New York, New York — The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) is consistently ranked as one of the top entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world and offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. Most recently, the School has added Organic Motion’s professional markerless motion capture system, OpenStage, to their already world renowned program.
With companies such as Ubisoft Montreal and WB Games utilizing the world’s only professional markerless motion capture solutions, UCLA TFT is looking to stay ahead of the curve by giving their students and faculty access to the latest and greatest in motion capture technology.
“It is very important that we expose our students to the types of technologies and applications they will be using in the real world,” explains Jeff Burke, Assistant Dean of Technology and Innovation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “Integrating markerless motion capture into our curriculum and production activities will give our students a hands-on experience with a next generation technology.”
In addition to being a futuristic technology, the OpenStage system is also the easiest to use motion capture system currently available on the market today. UCLA TFT students and faculty can use the system with little or no need for a technician. Moreover, the time saved by not having to put on suits and calibrate markers will allow all of their students to participate in the motion capture process.
“The ease of use is one of the main reasons we chose OpenStage at this time instead of marker based options,” Burke continues. “Because OpenStage is easy to set up, more time can be spent exploring and learning motion capture related techniques, and focusing on storytelling.”
UCLA TFT also plans on incorporating OpenStage into their research. The Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP) is a joint effort between the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. The lab is currently experimenting with gesture control for educational and cultural applications. It plans on leveraging OpenStage to help develop body-driven interfaces for interactive experiences.
About Organic Motion
Organic Motion is the leading developer of accurate, professional, markerless motion capture systems for game development, animation, life sciences, and military training and simulation. Motion capture is changing and we are leading the way. Systems that require special suits and markers are being displaced by advanced markerless technology that can capture natural, unencumbered motion.
About UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, TFT offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. Our distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, and lighting design, set design, costume design, sound design, Moving Image Archive Studies, and offers PhDs in Theater and Performance Studies and Cinema & Media Studies. For more information, visit www.tft.ucla.edu.
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