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Screen Actors Guild

On February 12, 2011, the Michigan Branch of the Screen Actors Guild held a Motion Capture Cadet Workshop at HFCC’s Virtual Theatricality Lab. The workshop was attended by students from Dearborn High who are members of the Screen Actor’s Guild Cadet program.

Last year in March, a similar workshop was held at the Virtual Theatricality Lab for adult working members of the Detroit Brach of the Screen Actors Guild, hosted by Popovich and Dan Lemieux.

Dan Lemieux is a Screen Actors Guild Member, Hollywood stunt man, and stunt coordinator, with hundreds of film credits to his name. Lemieux demonstrated various Motion Capture acting techniques used in films, video games and CGI software environments. Lemieux has done extensive Motion capture performance in films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. He has also created motion capture sequences for video games such as Laura Croft.

Dr. George Popovich, Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab, demonstrated the history of Motion Capture in films and discussed Motion Capture’s future. Popovich and Lemieux co-teach the VTL’s Mo-Cap performance class along with VTL engineer Alan Contino.

Also present was SAG CADET founder Ele Bardha. Bardha has performed in dozens of films as stunt coordinator or stunt double such as “Machine Gun Preacher,” “Red Dawn” and “S.W.A.T.” Detroit SAG Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman was also present to welcome the CADETS.

One portion of the workshop allowed SAG CADET members to witness an actual Motion Capture session using the VTL’s Vicon camera system. SAG actor Jonathon Stanley, who is presently enrolled in HFCC’s class, “Introduction to Motion Capture Performance and Production,” demonstrated various preparation and performance techniques. Alan Contino, VTL Chief engineer, captured the data. The workshop concluded with a demonstration of stunts.