Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Bournemouth University's Bid to Animate the Beijing National Opera

12.10.2007
Bournemouth University’s renowned Media School and the Beijing Advanced Technology College have been awarded the opportunity to bring new life to China’s National Beijing Opera.

Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and the Beijing Advanced Technology College (ATC) are collaborating on the development of the “3-D Digital Beijing Opera” project. The scheme, to be financed by the Chinese Government, is designed to preserve an important part of China’s cultural heritage by using state-of-the-art animation techniques.

This will involve the creation of a unique 3D archive of some 1,000 animated characters drawn from the repertoire of the National Beijing Opera. The intricate movements and postures of the characters will be recorded using motion capture techniques for which Bournemouth University is well known. The project to animate the characters of the Opera will help to develop and expand 3D animation techniques in a country that already excels in the 2D form.

With a history of more than 200 years, the National Beijing Opera is regarded as one of the highest expressions of Chinese culture. The Opera’s synthesis of stylised action, singing, dialogue, mime, acrobatic fighting and dancing to tell traditional and modern stories is world renowned.

“We are delighted to be working with the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the National Beijing Opera on such a prestigious project,” said Stephen Jukes, Dean of the Media School at Bournemouth University. “The Opera is steeped in tradition and the prospect of bringing such an art form into the 21st century is both exciting and challenging. We look forward to working with our partners in China and we hope to enhance their global reputation even further through this collaboration.”

Bournemouth University is currently engaged in a range of other projects with Chinese partners which draw on BU’s expertise and knowledge of the creative media industries. These include an academic partnership with CUC University in Beijing and consultancy briefings on the UK media for senior personnel from the Chinese creative industries.

ATC is a college run by the Chinese Ministry of Labour, and specialises in advanced vocational training. It issues advanced certificates according to China’s national vocational standards, ranging from traditional mechanical engineering to modern 3-D computer animation disciplines. It’s located in Daxing District, Beijing, PRC. It is now actively involved in developing 3D animation standards and promoting the use of motion capture techniques within the Chinese animation industries.

The Media School, at Bournemouth University, is the largest centre of vocational higher education for the media industries in the UK, offering high-quality, industry-recognised courses in Media Production and Media Management, Journalism, Computer Animation, and Communications; including Public Relations and Marketing.

The Media School is the UK's only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (as designated by Higher Education Funding Council for England) and is also an accredited Skillset Screen Academy. These endorsements firmly establish the School as a major training and education centre for the media industries.

Charles Elder | alfa
Further information:
http://www.media.bournemouth.ac.uk

More articles from Communications Media:

nachricht Tile Based DASH Streaming for Virtual Reality with HEVC from Fraunhofer HHI
03.01.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut

nachricht Product placement: Only brands placed very prominently benefit from 3D technology
07.07.2016 | Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

All articles from Communications Media >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Quantum optical sensor for the first time tested in space – with a laser system from Berlin

For the first time ever, a cloud of ultra-cold atoms has been successfully created in space on board of a sounding rocket. The MAIUS mission demonstrates that quantum optical sensors can be operated even in harsh environments like space – a prerequi-site for finding answers to the most challenging questions of fundamental physics and an important innovation driver for everyday applications.

According to Albert Einstein's Equivalence Principle, all bodies are accelerated at the same rate by the Earth's gravity, regardless of their properties. This...

Im Focus: Traffic jam in empty space

New success for Konstanz physicists in studying the quantum vacuum

An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...

Im Focus: How gut bacteria can make us ill

HZI researchers decipher infection mechanisms of Yersinia and immune responses of the host

Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...

Im Focus: Interfacial Superconductivity: Magnetic and superconducting order revealed simultaneously

Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.

While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...

Im Focus: Studying fundamental particles in materials

Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales

Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Sustainable Water use in Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

19.01.2017 | Event News

12V, 48V, high-voltage – trends in E/E automotive architecture

10.01.2017 | Event News

2nd Conference on Non-Textual Information on 10 and 11 May 2017 in Hannover

09.01.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Tracking movement of immune cells identifies key first steps in inflammatory arthritis

23.01.2017 | Health and Medicine

Electrocatalysis can advance green transition

23.01.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

New technology for mass-production of complex molded composite components

23.01.2017 | Process Engineering

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>