WHO ARE WE?
Shapes in Motion have been moving professional movers since 2010 and have built up extremely strong industry connections with a multitude of creatives, movement practitioners, companies, facilitators and all sorts of movers & makers of movement over the years. In 2016 we formed the MoCap Troupe, a group of emerging MoCap performers, who are now killing it within the MoCap industry! Now in 2022 The Troupe are expanding covering further areas of Movement in Performance, nurturing emerging talent and supporting those with a mass of experience also. Welcome to The Shapes in Motion Troupe of Movers & Makers.
The Troupe are a combination of professional and agent represented actors, physical performers and creative practitioners who are highly experienced in an array of movement specialisms from Motion Capture to Dance, Physical Theatre to Parkour, Aerial to Puppetry, Combat to Mime, Creature Performance to Fitness and so much more …
We meet regularly to connect, network, move and train together in terms of fitness and continued professional development in all aspects of Movement & Performance and can be called upon for Theatre, TV, Film, Animation, VR, XR, Live Performance, Photographic and other creative projects.
The Troupe are coordinated by Movement Director & Creative Sarah Perry, who works closely with all members to support, develop and help sustain their relevant skills. Sarah also works closely with directors, agents & casting directors to recommend performers for specific projects and productions.
Our community of Movers & Makers is continually growing, so do get in touch if you would like to join or find out more.
HOW CAN WE WORK WITH YOU?
If you are a Casting Director, Director, Producer, Production Company, Motion Capture Studio or Creative looking to cast/recruit an individual or a group of performers or require movement specialists who are perhaps use to working together, then we are the go-to Troupe for you.
We can recommend individuals to Directors & Casting Directors who we think may be a great fit for your project, we’ll pass on their details for you to get in touch with their Agents or them directly. Please note, Shapes in Motion is not an agency; we are here to support the individual and the industry.
Movement Director Sarah Perry can be booked as a movement coordinator on your project to work with the Troupe and other cast & creative members on and off set to organise any potential trainings necessary for the project and to rehearse, coach and workshop particular characters, creatures, moments, movement scenes or concepts.
SPOTLIGHT ON… Jake Nwogu
Welcome to Shapes in Motion’s Spotlight On… Our Troupe of regular Shapes in Motion: Movers & Makers range from Actors, Dancers, MoCap Performers, Movement Tutors, emerging Movement Directors & Choreographers, Directors, Makers of Movement and so much more.
Here we have long-time Dancer and Movement Practitioner Jake Nwogu. We asked Jake a few questions – this is what he had to say…
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Jake, a Movement Practitioner, single father and neurodivergent. I live on a very remote farm in Mid Wales and travel around a lot for work!
Tell us a little bit about your movement & performance passions
I describe myself as a Movement Practitioner, this is because I have a very diverse skill set and I don’t fully identify myself as mainly one. I originally trained as a ballet dancer, but constantly kept retaining in different styles throughout my career including Contemporary Dance, Bboying (Breakin) and Popping. This diversification has led me to explore other movement-based practices like Martial Arts, Stage and Screen Combat, Stunt work and Creature Movement. At the moment I’m looking at training in choreography for film (both fight and dance), and also movement direction too.
What are you currently working on?
There are few things on at the moment including a to be announced TV production with Sarah Perry and a few other members of the Troupe! Other than that, I’m teaching a lot both here in Mid Wales and Redcar in Yorkshire. I’ve recently done a driving doubling job and doubled another actor as a dancer in a hazmat suit on the same production. I’m also working on writing 2 movement based short films. One will be more screen combat based one will be more physical theatre (think Mr Bean with dance). No two weeks are the same for me and work comes in last minute so if you ask me this question next week, I’ll probably have a different list.
Tell us a little bit about your experience with Shapes in Motion
One of my bucket list jobs I set out to achieve was Motion Capture when I graduated from college in the early 2000s. It was in its infancy back then and there were a number of false starts. Around 2016 I started seriously looking for ways into this sector and attended a number of courses including Shapes in Motion’s Intro to Mocap and Hitting the Brief workshops in late 2017. What I liked about Sarah’s approach was it was more movement focused, which coming from a dance background really resonated with me. I was then invited to join the Troupe in 2019. I love the little community of like-minded people Shapes in Motion has attracted and how everyone brings different skills to the table and everyone’s willingness to share their experiences and knowledge with each other.
What’s your dream job?
I definitely want to do more creature-based work and haven’t been in the Star Wars franchise yet. Another bucket list job is to do fire stunts. Maybe I could mix these and be an alien that gets set on fire in Star Wars!
What has been one of your creative highlights?
I’ve been lucky enough to have achieved nearly all of my career goals in some way or form so choosing one is very difficult, I’m going to cheat and name a few. It would have to be either being a founding member of Ballet Black which has made a huge difference in promoting diversity in ballet, Creature work in Dr Who, getting my first full Stunts contract in a Marvel film or doing the Mocap for a motor racing game (all fan boy moments for me).
What has been one of your most creative challenges?
Being a single father and primary carer for my son and living so far away from the main creative hubs like London or Cardiff. Luckily, I have a great support system in my parents and my former partner who step in and help with child care when I have to be away. I also have great friends who help out by letting me sleep on their sofas or in spare rooms. There are not enough thank You’s in the world for these people.
Pearls of wisdom for an emerging performer?
Find your niche and make it work for you, instead of trying to do what everyone else is wanting to do. It cuts down on the competition which means more work!
Keep training and retraining, your skills will be honed, you’ll learn more skills making you more marketable and you also build a bigger contact base which means you will hear about job opportunities and or meet people who may be looking for someone for a specific job.
If you don’t make the cut in a casting process don’t take it personally. It is more likely that you don’t quite fit the criteria for costume or they need someone with a different look rather than you not having the talent.
Auditions and castings are free workshops and classes, if you see it this way it could help reduce your nerves, plus the person taking the casting/audition will see more of your creativity.
How can we find out more about you?