Body language specialist Navarro is well versed in visualising virtual characters, having consulted on animated characters for major film studios like Pixar. “The closer we get to the human experience, the better it is,” he says.
Explaining the challenges that lie in animation. “When I’m emphasising something, I raise my eyebrows – a behavior that defies gravity. Artificial intelligence often can’t grasp a thing like that, nor the reward system between humans. For example, when we’re getting along well with each other and enjoying each other’s company, we reward each other with a very slightly relaxed face. Our pupils dilate and contract. The closer you can get to those kinds of body movements, even the subtle ones, when visualising artificial characters, the more convincingly you can mimic human behavior.”