How medical research has created special effects in the movies

Monday, 30 November 2015

Tom-Shannon

Oxford Brookes University’s next Open Lecture will highlight how medical research on physical disability has contributed to creating special effects in film and entertainment.

On Wednesday 2 December, Oxford Brookes alumnus Dr Tom Shannon will take the audience on a short but highly visual journey into blockbuster movies, pop videos and advertisements populated by animated characters and creatures of fantasy.

This research has helped the medical community improve the quality of life of many thousands of children, veterans and people challenged by disability. An unintentional, but fascinating consequence of this work has been its use in the entertainment industry

Dr Tom Shannon, Co-Founder of Oxford Metrics Group and Director of Vicon Motion Systems

He will describe the techniques used to capture human motion and demonstrate how the same techniques are used to benefit thousands of disabled children each year and improve sporting performances.

 Co-Founder of Oxford Metrics Group and Director of Vicon Motion Systems, Dr Shannon said: “For much of the last 200 years, a huge amount of work has been undertaken to record, analyse and characterise gait – the patterns of movement when we walk. 

“This research has helped the medical community improve the quality of life of many thousands of children, veterans and people challenged by disability.

“An unintentional, but fascinating consequence of this work has been its use in the entertainment industry to create special effects and stunts and to bring some amazing creatures to life on the screen.”

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Dr Shannon is a chartered professional engineer with over 30 years of international, commercial experience as a practising engineer, medical physicist and computer scientist with a focus on clinical and machine vision applications applied to the analysis of human motion and shape. He is a Fellow of the Institutions of Engineers (Australia), the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. 

The lecture ‘From Medicine to the movies and back’ will take place at 6pm in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre on the Headington Campus.

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