MOSCOW, RUSSIA – iPi Soft, developer of the iPi Motion Capture line of markerless motion capture technology, is excited to announce details of the company’s participation at the “Trends in Markerless Motion Capture Workflow: The iPi Soft Solution“ event happening in conjunction with the Digital Media Artists/Los Angeles (DMA/LA), the leading association for professionals creating imagery for video, film and other media using desktop tools, on Tuesday, March 18 at the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles.
Ko Maruyama, the veteran animator, technology writer and video producer, as well as an instructor in the motion design/3D animation department at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, will moderate the event, which will include a mix of panels, presentations and demos from some of today’s most accomplished creative professionals who have adopted iPi Motion Capture into their production workflow thanks to its ease of use, affordability and seamless integration with other leading 3D animation tools. The event will also include ample time for networking and hands-on experiences.
The evening will begin with a panel discussion that addresses the benefits of the markerless motion capture workflow in production. Participants include Anthony Hoit, Systems Development Lead at the full service LA-based post-production visual effects house Graphic Film Company; LA-based Director/Animation Artist David Lewandowski; and VFX artists Don McCoy of S4 Studio, Los Angeles, whose credits include Showtime’s Homeland, and others.
Maruyama notes that he recently established the first-ever mocap studio featuring iPi Soft technology at Art Center and is eager to introduce the benefits of markerless motion capture to the DMA/LA community.
“iPi Motion Capture implements the use of a Microsoft Kinect or a Sony PSEye setup to capture data; hardware that many of many students and creative professionals already own,” Maruyama says. “iPi Soft is not only much more affordable than other professional systems, but allows artists to easily perform and ingest their performances in a small space that easily compliments animators’ studios. It is hoped that the educational event will give DMA/LA attendees insight that will help them better express their creativity through motion capture.”
In the second half of the evening, two iPi Motion Capture stations will be set-up in the Gallery Theater to help attendees understand the markerless motion capture process. This will permit the motion of each guest to be captured – as time permits. Following the event, the captured library of motions will be uploaded to a public sharing website, offering guests an opportunity to view their motions as a keepsake.
Tuesday, March 18
Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. – doors open at 6:30 p.m.
• Ko Maruyama, Moderator:
Ko Maruyama is veteran animator, technology writer and video producer, and for 10 years has been an instructor at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, in the motion design and 3D animation graphics department. He has just set up an iPi Motion Capture studio at the famed art school.
• Anthony Hoit, Panelist:
Anthony Hoit is the Systems Development lead at the Graphic Film Company, an LA-based full service post-production visual effects house and self-producing computer generated film production studio founded in partnership with Simon West Productions (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The General’s Daughter, When a Stranger Calls). Hoit is responsible for artist supervision at GFC and for the company’s motion and facial capture technology. The studio has been using iPi Motion Capture, for the past three years, most recently on “Night of the Living Dead: 3D Origins” – a 3D animated reboot of the classic horror film scheduled for release in Fall 2014.
• David Lewandowski, Panelist:
David Lewandowski is a veteran animation director and visual effects designer whose credits include the films Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. He recently created the visionary short film, “Late for Meeting” (official selection of the SXSW 2014 Film Festival). He is currently developing a CINEMA 4D character pipeline featuring low-cost motion capture for television.
• Don L. McCoy, Panelist.
Don McCoy is VFX artist and iPi Motion Capture enthusiast working with leading creative design and full service production studios in television production.
Food & Refreshments:
Food and refreshments – pizza, waters, chips, cookies – will be provided.
Event Sponsor/Door Prize:
iPi Soft is an event sponsor and will be awarding one (1) license of iPi Mocap Studio 2 to one DMA/LA guest in attendance.
Tickets to DMA/LA March 18th event are available online at Event Brite.
About iPi Soft:
Launched in 2008 by CEO and Chief Technology Architect Michael Nikonov, iPi Soft, LLC is the Moscow-based developer of iPi Motion Capture™, a markerless motion capture software tool that uses sophisticated image processing and computer vision algorithms to recognize and track the human body. The company’s breakthrough technology digitizes the movement of a human skeleton, rendering it in expressive 3D characters for video games or computer generated films. For additional information on iPi Soft product pricing or a 30-day free trial please visit http://www.ipisoft.com.
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