Animation Farm Adds Mo-Cap Barn

Austin, Texas-based toon house The Animation Farm has expanded its offerings with the addition of a motion-capture services group. Headed by Crispin Broadhurst and Brad Clark, the new division will offer solutions for the film, television and game production industries.

Mo-cap services will cover a range of options from pre-production or post-production support to management of the entire motion capture process, depending on a company’s needs. The new group will work with existing studio teams, saving companies the expense of training and hiring additional full time motion editors to work onsite.

Pre-production services will include help with the creation of motion trees, arranging talent for motion capture shoots, pipeline preparation and software training for in-house teams. The team will also assist with the post-production stage once unedited motion data has been delivered. For post-production work, The Animation Farm can enhance, blend, cycle, remap and retarget motion, including props and multi-character interactions.

"By bringing Crispin and Brad onboard we are now able to meet our client’s expanding service needs in the area of motion capture, something that has been in very high demand," said Michael Daubert, CEO of The Animation Farm. "There has been a lot of interest in this area lately, but no one was really offering this type of service until now."

Award-winning artist and animator Brad Clark has worked for such studios as Imagine Asia, Acclaim Studios Austin and Weta Digital, earning credits on The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, Chris Bailey’s Major Damage and Quest: Tales from the Ramayana. He also worked on next generation video games for such as The Red Star, NBA JAM ’04, VEXX, NFL Quarter Back Club ’02/’03 and SHOWDOWN: Legends of Wrestling.

Motion capture artist and animator Crispin Broadhurst served as mocap supervisor/technician and lead animator at CAT Animation studios on Night of the Headless Horseman, a movie for FOX TV, and the fully CG-animated "Soljas" music video for rapper Master P. Most recently, Broadhurst spent two years as lead animator and mocap supervisor on All-Star Baseball for Acclaim Studios Austin.