Centroid Motion Capture partners with Buckinghamshire New University

By March 31, 2014 TIGA News

Centroid Motion Capture partners with Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University has announced a partnership with international Centroid Motion Capture where it will be a recognised industry partner. The announcement was marked by a visit to Centroid’s headquarters at Shepperton Studios in Surrey by the University’s Senior Management Team, lecturers and students. Centroid has been responsible for motion capture use in hit box office films including Hugo, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Prometheus. Stephen Partridge, Head of Media Production at Bucks New University, said: “Working with such a credible partner is very exciting for the University. Centroid will be supporting research we are carrying out around motion analysis in various subjects.

“As well as being extensively used in the entertainment field, motion capture can also be used for a wide range of sport, health and live performance capture applications, so it has plenty to offer Bucks New University. “During the visit to Shepperton Studios, students were lucky enough to experience what the technology can do first hand.” Bucks New University has taken delivery of its own motion analysis motion capture system, as used by Centroid, which will be used by students on courses in a range of course including Animation, Film, TV, and Performing Arts. Mr Partridge said the technology was originally used in medical areas so may also be used by students in the University’s Faculty of Society & Health, which includes Nursing.  

Phil Stilgoe, Managing Director at Centroid, said the partnership was a valuable step in equipping students with industry-standard skills.He said:

“Until recently motion capture pipelines were not taught in universities which meant finding crew who could hit the floor running in a professional environment was almost impossible. “Fortunately this has begun to change and here at Centroid we feel it’s important to pass on the wisdom of our experience to those who want to learn. Centroid was introduced to Bucks New University through a mutual friend at Pinewood Studios.

“After visiting the University’s campus and discussing its courses, development plans and ambitions, we knew this was a university of the future and the right kind of environment to invest our time and expertise as an industry partner.”

Bucks New University BA (Hons) Dance and Fitness and BA (Hons) Dance and Performance students, wearing motion capture suits containing markers to capture their movement, performed a routine when the University’s Senior Management Team visited Centroid, to illustrate the capability of the motion capture equipment.

Editor’s notes

Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates. The University has a state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway, which comprises a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms. It also offers a growing provision of student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a thriving base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London. Its alumni include television star Noel Fielding and London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic medallists Naomi Riches and Chloe Rogers, and it has bestowed honorary degrees on well-known figures including Fern Britton, Terry Wogan and England Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio. Website: bucks.ac.uk

For further information, details and images contact Dean Valler, Communications Officer at Buckinghamshire New University, on 01494 601 636 or 07920 212 937 or email dean.valler@bucks.ac.uk.


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