New Motion Capture Lab Opens at The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, December 3, 2009 — The Art Institute of Atlanta welcomed students, staff, faculty, and members of the media arts & animation Program Advisory Committee (PAC) to the opening of its new motion capture lab on November 12 with demonstrations, with the assistance of student James Reid who donned the special suit to make him the animated figure in the demonstrations, and a formal presentation for employers and PAC members.

The lab, the only one of its kind in a Georgia college or university to use this technology, provides Art Institute animation students the opportunity to work with industry related equipment and techniques. It houses and provides usage space for an inertial (camera-free) motion capture system, used for transferring actual human kinetic motion verbatim to a computer generated character. The lab also includes laser sculpture scanners that generate computer 3D models from physical sculptures, and incorporates a mini-cyclorama wall or "green screen" for capturing color keyed digital video for compositing live action, effects, and animation.

PAC members attending included Orion Cherry of Pulseworks (and an Art Institute of Atlanta 2007 grad in game art & design), Dov Jacobson of Games That Work, Ken Lightner with CCP, Derald Hunt with Turner Animation, Jim Lawrence of Applause Marketing, and Clinton Lowe with the Georgia Game Developers Association.

“ These technologies will really put our curriculum at the forefront of current media trends and allow our students access to the type of work and production environment they are likely to find both now and in the near future,” said department chair Derek Rhodarmer.

“We always present our new initiatives to our friends and advisors in the local industry and solicit their input on how best to incorporate the benefits of those initiatives into our curriculum and student portfolios,” he added.

The Art Institute of Atlanta is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Institute of Atlanta, including its branch campuses — The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, The Art Institute of Washington, and The Art Institute of Washington – Northern Virginia — is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The Art Institute of Atlanta is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 educational institutions throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

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