Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I Can Haz MoCap Nowz???

I am proud to announce that I helped to successfully fund the Perception Neuron KickStarter Campaign! In a few short months I will be recieving my own personal WIRELESS Motion Capture system! I am SUPER EXCITED to receive my Neuron Suit! Now I won't have to rely solely on finding data on the net or trying to get permission from the studio I work for to use what we capture for my demo; YAAAARRRGGH!, the NDA be a harsh mistress!
I was able to purchase 30 sensors which means that I can have one full setup that includes the entire body and all the fingers or I could have three people in three suits made up of 10 sensors each. The configuration option is what really sold me on Perception Neuron, (and the price wasn't to shabby either)!

As far as previous experiences with MoCap suits go, I have worn and acted in a Lycra Suit for OptiTrack, an XSENS suit, and even a ShadowSuit. The most comfortable to act in was the Shadow Suit since it is worn over your clothes. The Shadow Suit also seemed to provided Motion Capture data that was similar to XSENS with slight less cleanup needed. The XSENS Suit however, allows for much more physical acting since the wires don't risk getting pulled or snagged unlike the Shadow Suit. The OptiTrack suit does not breathe well at all and I found it limiting to how long you could act in the suit before needing a break.

Here is an image I made that shows the visual difference between these suits. As you can see Perception Neuron is similar to the Shadow suit but has smaller sensors which are about the size of a coffee bean!

I will definitely provide an update once I get my greedy paws on my Perception Neuron Suit! Stay tuned!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Infomercial Demo Reel 2014!

The NDA has FINALLY been lifted and I immediately assimilated my shots into a new Infomercial Demo Reel!
Many long hours went into this project but the final 30 minute infomercial is amazing! I am very fortunate to have worked along side some really fantastic artists who pushed me to make my shots better and better.

This project was a blast to work on! It was created at Vitruvian Entertainment with three other fellow artists and, from concept to completion, took about ten weeks to deliver the final product to the client. These shots include Motion Capture and Animation as well as heavy Visual Effects work.

My responsibilities were:
- Project Task Manager
- Directing Motion Capture Shoots
- Motion Capture Cleanup + Animation
- Storyboards
- Look Development
- VFX Animation
- Camera Animation
- Lighting
- Texturing

I even recorded the Voice Over scratch track so we could create a rough Animatic video to help with our overall timing.
This Infomercial was a fantastic learning experience regarding live production integrated with our collaborative digital artistry.

Link to the Demo:
(Be sure to watch it in glorious HD!)

Infomercial Demo Reel (Motion Capture + Visual Effects)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

Holy Toledo Batman, it has been a long while since my last post on my blog! I just finished working on an international (Prestige Worldwide, woot woot!) infomercial for Voxxsols Performance Insoles. The NDA will be lifted in a week or so and I will be able to showcase my rendered shots as well as details about them. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 17, 2014

New WIP MoCap Demo!

I am to happy share a new MoCap Demo I created that showcases samples of work in progress shots I created at work... Enjoy!

LU RAMOS MoCap Demo - WIP 2014


Saturday, January 11, 2014

My MoCap Demo Reel 2014!

MoCap Blending Demo 2014
A ton of hard work went into making this demo! These past weeks have been some of the most rewarding and positive experiences in any of the online workshops I have ever taken!

This demo showcases my MoCap process from cleaning raw data to final blending animation in Motionbuilder (the steps are detailed in the demo).

I look forward to learning new MoCap animation techniques as well as Facial Capture software at work!

I will be working on a game demo using Motionbuilder as well as uploading some shots I worked on at work once the NDA lifts! Stay tuned!

Friday, January 10, 2014

My iAnimate MoCap Workshop Testimonial and Show Reel!

I was recently interviewed by Brent George on my experience in the very first MoCap iAnimate workshop! I only had positive things to say about this amazing experience.

This was a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of motion capture from a top industry pro. Brent pushed us to absorb a ton of new information and apply it each week. With the skills and knowledge I learned in the workshop I was able to land my current MoCap job at Vitruvian Entertainment! I cannot recommend this workshop enough to my fellow Animators/MoCap enthusiasts and I look forward to taking Workshop 2!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Job: Motion Capture Animator at Vitruvian Entertainment!

I am excited to announce that I was recently offered a position as a MoCap Animator at Vitruvian Entertainment!

During the interview I had a blast discussing my work and my potential contribution to the team. The studio is amazing and full of so many wonderfully talented people! I can't wait to get my hands dirty!

Check out Vitruvian Entertainment here!

Special thanks to all my family and friends for all their support!