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Animation Summit: Make a Choice: Performance Direction in 'Baldur's Gate 3'

Greg Lidstone  (Performance Director, Larian Studios)

Location: Room 2001, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Mocap and Performance direction have become an increasingly important part of narrative video game development over the past 20 years while players have steadily grown more discerning about digital acting. Larian invests heavily in character performance, and their recent blockbuster 'Baldur's Gate 3' has received rave reviews for the effort. But how did Larian arrive at those performances? How do performance directors help actors make choices when crafting the personality and physical behaviour of characters? How do they redirect and adjust when things aren't going well; inspire and encourage when they are. How do we inform, but not overwhelm and collaborate to build character with our actors? In this session, Larian's Performance Director speaks about techniques and approaches used on 'Baldur's Gate 3' (and built up over 20 years of directing) to prepare and work with actors for memorable performances.


Attendees to this session will be given a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes planning and approaches to directing mocap and performance capture in BG3. There will be discussions of techniques to assist actors in finding their character and how to collaborate effectively on personality and physicality in the booth and on the mocap volume.

Intended Audience

This session is appropriate for anyone in narrative or animation who is currently directing or interested in directing performance capture or works with data from these sessions. In addition, anyone who was inspired by BG3 and wants a better understanding of the effort that went into the performances of the citizens of Faerûn should enjoy the stories behind the stories of BG3.

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