Review | Tom McCarthy’s ‘The Making of Incarnation’ is a mind-bending international caper

“Incarnation,” for those stumbling over the title, is the name of a movie — “a grand space opera in the Star Wars mould, with princesses, kidnappers, pirates, smugglers.” The design of its special effects is the ostensible subject of many of the book’s chapters, vignettes in which bodies both human and machine provide the blueprints for mega-budget illusion. The company consulting on this work is Pantarey Motion Systems, a high-tech outfit whose motion studies have had applications not only in medical, military and sporting simulations but also in CGI. (The name presumably derives from “panta rhei,” a phrase usually attributed to Heraclitus that means something like “everything flows.”)

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