUDIOS AND JIM HENSON'S CREATURE SHOP ANNOUNCE TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION
Real-Time CG Character Performance Teams up with Motion Capture Studio
(Las Vegas Nevada - April 10, 2000) At the NAB 2000 convention in Las Vegas this week, Performance Capture Studios will demonstrate its Real Time Optical and Motion Retargeting technology in conjunction with Jim Henson's Creature Shop( for a real time display of Kermit the Frog in a live performance of a CG version of the famous Muppet character. Together, the companies will show, for the first time in public, the use of Real Time Optical Motion Capture from Motion Analysis Corporation, the PCS bio-mechanical retargeting software, and the Creature Shop's real-time Digital Performance Studio technology.
"We recognized the benefits the Henson's Digital Performance Studio has to offer with its real-time digital performance capabilities. Our animators can use our retargeting tools to create a unique, creative environment," said Gary Roberts, President of Performance Capture Studios. "It's incredible to see two performers working together with the technology rather than being inhibited by it. When they get into this environment it actually frees up their creativity."
"These technologies together are a natural compliment," remarked David Barrington-Holt, creative supervisor for the Henson Creature Shop. "The fusion of the traditional Jim Henson puppeteers with the seamless PCS technology dissolves all semblance of the mechanics involved, allowing the audience to immerse fully into the experience. This is what entertainment is all about."
Performance Capture Studios and Jim Henson's Creature Shop will debut Kermit the Frog, Live in Real Time at the NAB 2000 Convention at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas today at booth # M9872. PCS will use the Motion Analysis Real Time Optical Motion Capture system with a Henson suit performer in the PCS MoCap Suit. The Henson team will dazzle the crowd with a NAB debut demonstration of its revolutionary real-time CG performance capabilities. The NAB Convention runs from April 10 - April 13 in Las Vegas, NV.
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Performance Capture Studios is a state of the art Motion Capture Studio dedicated to providing the 3D Animation Industry with motion-capture services. PCS, the leader in character animation services, provides animators and directors from feature films, music videos, television, games and commercials with the best technology and superior Motion Capture service. Harnessing their unique technology, expertise and the client's imagination, PCS specializes in capturing the most out of a performance. Cutting edge technology, such as Bio-Mechanical Motion Re-Targeting and Motion Editing, blends the art of Motion Capture and Character Animation together, giving animators the freedom they need to create stunning content.
About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for more than 40 years, is a multimedia production company; one of the top character licensors in the industry; a leading publisher of children's books; and home to Jim Henson Television, Jim Henson Pictures, Jim Henson Interactive and Jim Henson's Creature Shop(tm). The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and production facilities in New York and London. The Jim Henson Company website is located at: www.henson.com.
Jim Henson's Creature Shop™ has offices in London and Los Angeles, and is one of the premier creature-building workshops in the entertainment industry, working on both Henson productions and outside projects. The Creature Shop has received two Academy Awards, one in 1996 for Best Visual Effects for the hit film Babe, and the other in 1992 for the Henson Performance Control System. The Creature Shop serves the creature effects and CGI (computer graphics imagery) needs of the feature film, television, advertising, theatrical and museum and exhibition arenas globally. Its recent work is featured in the TV series Farscape, currently airing on Sci-Fi Channel (US) and BBC (UK), and in the feature films George of the Jungle (Disney), Dr. Dolittle (20th Century Fox), 101 Dalmatians (Disney), The Flintstones (Universal), Lost In Space (New Line) and the upcoming Flintstones II, Viva Rock Vegas (Universal).
About Motion Analysis Corporation
Motion Analysis Corporation, providing 2-D and 3-D performance animation tools for broadcasters, film producers, video game developers and web content providers, is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. Visit Motion Analysis Corporation on the World Wide Web at http://www.MotionAnalysis.com or contact us by phone (707-579-6500), fax (707- 526-0629), or email.
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