Is Performance Capture “Live-Action” or “Animation?”

Actors in green suits with ping-pong balls. That’s the idea most people have when you say “motion capture” but we are way past that visual at this point. Technology moves (seemingly) so much faster now than it ever has… so much so that it’s hard to keep up with the terminology, let alone the techniques. I try to solve the question of where “performance capture” falls on the landscape of visual storytelling.