In each culture, dance encompasses many distinct forms. Whether people dance for religious reasons, educational or for pure entertainment, in all forms movement helps to communicate emotion. Every motion of the body has a purpose to share the meaning of a story. In a formal performance, lighting, sound and costumes are used to enhance this story. We are curious to see on stage, how software can also be used to enhance dance in real-time.
Dance Dance Ribbon was created during the Generative Design course in Copenhagen institute of Interaction Design. In this course, we focused on how we can use software as a tool of expression. On that account, Dance Dance Ribbon focuses on visualizing dance by tracking the body of the dancer and tracing their movements with trails of ribbons using Microsoft's Kinect and Processing. Specifically, we wanted to show that dance is a medium of expression, leading to different outputs.
While tracing movements, the program also saves a picture every few frames, leaving the dancer with images of their movements to examine afterwards. On each frame we show the time of the movement in correlation with the song, the spectrum peak of the song, and also whether the beat was on or off at that moment. For the final project we created a flip book and a poster from these images. Through these images, dancers and spectators are able to study the differences between types of dance.
In the future, we would like to explore the digital output more, possibly focusing on how the speed of the movement could change the output or integrating a physics engine with particles instead of ribbons. We also hope to concentrate on how the stage can become something more interactive.
Course Instructors: Joshua Noble & David Gauthier.
Built in: processing & openGL, SimpleOpenNI, openNI and primeSense libraries.
Ribbon algorithm: Erik Natzke & James Alliban.
Music: O..Saya - A.R. Rahman Feat. M.I.A
We won a competitive pitch to design and produce a new series of channel idents as part of Kiss TV’s identity refresh. The brief was to conceive a collection of idents that would embody the fresh, edgy and glamorous values of the channel. We delivered 4 in total which we developed and produced entirely in-house.
Each ident explores a specific expression of the attitude and confidence that the Kiss brand embodies and their viewers aspire to.
From bold physical Hip-Hop inspired gesticulations, the self-assured strutting of a modern-day diva to the care-free euphoria of being lost in music and the fearless gymnastic energy of today’s urban dancer – these were the expressions of confidence we felt would resonate with the target audience.
Our goal was to develop a striking look and feel across the idents that would reinforce the channels progressive values with a nod to the brands heritage.
Our starting point was to research and explore styles, motifs, textures and palettes that visually epitomised each of the channels core music genres. We ultimately combined aspects of each with a rich, lustrous and sophisticated feel that would satisfy the forward thinking needs of the channel, while being reflective of their content.
With attitude at the core of the idents, authenticity in the characters movement was crucial to the success of each spot.
We motion-captured young performers that we felt genuinely embodied the bold attitude, ensuring the movement felt believable and true.
We employed the services of E.Motion Capture in West London for the one-day shoot.
Music & Sound design
The brilliant Zelig Sound were brought on board to compose and produce an individual theme across the idents.
Our friends at AXN approached us for the second time to create the promo for their upcoming TV-series season, both for Spain and Portugal. Needless to say we were very excited. Last time we worked together we had such a great time, not to mention the success we shared by winning both a silver and a bronze at the New York Festivals 2013.
This year AXN wanted to do something completely different as far as TV promos go, joining aspects from both the digital and analog world which is something we clearly love to do. Binary, analogue: binalogue – get it?
Based on their idea, we co-directed, art directed, produced, designed and animated these promos that fuse live action, choreography, performance, live lighting, projection mapping as well as multiple compositing and VFX techniques . The end result was nothing short of spectacular – and alongside the skilful and experienced team from AXN we experienced a great ride while creating these striking pieces to promote their season.
The process – which involved everything from rehearsals and creating a choreography through to the creation of storyboards, motion graphics, 3D and fluid simulations – was elaborate, stimulating, educational and above all – a truckload of fun! vimeo.com/112422845
Client: AXN - Sony Pictures Television - axn.es
Production Company: Binalogue - binalogue.com
Co-concept development, Co-direction, Art direction, Technical direction, Design, 3D, Motion graphics, VFX, Compositing & Finishing
AXN Creative manager: David Giménez
AXN Writer/producer: David Giménez
AXN Production coordinator: Elena Muñoz
AXN Production manager: Noelia Alonso
AXN Assistant director: Rubén Sánchez
AXN Sound mixer: Claudio Recuero
Concept development: AXN & Binalogue
Direction: David Giménez & David Carrizales
Art direction: David Carrizales
Direction of photography: Tommie Ferreras
Choreography: Fonty (facebook.com/gblbrtl.fontinejose/), David Giménez Teira, David Carrizales & Alejandro de Los Ríos
Talent: Fonty - facebook.com/gblbrtl.fontinejose/
Producer: Gloria Inglis
Technical supervision: Luis de La Barrera - Montenegro, Alejandro de Los Ríos & David Carrizales
Concept art & design: Samuel Alegre, Álvaro Bernis & Jorge Artola
Lead 3D artist: Luis de La Barrera - Montenegro
3D artists: Luis de La Barrera - Montenegro, Alejandro de Los Ríos, Luis Manuel Hidalgo, Álvaro Bernis & Juan de La Peña
Lead compositing artist: David Carrizales
Motion graphics, VFX & compositing: David Carrizales, Samuel Alegre, Fumiaki Kobayashi
Storyboarding: Álvaro Bernis, Fumiaki Kobayashi & Juan de La Peña
Still photography: Judith Sansó - judithsanso.com