Mocap Pioneer Spearheads
VICON, developer of Academy Award(r)-winning motion
capture systems, announced today that DJ Hauck has signed on as Technical
Supervisor at the company's Los Angeles motion capture studio, VICON House of
Moves. Hauck has had a long career in motion capture that includes innovative
pipeline development solutions for such features as "Beowulf,"
"Monster House" and "The Polar Express."
"DJ brings a vast wealth of knowledge about mocap
workflows to House of Moves, and we couldn't be more ecstatic about his
return," said Brian Rausch, Vice-President of Production, VICON House of
Moves. "He'll have the same title, but it's a very different position now.
In my two years here the company has changed dramatically, and we needed to
bring in someone with DJ's proven success in developing high-end motion capture
and animation pipelines to address the complex issues of digital filmmaking and
evolving content. He's the ideal person for the job."
A pioneer in full-body and facial motion capture, Hauck
re-joins VICON House of Moves from Digital Concepts Group, where as co-founder
he developed DCG Face, a toolset for cleaning and re-targeting facial motion
capture. Prior to co-founding DCG, Hauck worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks,
where he served as Senior Technical Animator and Motion Capture Technology
Lead. In this position, he was recruited to implement the motion capture system
and pipeline for "The Polar Express," which he continued to manage
and develop through both "Monster House" and "Beowulf."
Hauck began his career in motion capture in 1999, starting out as a Motion Editor
at House of Moves in the years before the facility was purchased by VICON. He
was promoted to Technical Supervisor in 2000 with oversight of delivery of all
motion capture files, a position he returns to today in its much-expanded
"Over the years, I have witnessed a complete
transformation of House of Moves. Brian has taken a technically based mocap
facility and transitioned it into an integrated team that services the full
range of animation possibilities, from motion capture to key-frame and
everything in-between," said Hauck. "The environment at House of
Moves encourages dedication, technical expertise and creativity among
employees. I'm thrilled about the opportunity to work with such a dynamic
About VICON House of Moves
VICON House of Moves is a division of VICON, the Academy
Award(r)-winning supplier of precision motion tracking systems, serving
customers in film, visual effects, computer games, and broadcast television, as
well as engineering and life science industries.
VICON is the largest holding of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group
- LSE: OMG), plc.
VICON House of Moves provides professional
motion capture services, stock 3D data, and 3D animation services for the
entertainment industry. With
expertise dating back to 1985 and credits ranging from game titles Resistance 2
and Unchartered to films including Spider-Man 2 to Titanic, VICON House of
Moves has contributed to hundreds of animation projects. For more information,
call (310) 306-6131 or visit www.moves.com.