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Ballet Rotoscope

“This work is an experimental video created from research about “Rotoscope” and “Computer Geometry”. Rotoscope is known as an traditional technique for creating animation invented in 1905 by Max Fleischer in which animators traced the actors outline over live-action film to make a realistic cartoon. In ‘Ballet Rotoscope’ – by extracting the movement of a dancing ballerina – we created an animation of locus drawn in the air, and dancing geometric figures, composed with a documentary picture. The geometric figures were created by connecting the movement of ballerina’s joints by using algorithm of computer geometry. Our aim was to represent a complete new type of beauty, by showing the interaction of abstract animation with realistic movements and documentary film.”

This film was made in 2011 by Masahiko Sato + EUPHRATES. The ballerina’s name is Kurimu Urabe, she dances for the National Academic Bolshoi Opera in Belarus. The actual animation is about two minutes, the rest is credits


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