Audiomotion Crowns Prince Caspian with Motion Capture

July 28, 2008 9:12 pm

Tags: 3D, animation, CGI, prince caspian, special effects, vfx

July 28, 2008 (Oxford, UK) Audiomotion, the multi-award winning motion capture studio, today announced its involvement in the making of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Audiomotion was hired to deliver almost two hours of motion capture footage for the feature, recorded with its advanced suite of 100 Vicon MX40+ cameras, filming over seven days on location.

In their latest adventure, the Pevensie siblings find themselves back in Narnia where they discover more than 1300 years have passed. With the help of some new friends, the children embark on a journey to overthrow the evil King Miraz and restore Prince Caspian to his rightful place as heir to the throne.

Audiomotion's Vicon MX40+ cameras enabled the team to capture a huge volume of complex data, allowing the horses and centaurs to rear, jump and move freely at speed.

Mick Morris, MD at Audiomotion said: "Prince Caspian was another exciting location shoot for us, with more horses and stuntmen than ever before. For our part we captured six horses and eight stunt performers in a 120 ft long volume. We captured all of the dangerous battle moves, falling horses and fight vignettes."

Morris continued: "The animation was then retargeted to a variety of mythical creatures including centaurs, minotaurs, fawns and dwarf characters, as well as telmarine cavalry. We delivered the animation to both vendors MPC and Framestore who between them delivered over 1000 shots for the movie."

Adam Valdez, animation director at MPC said: "Prince Caspian proved to be our most complex crowd project to date. One of our big challenges was hybrid creatures which required complex motion editing. Audiomotion stepped up to the creative task, refining the solution until our client was happy with some truly exciting sequences."

Lindsay Mc Farlane, VFX producer on Prince Caspian said: "At very short notice Audiomotion were asked to deliver an incredibly complex and demanding motion capture shoot. Suffice to say the shoot was a huge success and we walked away with all of the motions we'd hoped for and many more besides. The data was processed very quickly and efficiently enabling us to push on with the business of using the motion to create some spectacular action sequences. I cannot recommend their services enough."

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About Vicon
Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world's largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems, serving customers and CG animation applications in film, visual effects, computer games, and broadcast television, as well as engineering and life science industries. Vicon operates in four offices worldwide, including its Los Angeles-based Entertainment headquarters, a 26,000 square-foot facility equipped with three performance capture stages for Vicon's service company House of Moves as well as 125 Vicon MX40 cameras.

Vicon is the largest holding of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group - LSE: OMG), plc., a group of technology companies that produces image understanding solutions for the entertainment, defense, life science and engineering markets. Other holdings include Emmy Award®-winning 2d3 and newly founded Geospatial Vision Ltd.

Vicon's and OMG's global clients include: life science leaders University of Pennsylvania, the VA Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Titleist Golf, National Pitching Association; engineering industry leaders Ford, BMW, Airbus, Lockheed, Pratt-Whitney, NASA, Caterpillar, International Truck, and Toyota; and entertainment companies Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Computer Entertainment, Industrial Light and Magic, Sega, Nintendo, UbiSoft, Vivendi, Electronic Arts, Square Enix and many others.

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