May 2nd, 2010 ~ 11:56 am

Guess who’s got two thumbs and got to do some motion capture yesterday! This girl! *points thumbs at self*

I got a text Friday afternoon from the director of Tree of Knowledge asking what I was doing the following day. I texted back that I had some workshops and if this was about ADR. He texted Mo-cap and I immediately responded that I can cancel!

We were at Just Cause Productions. I got there and got suited up. Then this fellow Vince stuck a bunch of little dots all over me and then reinforced them. Unfortunately it didn’t occur to me to to the bathroom before putting it on, so I was going to have to wait until we finished (or lunch, whichever came first).

When I showed up I didn’t even know what I was going to be doing since my character isn’t in the animated section. Turns out I got to play the freaky giant rag doll. It’s supposed to be like 10 feet tall so sometimes I was on my knees, but still had to be about that same height as Emily, so I would kneel on a pillow on some apple boxes. That way my body was shaped right and then hers was too. They will have a bunch of adjusting to do later, but I think it should work out well. We got to see some real time before we started to give us an idea of scale. I ended up acting with my body mostly normal even though the doll’s head and body were taller than my skeleton. It was super neat to dance around and see it on the screen though.

We rehearsed a little while they were setting up, so when we started capturing we did most sections in one take. We had a prop stick that was a little awkward since it has an extra bar sticking out so they can capture rotation.

We got it all done before lunch but I really needed to use the bathroom, so they took a break to help un-dot me. It was so much fun!!

Man, I cannot wait to see the finished film! It’ll be a long time, but if they send over any screen shots or anything I’ll post them.

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