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Mimic Productions is a Berlin based animation studio specializing in Digital Faces, Digital Doubles, Motion Capture, Scanning and other 3D services to a large number of industries.

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MP Mimic Productions GmbH

Gericht Strasse 35

13347 Berlin

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© MP Mimic Productions GmbH 2020

Registered in the commercial register of the Charlottenburg Magistrate's Court

Registration Number: HRB 151809

VAT Number: DE290504486

Managing Directors: David Bennett & Hermione Mitford

Accurate and highly organic motion capture - bringing your 3D character to life!

Take a look at our Mocap Reel below, as well as the following motion capture and animation services we offer, for both the face and body:

MOTION CAPTURE + ANIMATION

 

FACIAL MOTION CAPTURE + ANIMATION

FACIAL MOTION CAPTURE 

Our Founder was the Manager of the Facial Motion Capture Department for multiple blockbuster movies, such as Avatar, Tin Tin and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, to name a few... So naturally, one of our biggest strengths is in facial motion capture and animation. We can capture uniquely subtle movements, as well as highly dynamic expressions - from a simple blink to the complexity of emotive lip synchronization.

Our facial mocap services include the use of wireless Head-Mounted Cameras (or HMC) which can be used in conjunction with our Optical Body Motion Capture system, enabling us to capture both the body and facial data simultaneously. This system ensures that your actors full performance is accurately captured in a single moment.

The Mimic team preparing Steven Gätjen for body and facial mocap

REAL-TIME FACIAL ANIMATION

Do you have a 3D concept which includes the immediate capture of a live facial performance, to be instantly applied in real-time onto a 3D model?  Mimic works with the best tools and software currently available in the production of real-time facial animation. We can guide you through the development process and facilitate your live event. Whether needed for holograms,  digital communication or live projections, we are here to help.

Steven Gätjen in our head mounted camera for facial motion capture

FACIAL ANIMATION

Each face is different, hence every project should be too. At Mimic, we work only with the world’s best facial analysis algorithms, and, as we are not afraid to be inventive, we are constantly adapting and reworking our tools to ensure we animate our facial performances with accuracy and realism.

Our facial animation services also include facial mocap "clean-up" - essentially taking the captured performance and ensuring that every unique element is retained. This can include organic and beautiful details, such as a deep breath through the nostrils, a nervous swallow, or the rolling of eyes underneath closed eye-lids. We believe it is these subtle details that truly give life to you character, and our skilled animators are constantly seeking to honour these organic and real moments in your actors performance.

MORE FACIAL SERVICES AT MIMIC...

Mimic Productions' presentation at Siggraph Asia 2018, a live-feed realtime performance featuring our highly realistic facial animation.

 
 

BODY MOTION CAPTURE + ANIMATION

OPTICAL BODY MOCAP

Motion-capture - or performance capture - greatly simplifies the process of capturing movement, by recording the position of optical markers placed on your actor and faithfully transporting this data onto a 3D skeleton. This information is then re-targeted onto the 3D character of your choice, essentially giving organic movement to a digital being.

Our high fidelity Optical Motion Capture System, can capture high-speed performances, perfect for sports, action or dance sequences. Our reliable systems allow you to forget about the technology and focus solely on your performers, with the assurance that what you see is what you will get. Our OptiTrack system composed of high-speed cameras will track their every move and deliver you very accurate and convincing data, faithful to the performance.

Our OptiTrack mocap system in action!

REALTIME, MARKERLESS BODY MOCAP

If you have a project which requires real-time body performance capture, such as a hologram or live projection, we'd be happy to assist you. Mimic can offer the technical and creative solutions to ensure that your live 3D performance is of the utmost quality. We can offer you the leading wearable inertial motion capture system, XSens MVN Animate for the ultimate ease of real time live performances.  

Our services include pre-production testing, system set-up, technical support and facilitation at the main event.

BODY ANIMATION

Our skilled artists have provided body animation for the most complex movements - from swimming and flying, to object interactions and finger animations. We offer services in the "clean-up" of mocap data, or key-framing. We are equally experienced in both processes, ensuring an efficient process and effective final result.

XSens MVN Animate (behind)

Our wearable motion capture solution for real time performances.

OUR MOTION CAPTURE STAGES

  • Wide-angle high-speed Prime 17W cameras or a wearable inertial motion capture with the Xsens MVN Animate system.

  • Up to 360 frames per second

  • Large capture spaces of 100 to 200 m², from a white-wall studio to a vast warehouse

  • Multiple actors tracked simultaneously and interacting with one another

  • Up to 16 rigid bodies (balls, swords, etc.)

  • Real-time preview of the performance on your 3D character

  • Reference recordings of the session using HD video cameras

  • Fully portable system and adaptable to any location

  • Final quality matching the standards of AAA games and Hollywood movies

OUR BODY MOCAP SERVICES...

 
 

MOCAP PRODUCTION SERVICES

At Mimic, we will guide you throughout your project and manage the entire process, from the initial planning of the capture shoot right through to the final animation clean-ups.

 

  • Mocap space: Just name the time and place and we will be there. Our system is fully portable and adaptable to almost any environment. You don’t have a room? We will find one suitable for your project.

  • Performers: Breathtaking animations require talented actors. We will help you cast the best performers to do the job. You don’t know anyone? We will dip into our database of specialists of all fields.

  • Mocap tracking: At Mimic, we are proficient in optical and marker less mocap tracking. We offer excellent tracking services focused on the highest quality and time efficiency.

  • Mocap solving: We can solve the data in real-time on set or in post to further refine the performance.

  • Motion editing: We provide great motion editing services and excellent animation services to ensure that your vision comes to life.

  • Motion exporting: We can deliver you the final data in any industry standard format (FBX, C3D, Maya, 3dsmax, etc.)

  • Additional Character services: You need more? 3D models, scans, textures, body or facial rigs? You name it, we do it! Feel free to contact us about any additional asset you might need.

On set with Nike Football USA

Mimic body motion capture provided for a Swatch commercial

OUR MOCAP + ANIMATION SHOW-REEL

See our facial and body mocap services in action!  

With clients such as Swatch, Nike and Coke TV, we've motion captured and animated it all, from famous athletes, to show-pony robots and everything else in-between.

 
 

OUR FOUNDERS MOCAP CREDITS

Our Founder, David Bennett, has worked on some of the most advanced Facial Motion Capture movies of all time. His hands-on approach at Mimic ensures that the skills and techniques gained in the film studios are utilized and practiced at Mimic, producing the best mocap data possible for our clients.

NEED MOCAP?

We're based in Berlin, but have the resources to mocap anywhere!

 

If you'd like to know more about our services, please contact us below with some information about your project, and we'll get back to you in a mocap-minute!