Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Dead-Eye Syndrome

Dead-eye syndrome is a condition in computer generated films where the human characters appear artificial and creates a doll-like feeling to the characters, sometimes projecting there is no humanity in their eyes. This problem typically arises with computer generated characters made using motion capture technology. Since so much of human expressivity is determined by eye and eyelid movement, and since motion capture is unable to capture such subtle gradations, computer characters' eyes seem fixed and dilated, giving the feeling that the characters, though in motion, are dead.

Though it was not the first film to use motion capture technology, The Polar Express is generally regarded as the first film where the dead-eye syndrome was most noticeable and most distracting.

Notes: ^ a b "Quint has your first look inside the offices of Robert Zemeckis' BEOWULF!!!", Ain't It Cool News (February 7, 2006) by Eric Vespe;
Electrooculography; Uncanny Valley; Beowulf (2007 film); The Polar Express (film); Electroretinography. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Dead-eye_syndrome". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.

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