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About - Richard Widgery

Feature Films, Games, TV, Broadcast, Theatre, Dance,
Sports Science, Medical & Industrial Research, Biomechanics.

 

Kinetic Impulse is the freelance trading name of Richard Widgery. Established in 1994, Richard provides Motion Capture & Control solutions to a wide range of entertainment, commercial, and research industries.

Richard is a leading expert in the field of Camera Motion Control and Motion Capture Technology. As a camera technology developer, he has developed tools and services for some of the largest Theme Park Rides including The Forbidden Journey - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Florida. As a Performance Capture Supervisor & Effects Producer, he has worked on some of the most cutting edge productions for clients including The Chemical Brothers, Rockstar Games, Microsoft and Nintendo.

With over twenty five years experience in Motion Capture, Animatronics, and Character Animation, Richard was one of the first to use Optical Motion Capture for feature film production becoming Head of Motion Capture for Jim Henson's Creature Shop - UK* in 1994. His early career was mainly centered around the film, games, and biomechanics research industries in UK, USA, and Asia, and as MoCap popularity grew broadened into a wide range of markets including TV broadcast, multimedia, dance, and theatre, managing projects and lecturing throughout mainland Europe.

Categories:

  • International MoCap Studio Design & Installations
  • TV / Commercials / Promotion Videos
  • Games Production
  • Live Stage & Theatre
  • Real Time Presentations
  • Biomechanics Research (e.g. biomechanics of golf swing)
  • Sports Science
  • Forensic Science (e.g. ballistics on moving human anatomy

Feature Films:

  • 13 Trade Monopoly - China
  • Angels & Demons
  • Babe
  • James Bond - Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Hansel & Gretel - The Witch Hunters
  • Lost In Space
  • Loch Ness
  • Mary Reily
  • Merlin
  • Narnia - The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
  • Lock Ness
  • Pinocchio
  • Red Sonja
  • Sultan - The Warrior
  • Pinocchio
  • Sun Zi - Art Of War - China
  • Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon
  • Wolfman
  • Zamora - Tierra Y Los Hombres Libres

Featre Short:

  • Golden Age
  • Maelstrom

TV Feature Film:

  • Merlin
  • History Channel - History of the Horse

TV Series:

  • The Legend of the First King’s Four Gods - 태왕사신기
  • Legend of Korea - Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi

TV Commercial:

  • Bank SF, Germany
  • Burger King
  • Chevrolet Cruz - China
  • ComCast
  • De Beers Diamonds
  • DFS
  • Gatorade Pasión
  • Polo Mints
  • Sony Vaio
  • Swisscom
  • Troja
  • Turkmenistan Promotional Film
  • Verbio Gas
  • Very.co.uk Christmas 2013
  • Virgin Atlantic Advert 2010
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Westfield Shopping Centre

Corporate:

  • BMW
  • Dubai Horse Wold Cup
  • Infinite Frameworks
  • The Qatar Foundation
  • University of Virginia Football Mascot - Cav-Man

Video Games:

  • Age Of Empires 3
  • Bella Sara
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Heist
  • Horse 3D
  • Horse Exclusions
  • Lucinda Green's Equestrian Challenge
  • Mount & Blade
  • Penny Gril
  • Project Ferrari
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Strider
  • Viva Football
  • ZlatnaPotkova

Music Videos:

  • HorsePower - Chemical Brothers
  • Not Getting There - Blonde Redhead
  • 1000 Years - World Party

Opera:

  • Dido & Aneas - La Scala - Wayne McGregor
  • La Cenerentola
  • Mozart Auf Reisen

Theatre:

  • Don't I Know You

Exhibition:

  • Horse Kinetic Sculptures
  • Siggraph 2000 - Charnwood Dynamic Motion Capture
  • Xian Soldiers - MIRALab

Science:

  • Advanced Motion Simulation Research
  • Animation Techniques for Digital Creatures
  • Horse Kinematic Primitives
  • Metropolitan Police Forensic Investigation

Aerospace:

  • Airbus Wings
  • Military & Commercial Radar Research
  • UAV Radar Research

Industrial:

  • Leica / Hexagon Metrology Laser Tracker Development
  • MTC Seven Stars - Virtual Factory Floor

Animatronics & Control Systems R&D:

  • Jim Henson's Creature Shop

AutoCAD Systems Design & Integration:

  • Jim Henson's Creature Shop

Architectural Visualisation:

  • Shanghai Airport
  • Extraordinary Studios Perth

Software Development:

  • Act - CRM & Campaign Management
  • AutoForm - Document Scan & Databasing
  • Motion Capture Ballistics Analysis
  • PECS - Motion Capture Pipeline Management
  • Star In Your Ad - Skoda Octavia
  • Take4D - Virtual Production

Motion Control Consultancy:

  • Alvernia Studios - Poland
  • Busan Film Commission - South Korea
  • Motion Control Cameras - UK
  • Stiller Studios - Sweden
  • Technocrane / Technodolly - Czech Republic

Motion Capture Studio Design:

  • British Arts Council
  • Högskolan på Gotland
  • The Imaginarium
  • Interactive Institute of Sweden
  • Infogrames Games
  • Jim Henson's Creature Shop
  • Red Post Production
  • Svenska Spel AB
  • Phasespace

Motion Capture Workshops:

  • Essex Dance

Invited Speaker:

  • SAE Institute - Virtual & Augmented Reality Symposium 2014
  • Farnborough Airshow 2012
  • Large Volume Metrology Conference 2012
  • AR / VR - Imagina 2010

Publications:

  • The Rise of Previsualisation - InBroadcast
  • Poetry In Motion - 3D World Magazine
  • The Animator's Guide To Motion Capture

 

Qualified as an Industrial Design Engineer and with extensive knowledge in Electronics, Mechanics, Computing, Biomechanics, and Human & Animal Anatomy, Richard also designs performance technology including motion capture, digital puppetry, and motion control special effects systems.

 


* Jim Henson's Creature Shop the technology division of Jim Henson Company - creators of the Muppets, Farscape, and Bear in the Big Blue House, is a world leading digital puppetry, animatronics, and 3D character animation company, producing creatures for feature film and television.

 

 

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