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AUT Motion Capture Symposium 2015


Mon 23 Nov 2015, 8:45am–6:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: AUT_Colab

Colab in collaboration with The School of Art and Design are pleased to present the second AUT Motion Capture Symposium.

The event will facilitate and 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. The event includes panels and presentations from both industry practitioners and emerging academic researchers, plus a showcase of the capabilities of AUT University’s Motion Capture Lab.

For full up to date information visit the Symposium Event Page -

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Kim Vincs, Director, Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University
Leanne Pooley, Director, 25 April
Flux Animation Studio, Flux website
Luisma Lavin, Lead Motion Editor, Weta Digital

Panel Speakers (more panelists to be confirmed)

Bruce Ferguson – Darkroom
Kurt Bradley & Steve Thomson – Brandspank

Professor Kim Vincs - Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University

Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University’s motion capture studio and performance technology research centre, which she established in 2006. Kim is a choreographer and interactive dance artist who develops new ways of investigating and creating dance using digital technology. Her research brings together scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to develop new ways of creating dance performance.

Leanne Pooley – Director, 25 April

Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers having directed over 20 films. We are especially excited that Leanne has agreed to talk about her latest feature film project 25 April, a 2015 New Zealand animated documentary film about the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign. Motoion Capture for the film was undertaken at the AUT University Motion Capture Lab working with Flux Animation Studio.

Flux Animation StudiO

Leanne’s talk will be followed by a presentation by Flux animation Studio. Flux is a world-class studio with over 20 permanent talented designers, animators and directors producing international commercials, television series and films. Flux worked with Director Leanne Pooley on 25 April to produce the animation for the film which combines traditional hand-drawn animation with 3D animation and motion capture using the Vicon Cara 3D Facial motion capture system at AUT University’s Motion Capture Lab to create a uniquely visual cinema experience.

Luisma Lavin – Lead Motion Editor, Weta Digital

"Motion Edit: An overview of the integration of characters in motion into shots" What happens with motion capture data: from the motion capture shoot to the final shot delivery, making an emphasis on the retargeting process (mapping of data into digital characters), the compositional aspects of motion, problem solving, and lastly, the motion edit most common procedures. Weta Digital is one of the world’s premier visual effects companies. Led by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri, Weta Digital is known for uncompromising creativity and a commitment to developing innovative technology.

Bruce Ferguson – Darkroom

Bruce Ferguson is Creative Director of Darkroom Motion Graphics Studio, which specialises in site-specific video projections and installations. Bruce’s presentation will include a discussion of his involvement with Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima‘s exhibition “Rebirth of the World” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which included motion capture work undertaken at the AUT Motion Capture lab.

Kurt Bradley & Steve Thomson- Brandspank

Auckland-based communications agency Brandspank was chosen to create the official IRB opening sequence to the world feed of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. This production involved taking the AUT Motion Capture system on location to an indoor sports venue and motion capturing rugby players in action.

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