When I first came up with the idea to do the movie I thought this would be a perfect movie to really do what our advanced motion capture can do now, because it was made for this story, where you know you want to have these dolls come to life, but you want to make sure that you have the essence of the actor’s performance and their emotion in those dolls.
It’s interesting because the one thing that they didn’t have to do is act like dolls. You could see that they were dolls, so that was taken care of, so they just acted like real actors.
[The face work is] all done virtually, digitally, all using the digital cinema. Basically we just capture the actor’s face with these really powerful 6K cameras, and then, the way I describe it, we digitally wrap their face around the doll’s head.
It’s just getting more and more refined. We just have more and more horsepower. We can do more things, can make the images look more life-like if you want to, or not. It’s just becoming easier and easier to use… The only shortcoming that needs to be overcome is just more powerful computers, and they’re getting more powerful every day. The digital cinema… you can create any image now. You’re only limited by your imagination.