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The believability of hyper realistic characters in animated movies.

Hetherington, Richard

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Richard Hetherington



Abstract

In a pilot study, participants were asked to watch sets of short movie excerpts featuring performances of a human actor, and 5 animated characters of varying human likeness and eeriness. After viewing, scales were used to estimate the believability of certain visual, motion and aural character traits and to gain an overall impression of how believable a character was perceived as being. Qualitative data relating to viewers assessments of character believability were also collected and analysed.
The believability of facial and bodily appearance and movement was less in all the animated characters compared with the human actor, and perceptions of these characteristics for the more humanlike animated characters showed greater variability than those for a non-humanlike, eerie character and the human actor. However, overall perceptions indicated that all characters tested were regarded as believable rather than unbelievable, and that they were able to achieve some form of emotional engagement with most of the participants. Analysis of qualitative data indicated that other factors were important in influencing the judgement of character believability, particularly context, which could operate inside or outside the movie. These findings are discussed in relation to the criteria viewers use to determine the believability of animated characters, and future work is proposed to examine the importance of character believability in relation to the animated movie as a whole.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Multimedia, Interaction, Design and Innovation - International Conference
Start Date Jun 29, 2015
End Date Jun 30, 2017
Publication Date Jun 29, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 29, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/2814464.2814478
Keywords Make-believe; hyper-realistic; animation; uncanny; character; context;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/8708
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2814464.2814478
Contract Date Jun 15, 2015

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