Realistic Digital Doubles Take the Set for the Latest Kingsman
September 26, 2017

Realistic Digital Doubles Take the Set for the Latest Kingsman

Framestore used motion-capture specialist Vicon’s mocap cameras on the second installment of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Framestore’s Vicon system generated high-quality, accurate data, resulting in faster turnaround times and highly realistic characters.

The spy action comedy starring Colin Firth sees the return of secret agents Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin (Taron Egerton), Roxy (Sophie Cookson) and Merlin (Mark Strong) as they encounter an allied US spy organization fronted by the formidable Ginger (Halle Berry). With the world held hostage and the Kingsman headquarters destroyed, both elite secret services band together to save the world and defeat their ruthless joint enemy.  

Using a 16-camera Vicon system, Framestore was able to create digital doubles for scenes in the film that see a large crowd trapped in a football stadium. The pipeline involved streaming the live mocap data straight into Epic’s Unreal Engine, giving the team and mocap performers real-time feedback, which ensured a wide variety of movements could be captured. This also allowed the performers to see their movements in the context of how they would be seen in the film – ensuring a higher level of character realism.   

“The data captured by the Vicon cameras provides us with great accuracy, and in turn, this gives us the opportunity to be adaptable and try different techniques,” said Richard Graham, capture lab studio manager at Framestore. “During this particular shoot, we mounted a virtual camera to allow our team and our clients to quickly view the performance from any angle. With the cameras generating such high-quality data, we were able to turn around 90 minutes of finished data in 24 hours using our custom-solving pipeline and really minimal manual processing work.”

“With the help of Vicon cameras, Framestore was able to create captivating visual effects for the highly anticipated Kingsman sequel,” said Imogen Moorhouse, CEO, Vicon. “The accuracy of Vicon systems gives customers the ability to turn around content quickly and efficiently experiment with different techniques, and achieve highly realistic results.”