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  • n. A completely computer-generated character who appears in a film or work of a similar medium; a virtual actor.


Blend of synthetic and thespian. (Wiktionary)


  • When a serious actor of his stature says "Who needs actors anyway?", his sardonic expression says more than any special-effects "synthespian" ever could.

    Creepy Williams In One Hour Photo

  • The word "synthespian" was coined by Jeff Kleiser.

    Science Fiction in the News

  • Intrigued by the potential of motion capture to link natural human motion to our synthetic characters, we created Don't Touch Me, a music video piece that premiered at SIGGRAPH 1990 in which singer/songwriter Perla Batalla was optically motion captured (by Motion Analysis in Santa Rosa, CA) to drive a singing synthespian called Dozo.

    Science Fiction in the News

  • A year later, the pair created a short film Don't Touch Me, featuring a singing synthespian named Dozo.

    Science Fiction in the News


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  • Seems to be a computer-generated image of an actor used in place of the actor when filming stunts

    June 5, 2009

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    October 6, 2008