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Vicon’s Motion Capture Bears Fruit for ‘Paddington’

Vicon T40 cameras enable VFX house Framestore to carry out quality previsualization for marmalade loving bear Paddington.

Oxford, UK -- Motion capture specialist Vicon has announced that its T-Series motion capture cameras were used on the recent feature film adaptation of Paddington.

Directed by Paul King and co-written by original creator Michael Bond, Paddington was released in the U.S. on January 16, and held the number-one spot at the U.K. box office for two consecutive weeks. The film follows Peruvian bear Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw, as he journeys to London and finds a new home with Henry Brown (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). 

VFX house Framestore employed Vicon’s T40 optical camera system to explore the movement of Paddington bear during the preproduction and previsualization stages. The system provided the animation team with real-time feedback and allowed them to visualize and develop the interactions between the cast and the animated bear.

“The Vicon cameras enabled us to act out entire scenes in real time during the previsualization stages,” said Framestore’s motion capture supervisor Gary Marshall. “This provided us with the flexibility to guide the creative process and produce key poses and illustrate movement with greater accuracy. Using the system gave the team instant feedback on what scenarios were working well in a shot, and also how the timing and performance of the different mocap performers vastly affected the character of the bear - ultimately advancing the character development of Paddington.”

“We’re very proud to have been involved with the development of such an iconic character,” said Vicon CEO Imogen Moorhouse. “It’s great to see the lovable Paddington Bear bought to life by Framestore with the help of Vicon technology.”

Source: Vicon

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.