To celebrate the end of 2020 and to ring in a happier 2021, robotics company Boston Dynamics programmed their ATLAS, SPOT, and HANDLE robots to perform a little dance routine to The Contours classic Do You Love Me? Everything you see here was filmed in-camera with real robots, and with no CGI or visual effects.
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When you think of figure skating, Metallica isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Team USA ice dancers Oona and Gage Brown dispel that notion with this exceptionally precise performance choreographed to Nothing Else Matters, combining Metallica’s original metal ballad with a cover version by Marlisa.
Backed by the jazzy sounds of Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions‘ track Hurri-Mitanni (Güzel Haber), director Gökalp Gönen’s music video is loaded with eye-catching images, as a series of dancers wander the streets, transforming into surreal and colorful figures with the help of computer graphics tech.
David Chanishvili is a dancer with the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet. In order to perform their mix of folk dance, classical ballet, and modern dance, he and his fellow company members must possess incredible coordination, athleticism, and strength. Great Big Story offers a brief glimpse into their talents.
This short dance film by THÉORIZ pulls off some impressive visuals, given the fact that all of its effects were shot in-camera, with no green screen or post-production. They achieved their mixed reality illusion using motion tracking synchronized with real-time projected imagery. Behind the scenes here (turn captions on.)
(PG-13: Lyrics) “People, we the pirates, the pride of this great republic.” The music video for RTJ, Greg Nice, and DJ Premier’s anthemic track imagines a day when classes, currency, and other arbitrary social constructs burn to the ground, and we all dance and party in the streets to celebrate the fall of the house of cards.
If there’s one thing you can definitely do while stuck at home, it’s dance. We all have our own favorite moves, but most of them couldn’t hold a candle to the smooth-flowing choreography of dancer Poppin John, who wowed us with his colorful living room performance.
Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee’s enchanting video observes Los Angeles from a new perspective. Watch in awe as dancer-choreographer Jason Chong appears to dance across the city’s overhead power lines. Now before you go calling the power company, the illusion was done using VFX trickery by Smith and Theo Alexopoulos.
The dancers of Pyroterra Fire & Light show off one of their coolest props. The LED Cube FT is a large, but lightweight cube packed with 1368 RGB LEDs designed for stage performances. The collapsible cubes have a programmable chip on board for storing sequences and can be controlled remotely from up to 200 meters away.
It’s been a while since we checked in with dancer Marquese Scott, and it’s good to know that he’s still got all the moves. In this clip for Ed “Gusto” Greene & Scott Trent’s modern disco track, his crisp and clean choreography is further accentuated with the addition of colorful moving lines. Download the track here.
A group of talented kids from Walden Grove High School’s PAC Dance Team take on the world of The Avengers with a highly-energetic and highly-entertaining routine that recaps highlights from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as our costumed superheroes perform choreographed battle with Thanos and his Black Order.
If you’ve ever been in one of those indoor skydiving facilities, you know it can be a pretty wild experience. Without fear of ever hitting the ground, they even use the chambers for dance competitions. Prepare to be amazed with this performance by freestyle dancer Kyra Poh.
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