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Motion Capture Symposium


Thu 27 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: AUT Auckland - Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: AUT_Colab

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We are please to announce our first ever Motion Capture Symposium.

The aim of the symposium is to foster discussion and debate around the possibilities of Motion Capture as an emerging tool in animation, virtual production, virtual reality and performance, and as an emerging area of academic practice and research.

This one-day event includes panels and presentations from both industry practitioners and emerging academic researchers, plus a showcase of the capabilities of AUT University’s recently commissioned Motion Capture Studio.

We are also thrilled to have Dejan Momcilovic as our keynote speaker for this event. Dejan is Motion Capture Supervisor for WETA Digital, who have been the leading innovators in Motion and Performance Capture in films such as Avatar, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies, and the recent Planet of the Apes franchise re-boot. Check out this overview of the incredible motion capture and visual effects work on Dawn of Planet of Apes:

Programme: (Times subject to change)

9:00am Welcome – Frances Joseph and Fiona Milburn

9:15am Motion Capture Studio Showcase:

1. Body & Facial Mocap, Virtual Camera and Virtual Production demo: Javier Estevez and Gregory Bennett
2. Vicon Pegasus demo – Alex Muir

10:00am Keynote speaker: Dejan Momcilovic (WETA Digital, Motion Capture Supervisor)

Dejan is the Motion Capture Supervisor at WETA Digital. He will talk about the Motion Capture at the production stage and the range of technologies employed for mocap production.

10:45am Morning Tea

11:15am Panel 1: Mocap in Production. Chaired by Fiona Milburn.

Alex Muir (Vicon Motion Systems) Fast asset integration in motion capture with Vicon’s Pegasus. Pegasus is a retargeting and solving tool for the motion capture industry. With Pegasus, anyone can take advantage of the dynamic environment of a game engine, or become fully immersed in one of the many industry leading ergonomic packages.

Csaba Nehez (Flux Animation Studio) Csaba is Head of Production at Flux Animation. He will talk about the studio’s experiences with using motion capture for some of their recent productions.

Alejandro Davila. The Green Fairy Transmedia production. Alejandro Davila, a Digital Storyteller & VFX Lecturer shares his experience in using Motion Capture for creating fantasy worlds in his independent Transmedia production “The Green Fairy”.

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Motion Capture Studio Showcase:

Virtual Reality and Mocap with the Oculus Rift: Stefan Marks and Javier Estevez
Vicon Cara demo – Alex MuirVirtual Reality

2:15pm Guest Speaker. Luisma Lavin (WETA Digital)

Luisma is a motion edit specialist at Weta Digital and will talk about Motion Editing and how they work to integrate Motion Capture into film.

3:00pm Afternoon Tea

3:30pm Panel 2: Research using Motion Capture. Chaired by Frances Joseph

This panel presents academic researchers who are using motion capture in diverse ways and for a range of technical and creative outputs.

Dr Jennifer Nikolai, AUT
The potential of motion capture technology as a conduit to (technology-influenced) methods of making choreographies.

Dr Stefan Marks, AUT
Welcome to the Holodeck. Using Motion Capture to create immersive virtual environments

Miranda Smitheram, AUT (via pre-recorded video)
Dematerialising Fashion. Motion Capture as a tool for creative inquiry in fashion and textile practice.

Jason Kennedy, AUT. TBA

Gregory Bennett, AUT. TBA

5:00pm Wrap up

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