Body cinema: Illuminated – Motion Capture Dance Animation by Kevin Abbott

April 1, 2010

‘Illuminated – Motion Capture Dance Animation’ by Kevin Abbott was created for a dance concert at Western Michigan University in 2008.


About the film:
The animation was created using our Vicon motion capture system. The 3D character modeling and the mocap data editing was done in 3DS Max. Lighting, rendering, texturing and camera work was done in Cinema 4D. Music by Radiohead.

Performed and Co-Choreographed by David Curwen.

Kevin Abbott is a Project Director of Digital Media in the Performance Art Grant Department at Western Michigan University, has worked extensively with digital media and computer graphics over the past 15 years. Since graduating with a degree in Theatre Design, Mr. Abbott has worked on many creative projects, and has served as a game designer, art director, visual effects artist, scenic designer, web designer, and animator. Clients include Disney I.D.E.A.S, Macromedia, Inc., The Johns Hopkins University, The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Dell Computer.

Since 2004, Kevin’s work has been honored by both the American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Festival. Kevin expertise includes 3D modeling, animation, realtime 3D graphics, projections and live performance integration. in addition to project direction, Kevin is also the Digital Media Artist and Technical Director for Dr. Faustus. Kevin currently serves as Project Lead, Special Projects for the Office of Information Technology at WMU. (bio taken from WMU)

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