At Bucks New University, we really like to facilitate collaborations across the creative industry courses; Over the years, our Performing Arts students have been collaborating with Film, Dance and Fashion students. Currently, Carrie Mueller, Senior Lecturer at the Performing Arts course and Rob Penhaligon, course leader of the Animation course, are facilitating a collaboration between students from their respective courses in order to explore Motion Capture from both the performers and the animator's point of view.
The students from both courses met each other for the first time two weeks ago, with the Animation students introducing the Performing Arts students to the requirements and restrictions of working with Motion Capture. The Performing Arts students responded with creating a series of short movement phrases, which were shared back to the Animation students. With small adjustments and developments, these movements have been captured this Tuesday in our specially equipped studio; over the next two weeks, the animation students will clean up the data and add an animated figure onto the captured movements. These animations will be returned to the Performing Arts students, who will integrate them into an multimedia performance, which will be performed as part of an informal day of intermedial performance work, facilitated by their Performance & Screen module.