[FISEA 1988] Paper: Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann – The Making of a Film with Synthetic Actors


The author explains how to create a film involving synthetic actors and describes in particular the making of the film Rendez-vous a Montreal. The scenario of the film and the construction of actors are presented. The animation of actors is separated into three parts: body animation, hand animation and facial animation. The choreography of the complete film is then explained: decors, cameras, lights and actors.

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  • Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann has pioneered research into virtual humans since around 1980. She obtained several Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in various disciplines (Psychology, Biology and Biochemistry) and a PhD in Quantum Physics (summa cum laude) from the University of Geneva in 1977. From 1977 to 1989, she was a Professor at the University of Montreal in Canada.   miralab.ch/nadia-magnenat-thalmann