STUDIO 500 MOCAP STAGE

Tiger Woods takes a swing in MOCAP garb as a large entourage full of media folks looks on.

Originally built in a partnership with motion capture leader Vicon, the STUDIO 500 MOCAP stage measures  71′ x 50′ (3550 sq ft) and is one of the largest such facilities in the world and the biggest MOCAP space on the East Coast of the US.  The facility boasts 40 VICON cameras, a 50′ x 30′ configurable capture volume, 22-foot high grid and an ETC lighting system.

Yup, those Hannah Montana video game dance sequences were shot on our MOCAP stage.

The stage is booked in full day and half day segments.  Included with the standard booking fees are:

  • MOCAP Engineer and PA/QA Assistant
  • MOCAP Suits and Markers
  • Power & Air Conditioning
  • Production Office, Dressing Room and Stage Bathroom
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Free On-Site Parking

For larger clients  – particularly those with complicated animation needs – will suggest you book the room through House of Moves, who can provide an engineering staff for the shoot and complete post production and animation of the data at their Los Angeles facility.  For more information, contact Jimmy Corvan(jimmy@moves.com).

Using the same stage, cameras and computers, the STUDIO 500 House Engineering team handles educational, research and select commercial MOCAP projects for clients who can handle their own post/animation needs.  These projects are booked through STUDIO 500 Studio Director, Rich Grula.

Before taking occupancy of stage, clients must provide a certificate for Commercial General Liability written on an occurrence basis for bodily injury and property damage with coverage limit not to be less than $2 million. University of Central Florida needs to be named as Additionally Insured and Loss Payee.

Qualified production companies engaged in film, video or motion capture might be eligible for a sales tax certificate of exemption. Clients can obtain such a certificate from www.filminflorida.com or the Metro Orlando Film & Entertainment Commission (407.422.7159). Unless clients present a Tax Exempt Certificate, all charges are subject to current Florida State Sales tax.


MOCAP CLIENTS & PROJECTS

n-Space – Hannah Montana

In November 2008, FIEA professor Ron Weaver helped choreograph and direct dance routines for Hannah Montana: The Movie, a new video game being created by Orlando-based game developer n-Space. The game was released worldwide in April 2009 by Disney Interactive Studios. Wearing MOCAP body suits with small, reflective sensors, Weaver and a group of dancers were digitally captured spinning and kicking so that n-Space’s artists could perfectly recreate the body movements of Hannah and her dancers in the game. UCF cheerleaders also demonstrated throws and other acrobatic moves featured in the game.

Several FIEA graduates helped to program and design the game as n-Space employees. Cable TV fans might have caught a behind-the-scenes video covering the motion capture experience created for the Disney Channel show Get Connected.  For anyone who missed it, a clip can be seen below.  STUDIO 500’s MOCAP facility is featured about 20 seconds into the piece.

 

ELECTRONIC ARTS (EA) – various titles including Tiger Woods PGA TOURMadden NFL, NCAA Football, EA Sports MMA

For the creation of Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’13, Electronic Arts brought in a Who’s Who of professional golfers, including not only Tiger Woods, but Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and others.  Below are some of the many video clips one can find on the web showing the sessions.

The Making of Tiger Woods ’13: MoCap Session from mike on Vimeo.

 

EA SPORTS MMA brought home the authenticity of mixed martial arts – the world’s most intense combat sport – like never before. Electronic Arts shot motion capture segments of the latest MMA release at STUDIO 500 with CUNG LE, former STRIKEFORCE Middleweight champion.

 

NBA Ballers
Just seconds after we opened our doors, the good folks from VICON/HOUSE OF MOVES came to our fair city to capture Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard. The shoot – for the NBA Ballers commercial – occurred off-site at a fabulous local residence which offered a full basketball court already lit for an evening shoot. The crew – along with our MOCAP rig was trucked to the secret location so that Dwight could battle himself (as well as Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks) for this NBA BALLERS CHOSEN ONE promo.