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Studio Insider - Cinematic Animation

Posted by Drew Wood on Mar 19, 2011  | Comments

Studio Insider - Cinematic Animation - MMORPG.com

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes to see how animations are created for the in-game cinematics that have become so prevalent in games these days? Of course you have! In the latest Studio Insider, BioWare animator, Andrew Lauretta takes us behind the scenes!

To start off, the Animators get together with the Cinematic Designers to figure out what actions need to be recorded by the actors at the motion capture studio (you know, that place where people wear skin-tight suits with ping pong balls all over them). For this particular scene, we needed the player character to Force Push some guards away and slay a couple of Hutts. Each human’s action, from the player character thrusting his hand forward to the guards getting knocked to the ground, is then captured individually. You can’t exactly throw a human actor into a Jabba suit and expect to get a good result, so in this case the Hutts were animated by hand.

Check out the full behind the scenes look here.

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