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Computer Science Workbench

Synthetic Actors

in Computer-Generated 3D Films

Authors: Magnenat Thalmann, Nadia, Thalmann, Daniel

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This book presents the making of computer-generated films using three-dimensional synthetic actors. It is based mainly on the production of the film Rendez-vous a Montreal, an animated film that uses advanced computer techniques to achieve such effects as reincarnating film stars Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe. The main purpose of Rendez-vous a Montreal is to show that true synthetic actors can be created. This fllm represents a technological breakthrough which opens up new vistas in motion pictures, television, and advertising. With this technique, it will now be possible to produce short fllms or motion pictures featuring any celebrity in any situation. The book explains in detail how such a film can be produced using numerous drawings and color pictures. In particular, the following topics are presented: - Preparation of object construction: documentation search, and plaster models preparation - Object construction: digitizing and modeling - Body animation - Hand animation and object grasping - Facial animation: expressions, phonemes and emotions - Choreography: decors, actors, cameras, and lights - Realism: colors, lights, shading, shadows, and textures - Image recording: special effects Finally, an extensive appendix describes in detail the HUMAN FACTORY system.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • How to Make a Film with Synthetic Actors

    Thalmann, Nadia Magnenat (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Three-Dimensional Construction of Synthetic Actors

    Thalmann, Nadia Magnenat (et al.)

    Pages 9-24

  • Human Prototyping

    Thalmann, Nadia Magnenat (et al.)

    Pages 25-29

  • Body Animation of Synthetic Actors

    Thalmann, Nadia Magnenat (et al.)

    Pages 31-43

  • Hand Animation, Object Grasping, and Foot Animation

    Thalmann, Nadia Magnenat (et al.)

    Pages 45-54

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eBook $109.00
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Softcover $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-75455-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Synthetic Actors
Book Subtitle
in Computer-Generated 3D Films
Authors
Series Title
Computer Science Workbench
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-75453-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-75453-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-75455-5
Series ISSN
1431-1488
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 129
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics