Virtual Characters in Entertainment

Virtual characters are being used in all aspects of entertainment from film to television to video games as we’ve seen in many productions over the last few years, and even in musical performances as in the famous Tupac halogram. Whether a character is modeled, 3D scanned or sculpted, they are in the production.

tupac-hologram

Virtual characters have been used to create heavy crowds of armies like in 300: Rise of an Empire, and the mob of zombies in World War Z. To create this, predetermined virtual paths (waypoints) are used based on our common movements and are randomly chosen to mimic real humans.

world-war-z zombies

Nearly all video game characters are computer generated (CG) with some becoming the main star through the use of Motion Capture (MoCap) and voice-overs, such as Ellen Page‘s character in Beyond: Two Souls, or the newly released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare featuring Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey, Call of Duty, 3d facial scan

Every year we inch closer and closer to bridging the gap between virtual and reality, and like all endeavors, change is inevitable. Stay tuned for more updates. The wave that is technology is something you want to be on top of rather than submerged in.

 

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