Watch the new video from Sola Rosa, Can We Get It Together featuring Noah Slee, the second single taken from Sola Rosa's 7th album Magnetics due out this September. Download it here.
Director Jon Baxter explains how the video came to be:
"This project came about after a yarn between Andrew and myself trying to work out what would make for a good video for Can We Get it Together. I had recently been to a showcase at Colab (part of AUT) of their motion capture suite and was blown away by what could be done there. Andrew wanted to get some form of dance into the mix, and a bowl of fruit sat between us. A classic case of connecting the dots, using what was sitting under our noses.
"Motion capture, the technique used to animate most of the digitally created characters in films, including the mocap celebrity Golum, involves having actors perform their moves in front of 50 odd cameras placed strategically around the 'mocap suite'. These cameras read sensors, or small dots placed all over the actor's bodies, and convert this data into movement. After a little bit of cleaning up of the data it is applied to the computer generated character.
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"In our case the characters were made from a bunch of fruit. I wanted to combine the high tech, sophisticated technique of motion capture with something the complete opposite.
"At the heart of this clip are the awesome improvised dance moves. We didn't rehearse too much, I really wanted it to feel like it was being made up on the spot, which it actually was! I wanted to see the characters as much as see their dance moves, see the personal dynamics between them. I didn't want a perfect 'clinical' routine... this was more about having fun... and emulating what you would dance like if you were actually made of fruit."
Director: Jon Baxter
Character Design, 3D: Charles Cumming
Dancers: Seantum Rapana, Matthew Moore, Jimmy Martin, Andrew Miller
Mocap Technician: Javier Estevez
Mocap Suite: Colab, AUT
Production Co-ordinator: Hannah Walker
Production Assist: Jasmin Duthie
Rendering : The Rig, Blockhead, Underpants