WheelWorks brings big screen Motion Capture technology to NI young people

Young people across Northern Ireland will soon get to experience the technology which brought characters including The Hulk, Gollum and King Kong to the big screen, thanks to Belfast-based digital arts charity WheelWorks.

From October 2019, the new WheelWorks Digital Academy will be offering training sessions in Motion Capture – the process of recording patterns of an actor’s movements to animate a digital character in a film, animation or video game – to young people aged 9-24 which will help to kick-start their careers in the creative industries.

Jan Todd, Social Enterprise Co-ordinator with WheelWorks said:

“WheelWorks is incredibly excited to be bringing Motion Capture technology from the big screen right into the hands of young people across Northern Ireland.   

While young people here may be familiar with what ‘MoCap’ can do having seen it in their favourite blockbuster films such as ‘Avengers: Endgame’, this will be the first time that they will learn how to use it themselves to produce their own work for film, animation and game design.” 

The WheelWorks Digital Academy opens on Monday 28 October with the Hallowe’en Tech Camp in Motion Capture Game Development.  Over three days, participants will learn about 3D Character Design and Texturing for film, animation and game design.  They will also animate their own 3D Character with Motion Capture by recording their own actions in real-time to a 3D character model and create a 3D character for their very own game. 


On Saturday 9 November, the WheelWorks Digital Development Lab will open for five weekly sessions.  Topics will include 3D Character Design and Texturing, 3D Character Animation and Motion Capture, Augmented Reality Development, Beginner 3D Game Design and Music-Marking to soundtrack your animation or game.  

The WheelWorks Digital Academy is currently open for bookings.  To secure a place for your young person aged 9-24, email jan@wheelworksarts.com, tel. 02890 244 063 or visit www.wheelworksarts.com/digitalacademy


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