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- n. A completely computer-generated character who appears in a film or work of a similar medium; a virtual actor.
When a serious actor of his stature says "Who needs actors anyway?", his sardonic expression says more than any special-effects "synthespian" ever could.
The word "synthespian" was coined by Jeff Kleiser.
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.
A year later, the pair created a short film Don't Touch Me, featuring a singing synthespian named Dozo.