Switch Hitting : back to Mr. Potter

great meetings with the Studios in Hollywood. Put some post-demo polish on the Star Wars featurette, now it may be time to revisit Harry Potter in his most awesome game of Wizard Chess VR. Remember BattleChess? You ain’t seen nuthin yet.

Early early pre-viz:

Harry Potter Wizards Chess VR

scene recreation, v0.03

Harry Potter Wizards Chess

Wixards Chess, still from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. © Warner Brothers

our first task is to do the basic “blocking” on the scene. For this we use simple capsules as stand-ins for the actors. Once all the gross movement is accounted for, then we swap in the high resolution humanoid models, and slowly add in actual gestures / movements / walks / hands / head animations, lip sync, and even eye gaze, aka dristi.

Harry Potter Wizards Chess

character stand-ins for basic scene blocking

Harry Potter Wizards Chess VR

Harry Potter Wizards Chess, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone © Warner Brothers

Onward.

We don’t always use hand control at dSky, but when we do… we choose Hydra

Madame Hydra

Yes, Marvel did have video long before the Avengers re-start. Oh, good ole G.I. Joe…

With Hydra, we get to use BOTH our hands in VR,
just like Madame Hydra here…

Keeping it simple... because the best part of the hydras is... you move your hands, and your VR hands... well, they move precisely where they should.

Keeping it simple… because the best part of the hydras is… you move your hands, and your VR hands… well, they move precisely where they should. Buttons not included.

and here are the hydras at play: