This is an edited version of "Life Dance" by dancer / choreographer Makoto Hirano shot with the Pansasonic GH1 and the Pegasus II DV stabilizer using the stock 14-140 lens in (iA) mode.
This version of "Life Dance" combines both takes that we did. The 2nd Take was better as a whole and I kept it in it's entirety and it is posted here on vimeo. The 1st take I was a little tentative and also accidentally brushed up against Makoto so the camera spun but as the piece went a long I got my momentum and still captured some interesting and powerful moments of this very simple and amazing piece.
I shot with the Variable ND filter and so I set the filter so that the image is a tad darker on the 1st take than on the 2nd Take. That's how you'll know which take it was. In retrospect, I should not have adjusted the Variable ND filter so that both takes would match up.
Overall, I combined the best moments form each take and in some small way we get a sense of Makoto's struggle a bit more especially when he starts to fall to the ground during the later half of the piece. Many of those shots are form the 1st take and it's nice to get that perspective.
This version of "Life Dance" was from the "Boom Bap Tourism" performed at the Asian Arts Initiative on August 7, 2009.
Creator/Performer: Makoto Hirano
Project Mentor: Hellmut Gottschild
Dramaturg: Andrew Simonet
Sound Designer: Mikaal Sulaiman with additional engineering and composition by Dan Giraldo
Videographer: Gary San Angel
BBT is made possible through an Independence Foundation Fellowship, co-production support from the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Yoga Sutra Philadelphia, and Asian Arts Initiative.
Stay tuned for Elemental Dance by Makoto Hirano!!