“SIGGRAPH 2009 Featured Speakers: “The Spine” and Psychologically Driven Animation” by Landreth

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    SIGGRAPH 2009 Featured Speakers: "The Spine" and Psychologically Driven Animation



    Academy Award-winning director of “Ryan”

    Chris Landreth shows his latest short film, “The Spine”, and talks about his approach to modeling and animating the complexities of the film’s characters. He explores the “Uncanny Valley” (the “creepy” effect of making CGI characters that are too realistic) and how “The Spine” attempts to avoid this problem. He also shows how his animators used a Method-acting approach to mick subtle gestures, ticks, and micro-expressions in their characters’ faces and bodies, and explains how his crew balanced realism and stylization to create characters who are Uncanny in a positive way.

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