Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Animator: Robert Zemeckis (1952-)

Robert Zemeckis is an American director, producer and screenwriter. who is best known for the 1980's Back to the Future film series, as well as the Oscar-winning live-action/ cartoon film, Who framed Roger Rabbit in 1988. In the 90s, Zemeckis took a more dramatic stance and directed the also Oscar-winner Forrest Gump in 1994.
Although is great sucess in his early films, the latters are the most achieved ones, while Back to the Future already used match moving technique, his recent films take on a recently discovered technique in animation, perfomance capture, where the live-action actor acts as the basic animation, and this animation is transported into a CG Model, who similarly moves like the actor.

Robert Zemeckis was the pioneer of this technique, using it in many of his recent Computer Generated films, such as Polar Express in 2004, Beowulf in 2007 and A Christmas Carol 2009, despite this technique has not being target of good critics as they recall it of creating uncanny and disturbing films, the progress from Polar Express to A Christmas Carol is visible.

Neverthless, a huge achievement in the world of animation, where in the beginning animators opted for stylised movements, nowadays more and more animators believe in animation in a more realistic way.

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