CELEBRATING MEDIA X
Theatre arts Professor Lisa Tromovitch selected Luskin’s multimedia production to celebrate Pacific's digital media major, Media X.
This new major is designed for students who are interested in pursuing combinations of coursework that relate to traditional, digital and emerging media. Tromovitch saw "Ecce Homo" as a perfect fit to highlight this mission, given that the play itself is on the cutting edge of live production, mixing real-time motion capture sequences and digitally recorded motion capture video combined with animated digital sequences.
The play is the product of hard work by actors and the production crew, students who are all dedicated to bringing the characters on stage (and on screen) to life.
“To have actors in the play who truly understand their characters, that bring their characters to life — that is something that people cannot miss.” — Luke Weinberg '18, who plays character Gus Lund
TECHNOLOGY & THE ARTS
The changing role of technology in the entertainment industry is one of the main themes of the production.
“(As the story unfolds), you start to see how — yes, there’s technology — but you have to be a good actor in order for the technology to be useful. You see people being afraid of the technology. You see people embracing the technology, but ultimately it doesn’t matter that we keep throwing technology at it, we still need the live performers — actors trained as actors.” — Lisa Tromovitch, play director
STUDENTS AND THE THEATER
Engagement in the arts provides a variety of useful skills for students, including the ability to change the perspective from which they see the world to foster empathy and compassion.
“The arts and humanities in general remind us that we do have to work at being human — at least the humane part — it’s not necessarily automatic that we can learn to be compassionate and empathetic. The arts give us the chance to do that. Theater is especially great because you get to try things on for size.” — Tromovitch
"Acting connects to just about everything. Acting enables you to use your voice, to be better in public speaking, to observe things and make connections. There is nothing more important than the aspect of role playing. You have the classic line, 'walk in someone else’s shoes.' The theater actually enables you to do that.” — Weinberg
ANIMATION IN ACTION
"Ecce Homo" incorporates live motion capture into the production in real-time. That means audience members will get a behind-the-scenes look at how this popular type of animation is done.
"Even more than a typical play, the digital technology components of this production require that (actors and crew) have to be on their game. They learn time management. They learn how to be really focused — you can't screw up a cue because that screws up everybody." - Tromovitch