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December 9, 2012 3:13 pm

La La La Human Steps – Amelia

I have recently been reminded of this amazing dance video from 2003, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted it earlier. Choreographer Édouard Lock‘s film with the Canadian dance company La La La Human Steps is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. Abstract contemporary ballet, somewhat bleak and melancholy, with stunning photography and beautiful dancing. If I ever make a dance video (and I hope to, one day) I want it to look like this.

August 27, 2012 10:15 am


More dance mixed with motion graphics. I really love the simplicity of the this one, the clean, simple graphic elements and the clear interactions between them and the dancer create a strong image and a feeling of interplay. And although it looses its way in the last 30 seconds or so, there are some interesting visual motifs and I think its definitely worth a watch.

“Embrace (2012) is a 2D motion graphics work that combines live action video of a dance performance with graphic effects to demonstrate an artist’s journey towards creative ecstasy. By using a visually rich multi-planar space in tandem with three distinct color palettes, Pearsall reveals the difficult and time-consuming creative struggles that are a necessary component of the artistic process.”

From the Vimeo description.

The film was made by Ashley Rae Pearsall on the School of Visual Arts’ Computer Arts program.

October 14, 2011 2:53 pm

Weetabix – Dancer

I just can’t get enough of this awesome TVC for Weetabix Chocolate Spoonsize. Cool moves, pounding beats and dancing teddy bears – what’s not to love?
Directed by Daniels, with music from Mord Fustang, and staring the amazing 10 year old dancer Arizona Snow.

September 14, 2011 10:57 pm

8 Hours in Brooklyn

Shot over an 8 hour period on location in Brooklyn, New York, this short piece from Next Level Pictures utilizes the Phantom Flex to great effect and features some stunning slow motion photography. Director Jonathan Bregel has done a tremendous job in capturing the beauty of urban street culture and the almost frozen tableau give the viewer plenty of opportunity to absorb the richness of moments which would otherwise be neglected by passers-by.

Bregel explains:
“[T]he idea behind this video was to document whatever sort of culture we could find within an 8 hour span with literally no pre-production. I have honestly seen too many slow-motion explosions, face slaps, and popping water balloons, that I thought capturing real culture, and real emotion would be a cool change of pace. My goal was to successfully pull of a few of these shots with a small crew in order to be able to pitch the Phantom Flex for a lot of the documentary work we shoot/produce. A big misconception is that you need a massive crew and massive lights in order to use this camera…false. However, you do need to know how to use natural daylight to your advantage along with having a kick-ass core crew to support you.”
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June 18, 2011 12:43 pm

Samsung Galaxy SII – Unleash Your Fingers

More awesome dance and motion graphics action, this time to promote the launch of the Samsung Galaxy SII in France. Samsung flew in dancer JayFunk from LA to give a finger-tutting performance, to which Motionfanclub added post effects.

January 10, 2011 10:10 am

Thought of You

My background as a performing artist has given me a great appreciation for beautiful dance videos, and my current role as a visual effects artist, particularly as a rotoscoper, means I have a great affinity for roto-animation. As a result, this stunning piece of work from animator and storyboard artist Ryan Woodward strikes a chord with me that few pieces have been able to do.

Made in collaboration with Kori Wakamatsu, Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University, Woodward captures not just the movement of the dance, but the emotion, augmenting the action with beautiful imagery. I can’t recommend this enough.

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