Out Of This World Motion Capture By Vicon For Smash Hit Film Gravity


Framestore invests in 16 Vicon T40 cameras to enable unbeatable pre-visualisation for space scenes in Hollywood blockbuster, Gravity

Last Updated: November 25, 2013 1:55 pm GMT
(Oxford, United Kingdom--November 25, 2013) Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, defence, life sciences and engineering industries, announced today that its T-Series motion capture cameras were used on acclaimed 3D science fiction thriller and space blockbuster, "Gravity."

Gravity was directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who dramatically survive the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and attempt to return to Earth. It was released on 3 October in the US - achieving a record-breaking opening weekend - and 8 November in the UK.

Framestore invested in the T40 cameras and integrated them with Blade – Vicon’s innovative data capture and data processing system – to help create complex and extremely realistic visual effects. ‘The pinpoint accuracy of today’s motion capture cameras have given directors the confidence that they can now deliver on their creative vision,’ said Imogen Moorhouse, CEO, Vicon.

As Mark Hughes said in a Gravity review for Forbes, ‘you’ve never seen anything like the visual experience of this film. It’s akin to the visual effects leaps represented by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, and Avatar. So realistic and breathtaking, in fact, that you’ll forget you’re watching special effects, and feel as if the movie were actually shot in space.’

‘This was Framestore’s most ambitious project to date and involved working with world class actors. So the motion capture had to be in the same league, with to-the-point accuracy and the best post-processing flexibility. Equally, it was important that the crew were familiar with the technology and it would work exactly as expected. The Vicon cameras enabled outstanding clarity and realism in an unfamiliar environment, making the unknown appear familiar and believable,’ said Ben Guthrie, motion capture supervisor at Framestore.

Moorhouse concluded: ‘It’s great to see the extraordinary results that have been achieved by Framestore using Vicon technology. They should be truly proud of their work on Gravity and we are delighted that they will be using our system on another hotly anticipated sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.’

About Vicon
Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems and match-moving software. It serves customers in CG animation, film, visual effects, computer games, broadcast television, as well as engineering and life sciences industries.

Vicon is a subsidiary of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group - LSE: OMG), plc., a group of technology companies that produces image understanding solutions for the entertainment, defence, life sciences and engineering markets. Other holdings include: 2d3, a manufacturer of specialised image understanding software for defence applications; Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management; and OMG Life, a new consumer subsidiary.

Among many others, Vicon and OMG global clients include:

Entertainment: Audiomotion, The Imaginarium, Quantic Dream, SEGA, Konami, Activision, Sony, Dreamworks, ILM and USC

Life sciences: Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre - Oxford, Headley Court, University of Western Australia, Adidas, Digital Human Research Centre - Japan, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Shriners, Marquette, UMich and Red Bull

Engineering: European Space Agency, BMW, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa, ETH Zurich, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, NRL, UPENN GRASP, MIT, Ford and General Motors

For more information about OMG and its subsidiaries, visit: http://www.omgplc.com, http://www.vicon.com, http://www.vicon.com/boujou, http://www.moves.com, http://www.2d3sensing.com, http://www.yottadcl.com or http://www.autographer.com.


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