Hyper-marionation is Anderson Entertainment's term for an animation technique that consists of three-dimensional computer-generated imagery. It was employed in the production of Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, also called simply New Captain Scarlet.
Origin of the term
When Gerry Anderson began planning the programme that would become New Captain Scarlet, the first detail he realised he would have to consider was that it would not be like the original "Super-marionation" productions which had employed motorised marionettes; that process had long since been abandoned as being too much more expensive than it was worth as he was producing The Secret Service, which was situated in the present day (the only Anderson production of this type ever to be so situated) and marked the beginnings of Century 21 Television And Cinema Productions's transition to live action. It also would not be like Terrahawks, his attempted return to puppetry, which had featured motorised glove puppets in what had been called the "super-macromation" process. Settling on three-dimensional computer-generated imagery, some of which involved motion-capture suits, he coined the term "hyper-marionation" to suggest that it went beyond the limits of super-marionation.
No other Anderson productions than New Captain Scarlet are currently known to have been "hyper-marionated," as it was.
|The cast and crew of OCS and NCS|
New Captain Scarlet