Drama school installs most sophisticated motion capture suite in UK

The technology suite is designed to bring on the next generation of visual effects artists

The Institute for Contemporary Theatre (ICTheatre) in Brighton has recently installed a suite featuring some of the most sophisticated motion capture technology.

The newly installed motion capture suite allows students to create realistic holograms of performers.

Motion Capture has received global acclaim with the launch of ABBA Voyage. ABBA performed in motion capture suits for five weeks and used more than 160 cameras that scanned their movements and their facial expressions. The technology works by creating reference points on the body which can then be used by visual effects artists to create avatars.

ICTheatre says the installation makes it one of the UK’s most advanced educational institutions for theatre, film and the arts.

ICTheatre patron Julian Stoneman managed/produced Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages and has won Laurence Olivier, Tony and WhatsOnStage Awards. He was also instrumental in bringing ABBA’s Mamma Mia the musical to the stage.

He said: “It is more important than ever to be future forward and equip young people to work in the broad business of theatre and film.

“With an emphasis on the film industry, ICTheatre’s motion capture suite is a powerful resource in creating the next generation of visual effects artists who are going to pioneer Motion Capture in the future.

“We are at the start of an incredibly exciting time with this technology which is going to revolutionise some elements of live performance and expand the possibilities of what we have imagined before.”

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