Digital Puppetry

Digital Puppetry

The Dan Clark Company worked with The Jim Henson Company to create this virtual puppet concept test using the Henson Digital Performance System. The Henson Digital Performance Company (JHCS) is a powerful system that allows an exceptional base of performers and creators to work their magic with CG characters.HDPS provides immediate real-time performance of 3-D generated characters by a puppeteering system, allowing an unprecedented level of spontaneity, quality and interactivity. Through a combination of proprietary hardware and software, HDPS allows a puppeteer (or one primary puppeteer plus assistants) to perform live 3-dimensional computer graphics.
 
The system consists of three major components: mechanical hand controls, a control computer, and a digital puppet workstation which renders the live on-screen image of the character. The final product allows animation to be composited into computer-generated environments in real-time. The system’s animated characters are therefore also “directable”, like actors, and the animation can thus be used as a pre-visualization tool as well as a final product. The animation can be broadcast, or streamed, taking advantage of either local digital networks or the global internet infrastructure. The animation can also be applied to many mediums, including web-broadcasting, computer games, television and film.
HDPS has recently been contracted for application in live event presentations, commercials, feature film visual effects, and game development, as well as The Jim Henson Company’s upcoming television production Frances. Enjoy! Check it out HERE!   

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