Storyteller Problem Solver Actor

about

As a kid I recorded The Swan Princess voices with a cassette tape player, jumped out of playground swings from daring heights, and danced around the house to We Will Rock You. A gymnastics and Georgia Tech pole-vaulting career later, it’s no wonder I find myself at the intersection of athletics, performance, and technology.  

Think of me as the Artsy-Technical Energizer Bunny for inspiring stories.  As long as I keep bouncing back and forth between the creative and the technical, I can keep going and going and going . . .

Latest projects

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Mary Anne Saves the Day

Mary Anne Saves the Day

interactive audiobook

Armchair Quarterback

vr experience

Officer Buckle and Gloria

interactive audiobook

Delta

virtual photography

Zayden’s Wish

vr trip to saturn

Sky Rover

dancin' in the air

Natural Speaking Voice 

  • Age Range: 25 – 40
  • Accent: Neutral American

Voice Qualities

  • Fresh, Bright, Crisp, Smooth, Soft
  • Maternal, Kind, Energetic, Quirky

Home Studio

  • TONOR Professional Condenser Mic
  • Pop Filter, Behringer Xenyx 302 USB/Audio Interface

Specialties

  • Audiobooks, Animation, E-learning
  • Children’s Literature, Young Adult

professional experience

Mocap Talent / Stand-In / Extra

JAN. 2015 – FEB. 2018
  • Portrayed tech demo characters (Optitrack / Perception Neuron suits)
  • Stand-in for virtual photography shoots
  • Extra for Floorplan Revolution promotional videos

education

atlanta voiceover studio, Atlanta, GA

FEB. 2020 
  • Intro to VO with Brian Bremer

Alliance Theater, Atlanta, GA

NOV. 2019 – DEC. 2019
  • Acting I with Allison Gardner

various classes, Atlanta, GA

OCT. 2018 – JUN. 2019
  • Girls will Be Boys with Lisa Biggs
  • Private voice coaching with Sharon Corpening

3D work

Zayden’s Wish @ TRICK 3D 

  • Technical demo coordination and rehearsal
  • Realtime pipeline debugging in Unreal Engine

Sky Rover Commercial @ TRICK 3D 

  • Optitrack on-set previsualization

Aflac Commercial @ TRICK 3D 

  • Optitrack mocap recording, Editing in MotionBuilder and Maya
  • Pipeline development in 3ds Max and Maya

Terminus Presentation for TRICK 3D 

  • (Un)Realistic Expectations: Pushing Unreal 4 Beyond Gaming (Speaker)
  • Dance choreography, Mocap recording with Perception Neuron Unreal plugin

2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Opening 

  • Pipeline development, Lighting assistance in Maya
  • Rendered with Mental Ray

Dancin’ Man @ Games That Work (serious game for IARPA) 

  • Optitrack recording and mocap editing in MotionBuilder
  • Lighting in Maya, Rendered with Mental Ray

Delta Virtual Photography @ TRICK 3D 

  • Ran Optitrack’s Virtual Camera System (VCS) with MotionBuilder plugin
  • Technical continuity, Script supervision, vMix video capture operation with live chroma key

Render Script @ Turner Studios 

  • Scripting, Debugging, Documentation in After Effects

Nor: A Cloud Story @ SCAD Atlanta (10 week collaborative short)

  • Lighting, Shader network setup, Debugging character rigs in Maya
  • Rendered with Mental Ray

skills

Motion Capture
Virtual Production
Pipeline Development / R & D
3D Generalist
Technical Training / Documentation
Public Speaking

software

Unreal
Optitrack MCS
Maya
MotionBuilder
Unity
3ds Max
Shotgun
Adobe Audition / Premiere
Blade MCS

languages

Unreal Blueprints
Python
MEL Script
MAXScript

professional experience

freelancer

AUG. 2018 – PRESENT
  • Motion capture, 3d generalist, pipeline development, previs, volumetric capture
  • Previous clients include Profile Studios, Millions of Tiny Robots, Arcturus, ProxiVP

Technical Manager, Trick 3D

JAN. 2015 – FEB. 2018
  • Facilitated on-set virtual production shoots, motion capture / calibration / cleanup
  • VR / AR tech demos for archvis / cinematic previs, developed previsualization tools
  • R & D project pipelines, Shotgun, public speaking, documentation

Effects Technical Assistant, Turner Studios

JUNE – AUG. 2014
  • R & D pipeline and tools for Nuke, After Effects, and Maya workflows 
  • Color management for ARRI Alexa / Nuke workflow 
  • Rendering, 3d tracking, lens distortion, alembic, Javascript, Python

Lead Mocap Technician, Games That Work

JUNE – AUG. 2012
  • Ran Optitrack capture sessions, processed and distributed motion capture data

teaching & research

adjunct professor, georgia tech / gwinnett technical college

 AUG. 2018 – JULY 2019
  • Taught Maya / Unreal for storytelling, WordPress web development

Motion Capture Assistant, ARTech Residency

NOV. 2010 – FEB. 2011
  • Facilitated Vicon Blade motion capture sessions 
  • Documented, processed, and archived optical data

education

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

  • Master of Science in Digital Media (May 2014), 3.92 GPA
  • Bachelor of Science in Computational Media (May 2011), 3.91 GPA Highest Honors
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA (ANIM, VSFX, TECH Courses)

Contact me

how can i help?

  • Technical Training / Pipeline Development 
  • Virtual Production / Motion Capture  
  • Voice / Motion Capture Performance
  • (770)‍ 595‍-0934
  • ericapenk@gmail.com
Complementary audio samples available upon request!

Latest Posts

from my blog

Today, I will look at how director Tom Hooper uses movement and space to reflect the state of Bertie’s emotional well-being, his courage and progress overcoming his stammer, and his willingness to trust his peculiar speech therapist, Lionel Logue, all while building tension to best serve the climax of the film.

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