Jul 09

WORKSHOP: Intro to Motion Capture

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About this Event

Elevate your animation with Motion Capture!

Intermediate Animators:

MoCap can be finicky, so you need a little prior animation experience to understand why anybody would want to put up with it.

About the Workshop

Motion capture was exclusively a high-end production tool until 2010, when the Kinect suddenly became the first mocap system ever sold at Best Buy. In the hands of experimental animators, live performance data can be used to explore lots of options beyond traditional character animation, anything from pure visual music to realtime puppetry. In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate the setup and use of a typical Kinect-based capture system, using iPi Studio and Blender–but we can explore other options depending on student interest, for example Unity or Maya. It’ll be important to have some prior animation experience, but you won’t need to already know anything about 3D CG specifically to start doing cool stuff with mocap.

About the Instructor

Nick Fox-Gieg is a researcher, animator, and developer in Toronto. Most recently, he’s been working on XR projects for the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge, NYT T Brand Studio, the University of Waterloo, Google Creative Lab, and Framestore. His awards include a 2017 Engadget Alternate Realities grant, Eyebeam and Fulbright Fellowships, and the jury prize for Best Animated Short at SXSW 2010; his work has also been shown at the Ottawa, Rotterdam, and TIFF film festivals, at the Centre Pompidou, and on CBC TV; his practice has been supported by grants from Bravo!FACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the arts councils of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and West Virginia. Fox-Gieg holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.


Required Materials

  • Laptop with Blender (Free software: https://www.blender.org/download/)
    • (TAIS has a limited number of MacBook Pros that we can lend to participants on a first-come first-serve basis – email tais.studio@gmail.com if you’d like to reserve one!
  • Optional: Other software that you’d like to use mocap data in

Date And Time

Sat, Jul 09, 2022

01:00 pm – 04:00 pm


1411 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, Canada


Nick Fox-Gieg