Movement in the Volume

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
31 May 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W4P312 Acting for Digital Media,
MFA W4P312 Acting for Digital Media

Module description

This module looks at the fundamentals and specific techniques for working in a virtual environment and knowledge of the technology that captures your performance and eventually transforms your work in the vol-ume into a digital character. You will begin by learning the basics involved in a motion capture shoot, includ-ing process, vocabulary and rules for the space. As your training progresses you will explore how to pre-pare for a role, approach repetition in a natural and truthful way, character creation, working with objects, col-laborating with a performance director, working from a script and learning how to adapt your performance for different virtual environments and requirements, e.g. VR.

Module aims

This course aims to:

1. Introduce students to standard techniques called upon when working in a virtual environment
2. Increase your physical understanding of the demands of Volume work.
3. Develop an understanding of related vocabulary
4. Introduce the technical elements and equipment for volume work
5. Expand on previous experience of working with a script and technical choreography
6. Establish an informed working relationship with directors, animators and technicians

Module learning outcomes

1. You will be able to prepare for a performance role in a performance capture environment
2. You will be able to comfortably create and adapt a performance for use in a performance environment
3. You will be able to communicate with other performance capture performers and technicians with the ap-propriate vocabulary
4. You will be able to take direction and apply this to your performance
5. You will be able to make use of the related technical equipment to enhance your performance

Module information

This module is a year-long module, delivered in blocks of workshops with in-house tutors and working pro-fessionals in the industry. Most of the learning will be through practical experience in the volume, though there will be tasks and preparation that students will need to work on outside the space.

A sample syllabus for the course is:

1. Introduction to Technology and Space
2. Introduction and development of physical techniques frequently used in Performance Capture
3. A deeper look into the differences between locomotion and cinematic shoots
4. Preparing for a role and creating a character
5. Layering an understand of environment into your performance (e.g. surroundings, weather, tempera-ture, etc).
6. Physicalising any character specifics from the virtual world into the live performance (e.g.; specific clothing, character height and how this differs from others they are interacting with)
7. Developing understanding of how shooting differs for traditional performance capture and Virtual Reality
8. Applying feedback from a director to physical work
9. Repetition of set patterns
10. Working with objects, props and complex, virtual sets.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching will consist of: Individual Research and Rehearsal Practical Classes and workshops Occasional Seminars Practical classes will be appropriate for students with learning and/or physical disabilities, and delivery (exer-cises and performances) can be altered to ensure inclusivity. Access to the workshop place is accessible, by being wither on the ground floor or via a lift. Reading material and scripts can be provided in advance. Continual Assessment tasks do not require an exam and allow for learners to demonstrate learning through active participation. There is not an on-line option for this module.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Dr Gabriela Curpan
The University for the Creative Arts
Senior Lecturer in Screen Acting - The MA Screen Acting Course Leader
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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