Fire Dancing is a form of Poi, a Maori art that involves spinning a set of tethered weights around a person's body in rhythmic patterns. It is a skill that takes patience to learn and years of dedication to master.
In most fire poi videos, the camera is locked off and the dance is captured as a whole from this static position. While that works in showing off the complexity of the moves, it doesn’t quite immerse the viewer in the whole experience.
For this video I wanted to slow the movements down to capture the lifelike characteristics of the fire, show how close it gets to the dancer's face and body, and to emphasize the grace and focus needed to control this dangerous yet beautiful entity.
Fire Dance was shot in Freshwater Beach Sydney, using a Red Epic.
Fire Dancer: Cat Juan-Ledesma
Director: Carlo Ledesma
Cinematographer: Sidat de Silva
Editor: Enzo Tedeschi
Visual Effects Supervisor: Matthew Graham
Visual Effects Technician: Jimmy Shen
Titles: Mark Bowey
Colourist: Sie Kitts
Makeup: Nicolle Adrichem
Camera Assistant: Richard Hawkins
Fire Safety Assistant: Alex Lee
Composer: Samantha Fonti
Copyright allOrange Films 2012 all rights reserved
A short movie shot around Prague, featuring fire dancers from the Firedance Company (firedance.cz)
Music by Jim Guthrie, remixed by Mitsuto Suzuki, from the release "The Scythian Steppes: Seven #Sworcery Songs Localized for Japan", avaliable at jimguthrie.bandcamp.com/ (used with the author's permission).