Research Story: Professor Martin Danahay – Morro Images
Q. When and how did the collaboration start?
A. In 2011, Morro Images and Prof. Martin Danahay were awarded a FedDev Applied Research and Commercialization grant for $50,000.
Q. What is their background?
A. Morro Images is a visual effects and 3D computer animation company, based in St. Catharines, Ontario and Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, specializing in 3D computer animation, motion capture as well as product development. Professor Martin Danahay is a professor of English language and literature and a past-Director of the Center for Digital Humanities. Professor Danahay is the author of a number of books and articles in the area of Victorian culture and literature.
Q. What is the project about?
A. The collaboration aims to develop a Virtual Camera Rig technology which will allow a film studio team to virtually enter the 3D scene during the motion capture process. The Virtual Camera Rig will enhance the filming experience and rapidly reduce the overall motion capture time.
Q. How does this collaboration help the company?
A. This virtual camera rig will be the first of its kind and will be a significant optimization for Morro Images’ in-house workflow. Moreover, the technology will allow Morro Images to sell a new 3D camera product to the motion capture industry.