February 29, 2008, Oxford, UK - Vicon, the developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture systems, is celebrating its involvement in the making of The Golden Compass, which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, at the 2008 Academy Awards on February 24th. Nick Bolton, chief executive at Oxford Metrics, said: â€œThis is great news and everyone here is delighted The Golden Compass picked up the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. 2007 was a great year for seeing the best of motion capture at the cinema. From transforming Ray Winstone into Beowulf, to creating the Transformers, right through to the work on The Golden Compass, weâ€™re thrilled to see our technology helping movie makers to create stunning pieces of work.â€? Audiomotion, a Vicon customer also based in Oxford, spent two days setting up its studio to begin work on The Golden Compass. It took a further two days to capture all the moves, which included fight sequences between the Tartars and the Gyptians and several moves on board the Gyptian ship, the Noorderlicht. Mick Morris, Audiomotionâ€™s managing director said: â€œIt was an amazing opportunity to work on The Golden Compass. Out of all of the movies we did last year, there was a particular buzz about this one since we have quite a few Phillip Pullman fans here in the studio. We are very proud to have been associated with this movie and we look forward to the next one.â€?
Academy AwardÂ®-winning Vicon is the worldâ€™s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems, serving customers and CG animation applications in film, visual effects, computer games, and broadcast television, as well as engineering and life science industries. Vicon operates in four offices worldwide, including its Los Angeles-based Entertainment headquarters, a 26,000 square-foot facility equipped with three performance capture stages for Viconâ€™s service company House of Moves as well as 125 Vicon MX40 cameras. Vicon is the largest holding of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group - LSE: OMG), plc., a group of technology companies that produces image understanding solutions for the entertainment, defense, life science and engineering markets. Other holdings include Emmy AwardÂ®-winning 2d3 and newly founded Geospatial Vision Ltd. Viconâ€™s and OMGâ€™s global clients include: life science leaders University of Pennsylvania, the VA Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Titleist Golf, National Pitching Association; engineering industry leaders Ford, BMW, Airbus, Lockheed, Pratt-Whitney, NASA, Caterpillar, International Truck, and Toyota; and entertainment companies Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Computer Entertainment, Industrial Light and Magic, Sega, Nintendo, UbiSoft, Vivendi, Electronic Arts, Square Enix and many others. For more information about OMG and its subsidiaries, visit