Photo of interior of the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

“The Art & Business of Motion Capture”

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater invites all members of the campus community to attend “The Art & Business of Motion Capture” Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Motion and performance capture are becoming increasingly mainstream in terms of ubiquity in film, television, and video game production, as the technology evolves and becomes more readily available. Creators and creatives of all types are welcome to come learn more.

During the free presentation, Michelle Ladd, motion capture fight coordinator, will share her experience, process, and advice for aspiring performers interested in this area of work and explore the unique industry standards, business models, creative opportunities, and more. A mobile motion capture (mo-cap) setup will be demonstrated live.

Ladd was one of the first industry professionals to carve that niche in this growing area, coordinating The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Marvel’s Thor, and more. A SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, fight master with the Society of American Fight Directors, an intimacy coordinator for film and TV, and trained theatre artist, she’ll share how these and other skills have helped her break ground in this new frontier of digital performance.

For more information, contact Kevin Inouye at