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Acrobatics and Animation Research Project!

Hello all!

I'm writing my first blog post to share a research project I've developed focusing on 3D modeling and animation in acrobatic design applications. I'll be working closely (but remotely!) with 3 fellow students from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Bradlee Hager, Pablo Gonzalez, and Joshua Lawson). I will post brief bios of everyone involved below! Together, we will immerse ourselves in the process of developing and designing an original acrobatic concept. The goal of the project is to produce an animated video not only showing the apparatus we've created, but also demonstrating its use by performers.

To stay up to date on the project's development and the open Zoom meetings, stay tuned to this blog as well as my social media:

Website Link:

IG: @hodumjuggler


Thanks for reading,


Meet the Team!!!!

Houston Odum: Houston is from Jamestown, NC. He is currently a Scenic Design student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When not at school, Houston remains actively involved in his passion of circus through his ongoing work with the Nouveau Sud Circus Project in Charlotte, NC. At Nouveau Sud, Houston acts as a Director and Creator for different projects including special events and original theatrical productions.

Bradlee Hager: Bradlee joins the team virtually from the beaches of Southern California. Through the last decade she has worked in many of the technical areas of theatre: including projections, lighting, carpentry, props and automation. Most recently she worked to develop and build complex automation control systems as the intern at Verendus Industries. She has just graduated from UNCSA with an MFA in Stage Automation and is ready to travel the world as an automation operator. 

Pablo Gonzalez: Pablo Gonzalez is a B.F.A candidate at UNCSA for Design and Production with a concentration in Scene Design. They have been working on theatrical projects since 2014 as a stagehand, costume stitcher, carpenter, and concert lighting operator, including working professionally as a scenic painter for The Performance Project located in South Florida. They are expected to graduate in 2022.

Joshua Lawson: Joshua Lawson, a current Stage Properties Major at UNCSA. He’s navigating the props world and the artisan-teachings with a focus on woodworking and fabrication, and has a background in Illustration and graphic design. He sculpts in his spare time as well as trying to fill up as many sketch books as possible.

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