Peter Divers is a motion capture specialist and animator from Melbourne, Victoria. Pete recently returned to the Deakin Motion.Lab after working at Weta Digital in New Zealand on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2013-14) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) in the motion capture department.
His list of skills and credits continue to grow as they blend and shift towards live animation and the creation of Deakin Motion.Lab’s Alchemy Pipeline, a pipeline designed to aid in the production of film pre-visualisation and live 2D episodic cartoons.
In the past, Pete has worked on several Deakin Motion.Lab projects including deer motion capture for Nocturnal Migration, Tooheys Beer TVC by Alt.vfx, which won a Cannes Silver Lion, and the digital double and crowd motion capture for feature film I,Frankenstein. Other motion capture credits include Abbott’s Bakery TVC, also for Alt.vfx, and Rugby League Live 2, for Big Ant Studios.
His motion capture, 3D animation and environment design for stereoscopic projection were showcased in interactive performance projects at Deakin Motion.Lab, including Choreotopography (Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne Ballet Company), and collaborations with Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Director Garry Stewart and the Victorian Opera, among others.
This year Pete has worked with Faceware Technologies and method studios to create astonishing facial animation of a mother Orang-Utan, for the World Wildlife Foundation’s AEAF award nominated ‘Heart of Borneo’ television commercial, he has delivered presentations on motion capture and animation for Australian and Melbourne International Animation Festivals, and for the International Game Developers Association. In February he was project manager and artist for Vox Lumen: People Into Light, which brought live motion capture and abstract graphics to Melbourne White Night festival, which drew in a record crowd of over 600,000 people.