Image courtesy of Centroid
Image courtesy of Centroid

Motion Capture Lab – A Trip to Pinewood Studios

01 March 2012

In preparation for our forthcoming Motion Capture Lab, a three day intensive training programme for filmmakers, Emily Kyriakides (Lighthouse’s Programme Producer) recently went to visit Centroid, our industry partner on the Lab. They’re a motion capture and character animation studio and services provider who have clients in the film, television and video games industries across Europe. By Ikechukwu Onodugo

On arrival at Pinewood Studios, the route to Centroid took Emily along Goldfinger Avenue past warehouses and sound stages with lots of interesting looking film production activity going on. Once at Centroid’s state-of-the-art studio facility (where they’ve captured horses, combat fighters, and even a camel!) she met with some of the motion capture team, including Phil Stilgoe, Centroid’s Operations Director. Now a motion capture veteran of 15 years, Phil has worked on many award-winning movies and games on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Disney’s much anticipated John Carter.

For those who don’t know much about it, motion capture is a process of recording movement and then translating it onto a digital platform. It has a wide range of applications ranging from military to medical uses. In the world of filmmaking, motion capture has been around since the 1970s. Today, Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and many others have been made using motion capture – clearly this exciting technology is very much here to stay.



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