Pictured: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as you've never seen them before... wearing hi-tech motion capture suits for film reboot



Fans of the cartoon and live action
movies will remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for their bright
green larger than life presence and quirky personalities. 


But the superheroes filming in New York on Friday bore little resemblance to their distinctive alter egos.

Actors
Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher and Pete Ploszek sported hi-tech motion
capture suits and helmets as they filmed a battle scene on Friday for
the Michael Bay-produced reboot
.




Superheroes with a difference L - R: Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo on the New York set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



Superheroes with a difference L - R: Noel Fisher
as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as
Leonardo on the New York set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The only details marking their individual characters were coloured armbands which matched their turtle's mask.

Noel
Fisher plays comic relief Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek is leader Leonardo
and Jeremy Howard stars as technological genius Donatello in the movie.


Missing on Friday was fourth Turtle Raphael who is played by Alan Ritchson in the movie.

The
trio appeared to be filming a fight scene, transported in a van by foot
soldiers with chains attached to their ankles and wrists.





Mellow yellow: The trio of actors later donned waterproof yellow capes to protect their expensive suits from the rainy weather



Mellow yellow: The trio of actors later donned waterproof yellow capes to protect their expensive suits from the rainy weather







Battle scenario: The trio filmed a scene where they appeared to have been captured by baddie Shredder's foot soldiers



Battle scenario: The trio filmed a scene where they appeared to have been captured by baddie Shredder's foot soldiers






Hi tech: The special suits worn by Jeremy Howard (left) and Pete Ploszek enable animators to bring the characters to live in post-production


Hi tech: The special suits worn by Jeremy Howard (left) and Pete Ploszek enable animators to bring the characters to live in post-production




Hi tech: The special suits worn by Jeremy Howard
(left) and Pete Ploszek (right) enable animators to bring the
characters to live in post-production




The new scenes are a 21st century update on the three original films, released in 1990, 1991 and 1993 respectively.

For
those movies, the actors wore special suits made of foam rubber latex
created by The Jim Henson Creature Shop in London, with a lighter less
detailed ensemble made for action and stunt scenes.


The Turtle's faces were controlled by motorised cables, located in the creature's shells. 






A little bit different: The Turtles wore Jim Henson designed suits for their second 1991 film The Secret of the Ooze



A little bit different: The Turtles wore Jim Henson designed suits for their second 1991 film The Secret of the Ooze


Nowadays, using the latest technology, dots are placed on the actor's face for computer animators to capture emotional nuances and complex movements.

According to website screenrant.com,
the film aims to bring the Turtles to life using a mixture of real
people and digital character, in a similar method to that used by Avatar
and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. 


It
adds that unusually for motion capture filming,  Friday's shoot took
place outdoors rather than on a closed set, in a technique that was
revolutionised on Rise of the Planet of the
Apes.


The actor's shells also feature motion caption technology and the leading men wore helmets with miniature cameras attached.





Joining the dots: Jeremy Howard's face is covered with tiny dots for motion capture


Joining the dots: Jeremy Howard's face is covered with tiny dots for motion capture




Joining the dots: Jeremy Howard's face is covered with tiny dots for motion capture




Joining the challenge: Several other actors joined the superheroes in motion capture suits, although the lead characters wore helmets with microphones



Joining the challenge: Several other actors
joined the superheroes in motion capture suits, although the lead
characters wore helmets with miniature cameras





Held in chains: The group of masked men appeared to be transporting three of the 'Turtles'



Held in chains: The group of masked men appeared to be transporting three of the 'Turtles'




Producer Michael Bay is confident that the new technology will pay off when the film is released next year.

'When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done' he said.

'These
turtles [in the reboot] are from an alien race, and they’re going to be
tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable,' he added, hinting at the
buzzed about plot.





Intense experience: The group of actors looked highly focussed as they took a break from shooting



Intense experience: The group of actors looked highly focussed as they took a break from shooting 










High drama: It looked like the actors were protecting their 'shells' from the wet weather as they filmed the scene



High drama: It looked like the actors were protecting their 'shells' from the wet weather as they filmed the scene







Computer genius: The actors' shells were adorned with a triangular pattern and what appeared to resemble QR codes



Computer genius: The actors' shells were adorned with a triangular pattern and what appeared to resemble QR codes


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in 1984 as a comic book before being turned into a cartoon in 1987.



The latest film version will be directed by Jonathan
Liebesman, who helmed Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles, and The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.


Megan Fox plays the Turtles plucky companion April O'Neill, with Danny Woodburn as the Turtles adoptive father Splinter.






Wheely svelte: Megan Fox showed off her shapely legs as she filmed a scene as April, the courageous Turtles companion


Wheely svelte: Megan Fox showed off her shapely legs as she filmed a scene as April, the courageous Turtles companion



Wheely svelte: Megan Fox showed off her shapely legs as she filmed a scene as April, the courageous Turtles companion
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