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Tricia Helfer gets graphic with visual computing

Tricia Helfer gets graphic with visual computing

Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer talks about how visual computing affects her role as an actor. Cardboard cutouts and tennis balls help her to visualise things.

Actress Tricia Helfer, famous for her role as Cylon Number Six in Battlestar Galactica joined Jen-Hsun Huang on stage during his keynote to talk about how visual computing affects her role in the entertainment industry.

Helfer waltzed onto stage in a tight and rather revealing red dress and towered over Huang. A few corny Tom Cruise jokes later and we were talking about how her role in Battlestar Galactica is influenced by visual computing.

Unsurprisingly, she didn’t have much to say and looked rather blank when Jen-Hsun asked her to talk about technology. Helfer decided to talk about the challenges of acting with virtual characters and explained how some of the scenes for Sci-Fi Channel’s hit show were filmed.

She apparently gets through these often difficult to film scenes by talking to tennis balls or cardboard cutouts of yet-to-be computer generated characters. Helfer added that acting with multiple versions of yourself is also pretty hard too – I’ll take her word for it.

Interestingly, Helfer admitted that she was scared of virtual worlds in general and felt uncomfortable with the idea of being modelled in 3D.

The idea that you’re just being created and your soul isn’t there. What you put into the character isn’t coming out. It’s a scary thought, it’s a threatening thought in fact,” she said. “But the advantages and uses of it are amazing and I guess we’ll have to get used to it.

To finish off, Helfer revealed that she had “control issues” – I’m not sure what to make of that, but I’ll leave you with some pictures.

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Tricia Helfer gets graphic with visual computing Tricia Helfer gets graphic with visual computing
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Redbeaver 26th August 2008, 21:07 Quote
pictures are good.... hmmmmmm
Liquid K9 26th August 2008, 21:36 Quote
somehow this post has made me like tricia helfer just a little bit less than i did before, and im not sure why
johnnyboy700 26th August 2008, 21:44 Quote
She's certainly eyecatching but it the same way that a bright yellow Ferrari is, it makes me look but I don't necessarily want one. I still think that Grace Park (Boomer/Athena) is far more attractive.

By the way, she's 5ft 10 and probaly wearing big heels so how tall is Jen-Hsun?
UncertainGod 26th August 2008, 21:46 Quote
Odd choice of guest to role out but any more pics of her are always welcome, I hope she gets another good show after BSG ends.
LeMaltor 26th August 2008, 22:01 Quote
Did playboy too guys, get googling :)
Bladestorm 26th August 2008, 23:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by johnnyboy700
She's certainly eyecatching but it the same way that a bright yellow Ferrari is, it makes me look but I don't necessarily want one. I still think that Grace Park (Boomer/Athena) is far more attractive.

Ooh snap! I'm definetely with you on that one. Grace Park is so pretty
LordPyrinc 27th August 2008, 00:48 Quote
They keep Tricia way too doll-ed up on the show. If they were to tone it down a little, I think she would come across even hotter. As it is, most of the time she makes me think of some extremely high priced hooker that only the rich can afford.

Agree with what the above said... Boomer is pretty hot.
woodshop 27th August 2008, 00:51 Quote
cute.. what was this about again?
johnnyboy700 27th August 2008, 09:50 Quote
Re Tricia dolled up, did you prefer the six model that was kept captive on the Pegasus?
UncertainGod 28th August 2008, 00:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by johnnyboy700
Re Tricia dolled up, did you prefer the six model that was kept captive on the Pegasus?

I think there is plenty of room for balance inbetween. I did see a pretty good film a while back with Tricia in it as a dominatrix looking after a runaway cousin and she was smoking hot in that.
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