CrossFit – Motion Capture – Emily Carr University of Art + Design group meeting

October 28, 2009

Went ahead and processed, edited and uploaded the video from Monday’s group meeting in the Motion Capture studio. Even though we had some technical difficulties with the software itself, overall I am quite happy with the final result and felt that the people who attended were able to get a better grasp on the project scope.

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Motion Capture studio pictures

October 24, 2009

Motion Capture studio space
Motion Capture studio floor

This is the floor space within the Motion Capture Studio itself – the mats are laid out in order for the performers to know the cameras’ recordable space boundaries.

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Motion Capture studio screen display

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The CrossFit athletes performing in the Motion Capture studio will be able to watch their movements live in real-time along with their coaches on a giant screen at the front of the studio.

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Motion Capture studio infared camera

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Twenty infared cameras are placed around the perimeter of the room in order to capture a complete 360 degree viewpoint of the studio space.


Call for Artists – ECUAD Motion Capture Studio project

October 21, 2009

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Fellow Emily Carr Students, Faculty and Alumni,

I want to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in a once in a lifetime opportunity. As part of my DIVA 300 course, I am doing an internship in the school’s Motion Capture studio and have been given the chance to create a collaborative cross-disciplinary project.

Elite CrossFit athletes and their coaches will be brought into the Motion Capture studio, suited up and allowed to perform extreme exercise workout routines within the studio space itself. The footage captured will serve both as a diagnostic tool to help provide real-time live data to athletes and coaches on their body dynamics as they do individual exercises, but will also be merged into an artistic format as well.

Using the overall theme of Motion Capture, each participating artist will be tasked to create their own individual art piece from a range of cross-discipline media which will then be combined with everyone else’s work to create a greater whole and then published through an ECUAD concourse gallery show down the road. In addition, on opening night we could also bring in some CrossFit athletes to also perform various exercises as a live performance piece for the audience to showcase the form of the human body.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS:

We are looking for as many cross-discipline artists as we can get who want to participate in this project such as:

2D Animators coming into the Motion Capture studio and doing freehand gesture/motion drawings of the athletes’ performances

3D Animators looking for experience working within both the Motion Capture studio itself and the corresponding data pipeline to transfer the information gathered from the studio to their 3D applications (Maya, XSI)

Film Producers and Editors to work with the Animators to create finalized video pieces

DJs and Musicians to work with the film makers and animators to produce musical scores for their video pieces

Sound Designers to record the athletes’ performances to provide sound effect recordings to the film makers and 3D animators

Photographers doing photo-documentation of the process setting up the space and wanting to pursue studies of the human form via the athletes’ performances

Painters, Sculptors and Visual Artists who would like to incorporate Motion Capture into their respective art practices, paintings and sculptures

Processing and Arduino programmers who want to work with the data capture and create cross-discipline art pieces with it

Graphic Designers working on creating the polish and identity of the project as a whole and combining everyone’s individual contributions within the overall theme of, “Motion Capture”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=177700972600
– find us on Facebook

This blog and Facebook group have been setup so that everyone will have access to all of the necessary information for the project along with detailed videos on what exactly CrossFit is and possible artistic avenues to explore with the data that we collect from the shoot:

– Initial group meeting is taking place on Monday, October 26th at 12pm

– We will be meeting outside of the Emily Carr University Intersections Digital Studios (Room 285)

– Nathalie De Los Santos, or I will then lead you and the rest of the student artists into the Motion Capture Studio for the presentation.

– Even if you feel that you do not have the time to take on this project, please feel free to pass on any ideas or artistic suggestions or movements that you think would be great to explore!!!

– I will be videotaping Monday’s meeting and publishing the video to both the Blog and Facebook group page so don’t worry if cannot attend, but please RSVP with either myself or Nathalie beforehand if you are going to join us.

Cheers,

John DeVeaux
778.847.0397 (cell)

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CrossFit Vancouver’s “Cassius Clay” Workout

For this workout, the athletes require sheer brute strength and endurance in order to reset their muscles and breathing for each heavy lift – simply amazing what they are able to do…

3 Deadlift (315lbs men/205lbs women)
3 Muscle ups
3 Clean & Jerks (185lbs men/105lbs women)
2 Rope Climbs
1 Box Jump (36″ men/24″ women)
300 Metre Hill Climb

X 5 Rounds Total for Time

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Crossfit Vancouver Sub 3 Min Fran workout

This workout routine requires speed, agility and flexibility – look at how smooth his Butterfly pull-ups are. It looks easy, but sure as hell isn’t!

21 Thrusters (95 lbs.)
21 Pull-ups
15 Thrusters (95 lbs.)
15 Pull-ups
9  Thrusters (95 lbs.)
9  Pull-ups

For Time

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Norman McLaren’s, “Pas de Deux” part 1

Norman McLaren made this film in 1968, well before the time of Final Cut Pro and computer software. Optical printers were used to create the ghosting effect. Imagine how much time and effort went into creating this timeless animated film, which even today, simply amazes me!

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Norman McLaren’s, “Pas de Deux” part 2

Part 2 of this major inspiration for me and possible artistic flavour for us to emulate for this Motion Capture project.

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