Virtual Actors/Digital Doubles and the Independent Filmmaker
Chesney, Karen May
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Visual Effects
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Visual Effects
Works cited: pages 53-55.
Includes student's film "Flight".
"This thesis focuses on the existence of and the need for virtual actors and digital doubles in film and television and how small studios and independent filmmakers now have access to technology that grants them the ability to utilize virtual actors and/or digital doubles to overcome long-standing obstacles that derail filming projects. While not functioning as a how-to document, the thesis looks at the pros and cons of available technology such as 3D scanning and photogrammetry to create virtual actors or digital doubles. In addition, this thesis takes a look at the issues that a small studio/independent filmmaker must consider before, during and after the creation of the virtual stand-ins. The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate the existence and usefulness of technology available for creating a digital double for a small studio or independent filmmaker. Furthermore, the thesis looks into the possible impact this available technology will have on the future of the film and television industry."
Keywords: virtual actor, digital double, independent film, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, visual effects
CHAIR: Stallworth, Clarke
PDF : 55 pages, illustrations (some color)
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