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  • Writer's pictureBen Sainsbury

Mancopolis Previs

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

Tool in action

This is an image that came out of our first previs session with MR Camera.

Photo Credits: Ania Pankiewicz - photo 3D Artwork: Chris Clemes

MR Camera Kit:

The tech we are using so far in this project is:

  1. Magic leap headset : - it allows you to see augmented 3d assets inside a real space  (realistic holograms that are placed in real space).

  2. The Rokoko motion capture suit: - this allows us to create 3D animations in real time.

  3. Unreal Game Engine: The hands down game engine winner for virtual film production:

The advantage of having the talent (actors) in the Magic Leap is they get to see the CG Computer Graphic elements thru the headset during the motion capture process. This means that they can realistically react to dragons, aliens, zombies that they will see in the headset rather than imagining them on a green screen set.


As we build the MR Camera tool we want to solve real world production problems that would come up from the logistics of shooting a film. We came up with a script for a film called Mancopolis - a post apocalyptic dystopian story that takes place in Manchester England after an alien invasion. Its inspired by the Coronavirus hysteria that we can see outside our office window and on the BBC, and a poem by John Cooper Clarke called "I Married a Monster From Outer Space" :

The days were numbered, the nights were spent In a rent-free furnished oxygen tent Where a cyborg chef served up moonbeams Done super-rapid on a laser beam

Stay tuned for more updates on the MR Camera tool development and the 'Mancopolis' film.

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