The latest motion capture…

Here is a link to the latest attempt at realistic emotive digital acting using a facial motion capture system. The model work is nice, the lighting is passable, the environment is okay, but the motion… argh, why can’t people just film people if they want acting that works?

I can see the use of motion capture for certain things, but I believe it is oh-so-limited. Some of my least favorite films use this technology (Final Fantasy – Spirits Within, Monster House and Polar Express). I can’t imagine watching this for any length of time… I couldn’t even finish watching the clip. It says this on the site:

“With this proven approach, the realism of facial and full-body performance is only limited by the quality of the actor and the director’s vision.”

Are they seeing something I’m not? As far as I’m concerned their attempt lies deep in the Uncanny Valley.