Deadpool Movie – Greg LaSalle Interview (Colossus Facial Motion Capture Performer)

In 2014, Greg starred in his first feature as an actor in Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb, playing August Ceasar opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Robin Williams in his final on-screen role.  He followed this performance with his on-screen debut in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, with the aid of new breakthroughs in motion capture that fully embodied his facial expressions and performance in the character of Colossus, the surprisingly gentle 7 and a half foot tall metallic powerhouse.

 

As a veteran of facial motion capture performance, his work has appeared in over two dozen productions, including Marvel’s The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity and both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films.  A member of visual effects house Digital Domain, Lasalle and his team won a Technical Achievement Award at the 87th Academy Awards for the innovative design and development of the MOVA Facial Performance Capture system.  He also shares ownership on several patents for facial capture.

 

LaSalle’s early career spanned from teaching and performing music and owning a successful chain of music stores, to writing music for and editing children’s videos.  Following his studies at the Berklee School of Music, he relocated to San Francisco and later Los Angeles to help develop the technology that has revolutionized motion and facial capture in films today.

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