After many weeks of hard work, Studio A is really taking shape. Located in the lower level of Dunbar Hall, the 3200 square foot studio now houses our Vicon Motion Capture system, giant green screen and stereoscopic 3D projection screens.Open hours for this semester are Mondays and Wednesdays 12noon-5pm and Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-5pm. Please stay tuned for our grand opening in March.
I recently helped out Image Movers Digital as they work to create Robert Zemeckis' new motion capture feature, A Christmas Carol (due in 2009). They had located our work via a web search and were looking to employ some of the same MIDI and stereoscopic techniques we developed for Doctor Faustus. I was happy to help and I hope to be able to visit their studio in the near future.
Late Summer saw the release of two national magazine articles . The first appeared in the prestious American Theatre Magazine, which as a rule does not even cover University productions. The second was huge 5-page spread in Live Design magazine, which included several wonderful photographs.
From June 24 - June 28 WMU hosted the annual conference for The CORPS de Ballet International, a professional organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. With our own David Curwen serving as President of Corps, we decided to give the attendees a chance to experience our technology first hand.
In addition to hosting several presentations on motion capture and stereo3D, we also gave participants the opportunity to become mocap performers themselves. Three brave souls donned the lycra-n-dots, and the results can be seen by clicking the video links to the right.