We're now deep enough it awards season to say that it looks unlikely 20th Century Fox's campaign to get an Oscar for Andy Serkis won't pan out. That's too bad, since he and Weta Digital created something pretty incredible with Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Still, as motion capture technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, eventually the technique will garner more widespread prestige. These days, even casual film fans are familiar with behind-the-scenes footage of grown men running around in spandex with dots all over it.
A new video entitled "The Future of CGI" argues that the next step in motion-capture implementation is in using it to create inanimate objects. Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, two very funny guys you'll recognize from the MTV sketch series Human Giant, lay themselves, the foremost motion-capture actors who bring random props to life with no movement. The very funny video also includes appearances from directors Jon Favreau and Michael Bay, as well as adulation from fellow thespian Ray Liotta, who says, "A lot of actors have too much ego to play a pole or a mop, but these guys, they take pride in it."
The video debuted at Funny or Die, which you could probably tell based on the FoD player below.
Worth watching for the sight of Huebel and Scheer as Tom Cruise's bowtie alone, but there's also something that makes me giggle about Michael Bay saying, "Why would I want a gun to play a gun when these guys are just better actors than guns?" Then there's Martin Starr showing up as a novice no-motion-capture artist. Also, Scheer as a gun in Shia LaBeouf's clutches. Needs no explanation.
For a little more Huebel and Scheer, here's their Charlie Rose-style interview with Coco Rodriguez, the fictitious star of War Horse: