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CG Real Time Digital Performance

 From Medialab Studio LA in 1997
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From January 1997 we were up and running demonstrating the Medialab 'Real time digital performance animation system' at the Medialab Studio LA that we had set up in Burbank.
Lots of Industry professionals came to see us, Studio Executives, Directors, Producers, Special effects people, all sorts.
While projects with NBC and Fox Television (see on this page) got off the ground some very interesting ones didn't, though tantalizingly many nearly happened.'
Among them were projects with the Walt Disney Company, (including
a new 'Winnie the Pooh
') and lots of Disney people from different divisions came to see us until ultimately Joe Roth Disney Studio's President and Dean Valentine Disney Television President turned up together and here I am demonstrating the system to Dean with Donkey Kong.
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in Japan with gifts
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In Los Angeles with road map

 
Working for Medialab and performing the Real Time Animation system all over the world was one of the most wonderful performing jobs we ever had and one of the nicest experiences we ever had too.
We learnt so much,
laughed so much and made some truly great friends.

Helena Smee, in motion capture suit and Marcus Clarke doing vocals with facial animation gloves and controls.

Performing various real time animated CG characters in live presentation and demonstration at CG Osaka Japan.





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A CG solution for today?

Back in 1997, Medialab Studio LA arrived in Hollywood in 3rd rock from the Sun style like something from another planet!

Some of the work then created, as the above demonstrates was way ahead of it's time, ground breaking and truly avante guard.

Introducing and explaining the technology was the bulk of the work then.

Finding the production commitment to applications for the system was though a longer haul than perhaps was predicted?


I don't think I'll ever forget the impact France 2's Children's Saturday morning Show 'Donkey Kong Planet' had on me in 1996. Stood in the Studio watching an animated character beautifully composited interacting in real time in a live studio with a fellow actress presenter.


We are now very interested in re-visiting this technology and are working with a leading developer in Los Angeles to bring a CG RTA Solution to the UK Media Market.
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