A Day in the Light: Media Fundamentals Students visit SIRT

Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre welcomes visits from Sheridan faculty and students! Read on for an account of a recent visit by a class of Sheridan Media Fundamentals students…

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The Media ‘Fundies’ students’ fourth annual SIRT visit was the most stunning to date. SIRT has moved into a new expanded home: Soundstage 10 at Pinewood Toronto Studios. We walked into the 10,000-square-foot, soundproof building to see a 24-camera green screen motion capture stage, a house set open on one side for camera access, and a theatre for our 100+ guest students to watch a video of James Cameron explaining, with demonstrations, the frame rates and shutter speeds that are available for High Frame Rate filming and digital motion picture projectors today. SIRT also has a state of the art digital projector.

Several student volunteers were asked to help demonstrate the motion capture sound stage and technology. The students put on black motion capture suits and had their joints velcroed with light sensor markers by Spencer Idenouye, SIRT’s motion capture lead and PJ (Philip Tremblay), a third year student in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Game Design. Once suited up, they were turned into a gargoyle and a storm trooper on screen and put into various fantastical locations. Bert Dunk, SIRT’s Technology Supervisor, who has deep roots and experience in motion picture production, as a most gracious host welcomed us warmly, and after his lecture and Q & A on the history and current state of filming technology, left us enlightened and ready for more professional insight into our movie going experience. I had to break into the Q & A because the buses were waiting outside to take us back to reality. See you next year!

Jack Urowitz
Professor and Program Coordinator – Media Fundamentals

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