Capturing the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Zynga Theater at 699 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103




6:30pm – 7:30pm – Mixer

7:30pm – Presentation

8:30pm – Q&A

9:00pm – Wrap

Online registration is required. No tickets at the door.

SF ACM SIGGRAPH Members and Zynga Employees – $5.00

Non- members – $12

Capturing the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman will discuss the development of a state-of-the-art high-resolution facial performance capture system deployed for the first time on the Ninja Turtles (2014) film. The discussion will also center on advances in full body performance capture (IMOCAP and traditional optical motion capture.)

The presentation will address these subjects with a Director’s point-of-view in mind and will focus on techniques, methodologies, benefits and tradeoffs to various approaches to facial motion capture. From script to principal photography, Helman will discuss what stands to be gained and what’s at stake, the importance of controlling the capture process and how the editor plays a critical role. Finally, he will discuss what to expect on set and what pitfalls to be aware of in advance of the shoot.


Pablo Helman is an 18 year-ILM veteran Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director. He has served as VFX Supervisor in such films as War of the Worlds (2005), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Star Wars: Episode II (2002), and most recently Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). He has also served as Second Unit Director on both Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).


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