Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students visit the CAMERA studio


As part of our ongoing partnership we recently welcomed students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to the CAMERA Motion Capture Studio at University of Bath. With the development of motion capture and digital production in TV and film we are able to offer these students the chance to try out our motion capture equipment and experience acting in a completely different environment as part of their course.

The team at CAMERA used avatars created in house as part of a World War 2 Dambusters film project to allow the students to act in real time while seeing their avatars moving on screen in front of them. The avatars were created by turning a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force re-enactor and an actor in a Pilot’s outfit into avatars. The actors were digitally body scanned and motion captured and the data captured was used to create two animated digital extras to help populate the digital settings created for the film.

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students were kitted up in mocap suits with optical motion capture markers attached, and one also wore a facial capture headset. They acted out scenes from A Matter of Life and Death, a World War 2 film from 1946, as their movements controlled the avatars on screen in real time.

It was such a pleasure to host the students. We look forward to working together again.

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