Performance capture: New wave or dreaded tsunami?

ALLOW me to digress from my usual dissection of a cinematic work to ruminate on a subject that has created a deep impact on the movie industry.

No, it’s not whether Jason Statham will play the villain in “Fast & Furious 7,” although that has fuelled intense speculation. I’m talking about the strange new world of performance capture.

Simply put, performance capture is digitally borrowing the emotional expressions of a human actor to bestow humanlike attributes on a computer-generated image or CGI. Read more