Thursday, May 23, 2013

CGAA Misc: Gustav Hoegen's Animatronics Showreel




As you watch this incredible showreel of Gustav Hoegen's animatronic work for the movies, keep a tab on the number of times you think to yourself, 'f**k me, I thought that was cgi...'


5 comments:

  1. WOW!!!! Ok Phil, can this be taught in the 3rd year? Yes? Cheers! :D

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  2. That's just plain weird. Surely some of it is CG and the animatronic is the base on which the computer stuff sits? I'm hoping to be proved wrong here!

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    1. Looks like latex/whatever 'skins' laid over the top of the animatronics and attached to the moving parts somehow. However it's done, it's clearly some sort of witchcraft.

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    2. Yeah, obviously animatronics have moved on a hell of a lot! I just find it odd to look at because some it just does not look like a physical model is being manipulated. Crazy stuff.

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  3. Interesting to see how much of it is still done with mechanical linkages, rather than radio control.

    I also wonder how much of the improvement in fake skin is due to research in prosthetics, and how much is the reverse (prosthetics using developments in animatronics).

    I guess the fact that it is still so widely used is because of the 2-way interaction between the actors and the puppeteers, rather than a 1-way interaction between the actors and a location marker?

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