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And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain


The Academy said the new motion-capture technology pushes "the boundaries of visual fidelity and productivity for character facial performances in motion pictures."

A Disney Research computer programmer received a Technical Achievement Oscar for his work on motion-capture technology.

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Disney Research computer programmer Derek Bradley, from Smith Falls in Ontario, Canada, won a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for his work on motion-capture technology used in the film "Avengers: Infinity War."

According to the Academy, Bradley and colleagues designed and engineered a program that "captures exceptionally dense animated meshes without markers or makeup, pushing the boundaries of visual fidelity and productivity for character facial performances in motion pictures."

Bradley said with the Medusa Performance Capture System, "An actor can come and sit in a chair, and we have a number of different cameras...focusing in on the face—typically around eight. Our technology will take the videos and turn [them] into a [three-dimensional], digital version of the actor's face, tracking every little pore and wrinkle as it deforms over time."

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