Another great mocap talk this time from Stuart Haskayne, Studio Manager at Centroid Motion Capture in Shepperton Studios. Centroid 3D boasts one of the industry’s largest and most advanced facilities available today and has worked on many of the top films and games.
This time we learned all about the ins and outs of running a full commercial mocap session both in the studio and on location. At the cutting edge of high-end of motion capture, extraordinary feats of capture are possible including capturing full basketball teams or horses and camels with bespoke portable systems (and made-to-measure camel suits!)
Centroid 3D is one of our industry partners and help us to keep our teaching current as well as providing us with great opportunities like this talk. As part of our Motion Capture Career Route, we are hoping to include a visit to Shepperton Studios to see Centroid’s facilities in our programme for next academic year.
For more information on the Motion Capture Career Route, click the Motion Capture tab at the top of the page.
Simon Kay, Mocap Supervisor at Double Negative gave us a great talk today all about his motion capture work on some great films. We learned all about mocap for crowd simulations, facial capture, mocap as a blocking out tool for key frame animation and mocapping camels for the sci-fi film John Carter.
Our new Motion Capture Career Route will be teaching mocap using up-to-date systems – much of the work done at Double Negative uses the same equipment and techniques we use at theCollegeCGI. We look forward to working closely with Simon and continuing to develop our course to stay at the cutting edge of mocap technology to make our course the go-to place for students who want to enter this exciting field.
Simon (a.k.a. @Mo_Cappy) has his own website mocappys.com with some great tutorials on motion capture. Do visit it – and then come and study with us to get the hands-on experience.
This year’s show produced serious results for some serious students (see how serious they look!).
We had 111 guests through the door, including 20 different companies. This resulted in 19 interviews and 6 direct job offers and a placement offer. 3D World will be publishing an article in their on-line journal, Creative Bloq, about a selection of our best students at the show. Also, the show has produced three firm offers of guest speakers for the coming year and a visit to a significant architectural visualisation studio in London. Not bad for a day’s work!
Keep up-to-date on this blog to see how these all pan out next year.
Professional breakdancer, Shangomola Edunjobi, does some sick moves in our motion capture suit. Another mocap session organised by one of our BSc animation students. Keep an eye on the blog for the finished project in June.
It’s not just the animators who have cool toys to play with – our BSc modellers are currently 3D scanning a real Spinosaurus (toy) with our 3D laser scanner. Next they have just have to apply materials and make it animatable. Stay tuned for updates…
Thanks to Greg Nagy from the Train Hard Parkour Project in Poole for coming and doing some motion capture (mocap) with us. Our BSc students get to use the mocap suits for their main project and animation coursework. This time Chris Hill invited Greg to do some Parkour stunts for his free-running / floating asteroid project (see completed animation on this blog in June).
Students Chris Hill and Olly Pettitt with Greg Nagy (right) and Dan Parry (left) from Train Hard.