CNR 2014: Movies: Tarik Abdel-Gawad & Ashley Rodholm (USA): FRANCESCA DA RIMINI: BALLET MEETS ROBOTICS
The project was conceived by director Tarik Abdel-Gawad as an experiment to synchronize a robotically controlled camera with a dancer's every step. The camera moves were designed to fluidly coordinate with the choreography and orbit around the dancers to present an intimate and unique view on the performance. Using a combination of motion capture, 3D animation, and industrial robotics, "FRANCESCA DA RIMINI" demonstrates how the synthesis of art and technology can bring a new perspective to a classic art form.
TARIK ABDEL-GAWAD is a Creative Technologist at Autofuss, a design and engineering studio based in San Francisco.
As the Creative and Technical director of "Box," Tarik combined robotics, projection mapping, and filmmaking into an innovative hybrid of art and technology. In 2011, he worked on the set of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" as a member of the small Bot & Dolly team that helped realize the film's groundbreaking robotically-driven cinematography.
Since then he has focused on expanding the creative application of robotics across a wide range of fields including feature and commercial filmmaking, interactive installation, and theatrical production.
At the intersection of art and science, Tarik's
interdisciplinary approach to creative work connects the physical
with the digital through technology, visual design and
ASHLEY RODHOLM is Editor at Autofuss; a design and engineering studio in San Francisco.
Her editorial work includes short documentaries, music videos, narrative short films, and commercials for major brands like Google, Nike, Facebook, and Microsoft.
In 2010 she began collaborating with Bot & Dolly to make films that feature and utilize robotics and state of the art technology.
In 2013, she co-directed a short experimental documentary called "3020 Laguna St. In Exitum." The film premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2013 where it won the first prize Golden Gate Award. It went on to screen at several festivals in both the US and Europe. Currently, Ashley is developing a narrative feature while continuing to collaborate on film projects that combine art and technology.
[image source: ALEXANDER RENEFF-OLSON]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
"Ballet Meets Robotics" is a short documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at how cutting edge technology was employed in the short dance film, "Francesca Da Rimini".
Ballet Meets Robotics
The short documentary "Ballet Meets Robotics" directed by Tarik Abdel-Gawal & Ashley Rodholm (USA) will be screened at Cafe Neu Romance on the 28 November 2014 at IIM.
IIM (Institute of
Hall H25 at FEL CVUT
160 00 Prague.
Note for the visitors of IIM: Go first to the info-desk at Galerie NTK, Technická 6, to get an entrance badge.