I have an older artist friend who used to perform a Victorian puppet show in the eighties with hand crafted Marionette’s. I sat through one of his performances captured on film and found it very amusing and creative and really kind of a beautiful lost form of theater. I’ve always been intrigued by what I saw and inspired to one day replicate the performance in 3D.
Creating a rigged Marionette is no laughing matter however, and all my attempts were in vain. Recently though I caught eye of the new Leap Motion device and started to wonder if it would be useful for capturing such a performance in real time. LeapMotion link.
Seems a long shot, but if a simple hand rig could be controlled by the motion of the fingers, a carefully rigged set of constraints/springs/dynamic spline could theoretically control a low polygon rig, transferable to the final design at a later stage. My friend has expressed interest in capturing his performance and personally I think it would be a hit as a short vintage style film.
Anyway, I’m just ranting about an idea. I wonder if anybody has gotten there hands on the Leap motion device and had a chance to experiment with it in Cinema 4D. I’ve per-ordered one, but can’t speak of its usefulness in C4D. But if anybody else is interested in developing a plugin once the device is available, I’d love to hear from you.