If you think lumbering around like an orangutan or leaping around on all fours like a chimpanzee sounds exciting, you may be in luck. Notary told us that he was inspired by the movie to design a carbon fiber arm stilt that he is planning to make available for public purchase:
“So my dad and my brother and I just brainstormed for like three months and did a massive R&D and came up with this super lightweight – it’s carbon fiber. It’s super strong, indestructible. And I’m going to market them. So if you want to get into this, it’s a philosophy. It’s about ease. It’s about grace. It’s about fluidity. It’s about getting centered and being connected and not using too much energy to do things in life. The philosophy is ease and grace of movement and getting in a real great workout at the same time. It’s like swimming on land. So it’s coming out. If you want to get your own! The patent is in process.”
Many people enjoy experimenting with different types of movement – from skateboards, to unicycles, to jumping stilts – so there’s no doubt that Notary’s custom designs will find a market, as well as having potential applications for the future of motion capture in movies and other digital media (video games, for example). With War for the Planet of the Apes lead Andy Serkis still lobbying for motion capture performers to qualify for Academy Awards, it’s fascinating to see the technology and the stunt choreography behind it evolve.