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Brighton Motion Capture technology suite enables next generation of visual effects artists

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A Brighton educational facility is leading the UK with the most sophisticated Motion Capture suite in the country.

The Institute for Contemporary Theatre (ICTheatre) is one of the UK’s most advanced educational institutions for theatre, film and the arts. The newly installed motion capture suite allows students to create realistic holograms of performers at its campus in Portslade.

Motion Capture has recently received huge coverage 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.

Mia Bird, founder and creative director of ICTheatre said; “Our students start to work in front of the camera from week one, they spend time learning in our Motion Capture Suite, they engage with a range of vocal and physical styles, they have voice-over classes, work on their own podcasts, do applied and immersive theatre.

“All this is not offered at the expense of rigorous training, they still have a thorough training in the core elements, however we need to make sure that our students graduate with skills that will find them employment.

“We run regular workshops and taster sessions so that young people can come in and experiment with motion capture and get a unique insight into how it works.”

Julian Stoneman, Patron, ICTheatre added: “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.”

ICTheatre empowers people who want to work in the vast world of theatre & film. Through regular industry advisory panels with leading experts, ICTheatre is built on excellent traditions of training but its courses are developed to stimulate fresh skills that speak to the industry as it is today.

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