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Motion capture extends WAAPA’s acting training

Monday, 03 August 2020


The Mocap Vaults, the world’s premier school for motion capture acting, directing and production training, will deliver a specialist workshop in August for WAAPA’s 3rd Year Acting students on movement performance for motion capture.

Performance for motion capture is an established and unique form of acting performance that has been made famous by the likes of actor Andy Serkis in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes series.

The challenge for the actor is to bring a static digital character to life purely through their body movements.

The workshop will be delivered by The Mocap Vaults tutor Paul-William Mawhinney, an Adelaide-born and NIDA-trained actor who has established himself in London as a leader in motion capture performance for the gaming industry, which has now overtaken the film and television industries in its use of this cutting-edge technology.

Mawhinney has previously taught Performance for Motion Capture workshops at some of the UK’s leading drama schools, including The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Drama Studio London.

Plans for Mawhinney to present the WAAPA workshop in person were changed in light of COVID-19 restrictions to a remote delivery via videoconferencing.

Topics will include Introduction to Motion Capture Fundamentals, Building a Character’s Physicality, Performing in Imaginary Environments and Acting for Video Camera.

The students will also create a video showreel of their performance to use for promotion to motion capture studios.

This pilot program will evaluate the student showreel development with the aim of integrating motion capture training into the WAAPA program as a new avenue for acting and performance.

Media contact

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Anton Maz, Marketing Manager
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
(+61 8) 9370 6817 | |


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