'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' VFX Breakdown of Facial Animation
Though the Michael Bay produced adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mostly left something to be desired (some inexplicably liked it), little criticism could be thrown at the visual effects. The motion-capture performance of the turtles themselves actually looked crisp, realistic and very well done, even if the rest of the film didn't make any damn sense. Now a cool featurette from Wired (via io9) looks at how they were brought to life with motion-capture technology. More specifically, it focuses on how the facial movements of the actors on set were translated to the final computer generated turtles. You'll also find out how the best scene in the film wasn't in the script. We wish more of that creativity was in the film. Watch!
Here's the featurette on the facial motion-capture in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Wired:
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder (William Fichtner) and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Clash of the Titans) and written by Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Paramount Pictures released the film everywhere on August 8th.