After two months of planning we believe that we have finally confirmed the full crew who will be shooting in Wales in a little under two weeks time.
The team consists of;
Joe Abraham Dean (USA)
Bill Mitchell (USA)
Justin Duval (USA)
Matt Wright (UK)
Janire Najera (SPAIN)
Keefa Chan (WALES)
Tom Hardy (UK)
Manuel Pestana (PORTUGAL)
For more information regarding the film crew and their individual talents, please check out the crew page and watch out Wales, we will be capturing you soon!
As the newly appointed Creative Producer for Dance in Wales I was looking for interesting and compelling projects to host that were unique and artistically inspiring and would of course be of interest to broad audiences. I hit the jackpot when Matt and Jani from Urban Reaction Research Lab told me of their portable projection dome and their work with 360 moving images. At first I imagined simply a round tent but once seeing the dome I realised just how special this project could potentially be. Coupled with the current lack of dance film content for this medium worldwide and the great interest received by artists we set to work immediately on creating this project.
I am delighted with the process to date and ecstatic that we managed to attract such a great team to work with, not least Academy Award winning time-laspe artist Bill Mitchell – a real coup for the project.
Our award winning team of choreographers all came up with strong artistic ideas within hours of our initially meeting, a testament to the project brief, and we have received numerous requests from industry professionals and students wishing to volunteer their services and time to the project, just so they can be involved.
Filming starts in a couple of weeks with shooting in some fantastic locations including an abandoned open-air swimming pool and a cave which I’m sure will be a massive challenge for the crew and artists. We will keep you posted as the projects unfolds, I’m sure there will be lots to talk about!
Hello to anyone out there!
My name is Matt Wright and myself and my creative partner Janire Najera are the two creative directors behind the Urban Reaction Research Lab. We are incredibly excited to be producing both the Submergence trilogy of dance films as well as delivering the films to audiences through the creation and utilisation of a touring geodesic projection cinema.
The dance dome provides us both with an excellent opportunity to continue a major area of URRL’s research and development into the best solutions for delivering innovative 360 degree content outside of the constraints of a fixed facility such as a planetarium.
We are also incredibly fortunate to be working within such a talented international team of creatives. Although the project is a welsh one, so far I can list at least 3 Americans, 2 Portuguese, 2 Spanish, 3 English, 5 welsh & 1 Cambodian working on the project!
Well we are incredibly excited here in the US to finally get our hands on the first of the Fisheye Optics which we need for this production. The first lens we are going to utilise is the Sigma 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye. This lens retails around the £500/$800 mark so its not a cheap lens, however it is within most peoples reach so was a good option for us.
If testing goes OK we hope to secure another 3 of these minimum to enable us to maximise all shooting scenarios.
“Because of digital technology, multiple industry sectors are converging, and we have a lot to talk about on the creative side, technology side and the business side. Everyone wants to see more viable business models for production, distribution and exhibition. This Summit will be a conversation where we can share the wisdom, look at what works and what needs to be done differently, what tools exist and what tools still need to be developed or improved – and move forward.”
–IMERSA co-founder Dan Neafus, director of the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Matt Wright & Janire Najera are currently over in the USA, researching and networking at a special Fulldome summit being held by the IMERSA Organisation at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
The pair will be using the Summit to explore the best capture and editing techniques available for the up and coming Submergence trilogy.
Stay tuned for their updates
Coreo Cymru, Creative Dance Producer, Wales is a new initiative set up to encourage and manage the creation and production of new dance activity, and to support the development of Wales based artists and companies.
The programme initiated and supported by the Arts Council of Wales is being developed in partnership with Creative Producer, Carole Blade and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and includes partnerships with Wales based organisations along with international partnerships and co-producers.
Coreo Cymru aims to connect with audiences by offering a mix of inspiring ways to engage with the programme outlined below, and new, accessible ways of presenting dance.
Welcome to the online presence of the dance dome.
Whilst we build our main project website this will be the place to find all the breaking news and info regarding our innovative new production. Over the next few months, visit regularly to see how we are exploring the boundaries of dance and cinema.