I’m really excited to share with you a preview of Doug Fox’s up-coming screening program at Kinetic Cinema. Doug Fox is a blogger and publishes the dance blog, Great Dance (where Move the Frame started!). This past summer he began studying all forms of animation, especially as they relate to dance and movement. For his screening on Wednesday February 11th at Chez Bushwick he’ll be showing over fifteen clips from video and film animations, that show how directors, artists, choreographers and dancers have used different animation and video editing techniques to capture, illustrate and transform human movement.
Below is an excellent multi-media guide to his program that Doug posted on Great Dance last week. Date, time, location, and ticket info is at the bottom of this post.
by Doug Fox
The following videos will be screened during this dance and animation program (final program subject to change).
Much thanks to the artists, animators, directors, choreographers, dancers and producers of the following videos for their help and time. I’ve interviewed many of the artists whose work will be shown. And I appreciate their taking the time to share their backgrounds, insights and creative process with me.
“EN TUS BRAZOS” (2006) 5:20 minutes
A 3D narrative-based animation about a tragic accident that befalls a great Tango dancer of the 1920s. Direction and animation: François-Xavier Goby, Matthieu Landour and Edouard Jouret.
“CHANDON – AFTER PARTY” (2007) 34 seconds
“THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE” (2003) 2:36 minute excerpt
In a scene from this Academy Award-nominated animated feature, Madame Souza, while searching for her kidnapped grandson in a big metropolis, engages the Belleville Triplets in a song and dance number. Released in US by Sony Pictures Classics. Courtesy of New Yorker Films.
“FEET OF SONG” (1988) 5:27 minutes
Inspired by African music and art, UK-based 2D animator and dancer Erica Russell, who grew-up in South Africa, explores rhythms, colors and moving forms.
“BALLET DANCER WARM-UPS” (2007) 1:13 minutes
2D animator Susan Chien, for a life-drawing class at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, created a hand-drawn animation with a stop-motion feel that captures the movements of a human model.
“HUMAN SKATEBOARD” (2007) 32 seconds
A stop-motion TV commercial created for Sneaux Shoes by director PES. Sneaux fans are encouraged to create and share their own stop-motion skateboarding adventures.
“REMINISCENCE” (2008) 3:30 minutes
Video artist Morgan Beringer used a variety of rotoscoping styles (tracing over live-action video footage) to capture the unique movement patterns of jugglers and movement artists.
“GHOSTCATCHING” (1999) 7:10 minutes
Digital artists Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar composed this 3D animation based on the captured movement and sound phrases of choreographer Bill T. Jones. This art installation premiered at The Cooper Union School of Art.
“TIMESCULPTURE” (2008) 1:01 minutes
Toshiba’s TV ad builds on the bullet-time technique made famous by The Matrix. 200 HD camcorders captured a series of moving snapshots, which were then composited into a sequence of overlapping loops . Production Company: Hungry Man LTD, director: Mitch Stratten.
“JOINVILLE DANCE FESTIVAL PROMOTION” (2008) 30 seconds
3D animated video promotion for dance festival in Brazil. Design and characters inspired by illustrations of dance steps in teaching magazines. Director: Frederico Freire, animators: Frederico Freire and Magno Borgo.
“KINETICS” (2008) 2:53 minutes
Chicago-based visual designer Nicholas Schrunk produced this video that features the interplay of motion graphics and the breakdancing of Damion “Daylight” Day, recorded with a high-speed video camera.
“TRASH DANCE” (2008) 1:03 minutes
Oliver Fergusson-Taylor, then pursuing a Masters in Digital Effects at Bournemouth University, created this mixed live-action and computer graphics animation featuring a 3D model constructed of discarded materials and the breakdancing of Exlis Staddon.
“CSI: NY SECOND LIFE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE” (2007) — 1:47 minutes
Nightclub dancing scene from CSI: NY. Machinima pioneers ILL Clan produced the in-world animations for CBS where a killer is tracked in the Second Life virtual world.
“ILLUMINATED” (2007) 4:13 minutes
Animator Kevin Abbott modeled a 3D metallic character that moves to the motion-captured sequence of dancer David Curwen. Created and performed at Western Michigan University (WMU).
“BODY NAVIGATION” (2008) 8:08 minutes
Recoil Performance Group’s dance installation with real-time, interactive graphics, premiered in Copenhagen as part of Danish Dance Theatre’s “Labyrinth.” Choreography by Tina Tarpgaard, and visual and interaction design by Ole Kristensen and Jonas Jongejan.
“MR. FORTUNE” – (2006) 2:14 seconds
Tel-Aviv-based animator Eric Lerner created this live action/CG animation that features the rhythmic ambulations of the stretchy Mr. Fortune as part of his graduation project at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem.
“WANDERLUST” (2008) 7:38 minutes
Björk’s award-winning music video, which was created with puppets, live action video and computer graphics, can be viewed in both 2D and stereoscopic 3D. Directed by Encyclopedia Pictura, produced by Ghost Robot, choreographed by Chris Elam.
DATE, LOCATION AND TICKET DETAILS
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10 (Purchased at the door)