Puppeteer - motion capture

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( This is a spin-off from the earlier thread:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi... )

I now came across with a 3D computer animation series from the mid-90s (visual style is a bit like the first Toy Story or some early computer animations) where the early facial motion capture technology has been used. The person (also voice actor for the character) performing the facial motion capture is credited (translated to English) as a "puppeteer".

He doesn't do any body movements in this series, only facial expressions (which are then "joined together" to correspond the character's expressions modeled into the computer beforehand). The problem is that the term "puppeteer" is slightly misleading (or is it...) term alone, since basically this series is about a motion capture (and before you ask, I have seen the making of featurette of this series which explain the process at the time). A bit like this info from Wiki:

"The data recorded by the cameras is then digitized and converted into a three-dimensional computer model of the subject."
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compute... )

Is "motion capture puppeteer" the correct occupation? And if so, does it belong to the "visual effects" section where the system wants it with the message: "Accept move to the 'Visual Effects' section (3 similar credits)"?

Or should it be something like "computer puppeteer"?

Or perhaps simply "puppeteer" (to Misc Crew?)

( One article from 1998 related to the technology - different company and series, though:
https://www.awn.com/mag/issue2.11/2.1... )

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Hi Eboy,

It's an interesting question. We should reflect the credit as it appears on screen, so in this case if the person is credited as "puppeteer" then that is what we should capture in the attribute. It makes sense to list this in the visual effects department for the specific case.

I hope this helps.