The Actors Centre

Top tips for MoCap aspiring performers

19 September 2018

by Sarah Perry Movement Director & Tutor

  1. Keep fit & strong. If you want to be a MOTION/Physical artist in any capacity – you need to look after your tool and hone in on building physical skills of strength, stamina, flexibility, body awareness…. Ultimately keep moving. Keep striving to gain a deeper understanding of what you move with, the body and continue to explore the multitudes of ways in which we can move, in regards to basic anatomy, physiology and the efforts we move with. Continue to explore your range of movement potential & skills and take classes that focus on body & movement awareness.
  2. Do what you can to appreciate & understand at least the fundamentals of animation & VFX – a great resource is Cinefex (  Cinefex is an online magazine which publishes articles that go behind the scenes of your favourite VFX blockbusters, it shares insider info with regards to all related VFX topics including Motion Capture Performance.  Motion Capture is a collaborative journey between the performer and the animation team, so building these bridges is essential.
  3. Find and continue to develop upon your particular movement niche – whether it be creature performance, combat, military style, sports, martial arts, dance, gymnastics. Broaden your scope of movement skills, but know your performance strengths and continue to develop these areas in particular – keep training and start working towards your niche movement showreel.
  4. Keep your traditional acting classes going. The core of all motion capture performances, as with all styles of performance,  is in the storytelling, the portrayal of character and the conveyance of a truthful performance. Even if your niche is movement as opposed to acting – all motion capture artists are actors; emoting and character intention need to be strong. Keep up your acting technique classes alongside your physical skills.
  5. My specialist niche as a movement director is in creature performance, so if this is an area that interests you – give a damn about the creatures you are playing. Animal studies and research play a huge part in this industry and understanding the subtleties and nuances of the creatures that you play will serve you well – How do Primates move differently, why do lizards stop and start, what is the difference between binocular ad lateral vison …? the more you understand about the facts, the stronger your performance choices will be. Keep watching your wildlife documentaries and broaden your knowledge.


Come and play September 30th 10.30-1.30pm - An Introduction to Motion Capture & Creature Performance with Movement Director Sarah Perry.