Video: Behind-the-scenes footage of classwork on a collaborative project, “Cascadia.” The 3D Sci-Fi production includes Motion Picture Arts diploma and degree students working with students from the VFX, Animation, Costuming, and Acting for Stage and Screen programs.


Remember the behind-the-scenes footage of Andy Serkis performing in a motion capture suit as Gollum in Lord of the Rings, or for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

This Saturday, visitors to the School of Motion Picture Arts Open House can experience a similar behind-the-scenes motion-capture demonstration with live actors, as Visual Effects (VFX), Acting, and Motion Picture Arts (MOPA) students work to rehearse some of the motion capture protocols in preparation for the Cascadia shoot in Bosa Centre Studio A.

Students from the Acting for Stage and Screen program will don motion capture suits under the direction of students from the VFX program. The resulting motion capture will be passed on to VFX students who will work in the 3D animation software to puppeteer computer-generated creatures. Students have been studying motion capture animation under Cap U’s Adam Sale, in concert with Carrie Thiel (who worked on Lord of the Rings motion capture, among other films).

It’s a skill set not many teaching institutions in Canada offer. Even fewer offer full instruction in 3D filmmaking—another live demonstration that will be on display this Saturday at Bosa’s Studio B.

This past week, 3D cinematography great Karl Herrmann (of Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi Imperial Speederbike chase scene fame) gave a 3D cinematography workshop to fourth year MOPA students. Visitors can watch students practicing the skills they learned in a live shot, 3D studio set-up.

On Level 0, visitors to the Costuming department will see a display of the layers it takes to dress historically—from bloomers and hoop skirts to dresses and hats. Thirty-five costuming students will be at work in the fully-professional workrooms replicating historical gowns.

In addition, attendees can take a tour of Bosa Centre post-production facilities—including industry-designed sound mixing and recording studios, picture and sound editing labs, visual effects labs, plus digital and commercial animation labs and costuming studios.

They can also attend a question and answer session with faculty, students and alumni in the custom-built, two-hundred-seat, high definition 3D theatre at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Bosa Centre For Film & Animation Open House takes place Saturday, November 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open House activities:

  • Film Studios (8,000 sq. ft. sound stage)
    Studio A – Motion capture demonstration
    Studio B – Watch a 3D film shoot in action
  • Costuming Studios (BC 025 & BC 021): Meet the faculty and current students working on class projects replicating historical gowns – from bloomers & hoop skirts to dresses & hats
  • Theatre (two hundred seat, high definition, 3D theatre)
    Session A: 12-12:30 p.m. • Session B: 1:30-2 p.m.
  • 2D and 3D Animation Q&A (BC 321): Meet with faculty and find out about all aspects of the program, including tuition, portfolios, alumni and the industry.
  • Portfolio Reviews for Animation programs (BC 313): Bring portfolios for feedback from senior animation students and alumni to improve chances of acceptance to the 2D and 3D programs.
  • 3D Animation for Film and Gaming (BC 310): Talk to current students about their work and experience in first year.
  • 2D Animation, first year studio (BC 335): Talk to current students about their work and experience in their first year.
  • 2D Animation, second year studio (MA123): Visit the new, professional studio space located in the Maple Building located directly south of the Bosa Centre. Talk to student volunteers in their second year of the program.
  • Digital Visual Effects Studio (BC 314): Check out the demo reels and cameras and meet with faculty & current students and find out about all aspects of the VFX program.
  • Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (BC 318): Meet with faculty and find out about all aspects of the IIDF program.
  • Editing Lab (BC 326): Check out the video editing software.
  • Documentary (BC 339): Meet with faculty and current students to find out about all aspects of the Documentary program.

Check out these albums for a peek at the lab activities that will be taking place on November 28.

Submitted by Communications & Marketing