Guitar Hero Metallica Characters Are Actually Metallica.

Yeah, you knew the members of Metallica did some motion-capture work for Guitar Hero: Metallica, but did you know they did it while performing every song from the game "live"?

So why didn't they just film them, save themselves a few months of animation work?

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Probably as a courtesy. Digital James Hetfield is far spunkier (and youthful!) than real James Hetfield.

DISCUSSION

jesterspawn
jesterspawn

"So why didn't they just film them, save themselves a few months of animation work?"

Well, that's essentially what they did. I don't mean to be condescending; I assume you have a grasp on how mo-cap works. But yeah, basically, it allowed them to "film them" in a 3d space, thereby eliminating a mind-boggling amount of work.

As time-consuming as it was for them to do cleanup on that many frames of animation, it would have taken exponentially longer to have hand-animated the same duration. I don't even know that you could do a game with that much custom movement and expect to make any profit. Shoot, hand-animating four characters performing for hours with no repetition? You might as well make a feature film if that was the case.