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We were asked by the directors Us to lend a hand with a few shots on this promo for Hozier. They had shot a number of motion control passes, showcasing world class ballet dancer Sergei Polunin. We flawlessly combined and tweaked the passes to craft a number of multilayered shots of the performance. 


Motion control often initially seems straight forward, as was the case with this film. But once you dig a little deeper, shadows, reflections, motion blur and depth of field can need a little tickle for it to be convincing. This was the case with Movement.

If you ever get a chance, I recommend the 2016 film Dancer by Steven Cantor. It revolves around Sergei and some of the challenges he has overcome. Us put me on to it, and it was gripping.

Starring: Sergei Polunin


Production Comp: Academy Films

Directors: Us

Producer: Tabetha Glass-Jackman

Executive Producer: Leah Joyce

Executive Producer: Sheira Rees-Davies

DOP: Sebastian Wintero 


Choreographer: Sergei Polunin 


VFX: The Mill

VFX Supervisor: James Mac

2D artist: Amit Kambli

Colour: James Bamford

With thanks to Panavision


Editorial: Trim

Editor: Vid Price

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