Motion capture is making science fiction and fantasy movies more believable than ever. Actors regularly transform into dragons and aliens, putting on skintight suits covered with tiny reference dots to capture even the smallest of movements, making their computer-generated screen personas all that more realistic.
But what about other, less fantastic creatures? When it comes to computer-generated animals, its rare to find dogs that act like dogs, or horses that realistically mimic horses onscreen.
"We thought, humans have been done a lot--but animals have not. It seemed like a very obvious thing to do," Karl Abson, one of the researchers from Bradford University working on the project told BBC News.