wildly dancing avatars and bead-clad bodies boogie down in this animated short film

wildly dancing avatars and bead-clad bodies boogie down in this animated short film

wildly dancing avatars and bead-clad bodies boogie down in this animated short film




while these vibrantly animated characters appear to be costumed dancers at first glance, it soon becomes apparent that their anatomies are carefully crafted digital forms. colorful, marshmallow-like creatures breakdance, leafy figures gyrate, and bead-clad bodies boogie down before dissolving, disintegrating, and deforming throughout the course of the film.

colorful, marshmallow-like creatures break dance




method design, a motion & direction studio based in new york, was commissioned by production company RSA to create this year’s sponsor reel for the association of independent commercial producers (AICP). presented at the MoMA AICP awards ceremony — a celebration of global creativity within the fields of advertising and production — the short film forms an entertaining piece of design that embodies the innovative and prolific quality of the industry. each of the AICP sponsors is represented by a different dancing avatar, which playfully reference the visual effects used throughout production. motion capture, procedural animation and dynamic simulations combine to create a tableau of pop dance moves that explode with colorful confetti, fur, feathers, and string.

leafy-covered digital figures gyrate and dance

the vibrantly animated characters appear to be costumed dancers at first glance

bead-clad bodies boogie down before dissolving in mid-air

each of the AICP sponsors is represented by a different dancing avatar

the characterics are carefully crafted digital forms

the dancers reference the visual effects used throughout production

motion capture, procedural animation and dynamic simulations combine

capturing motion in the studio



project info: 


concept, design & direction: method design
production: method studios NY
director: rupert burton
creative director: jon noorlander
art director: johnny likens
lead houdini FX artist: tomas slancik
houdini FX artist: vraja parra
rigger: ohad bracha
producer: adrienne mitchell
motion capture: house of moves
client: RSA/AICP

  • The Music ?

    mette says:
  • A M A Z I N G

    MM says:
  • Very inspiring. Did you happen to do the Nike morphing runner video that was part of the Nike installation in the Milan Furniture Fair 2016? If not, do you know who did it?

    Ian says:
  • Why the music? I saw the video without the music and never I thought in something like that. It,s just don`t work.

    ricardoXYZabreu says:
  • Very aesthetic, but why never it is mentioned that those suits are copied from stylist Nick Cave work?
    A bit embarrassing!!

    Ber G. says:
  • Love this! Such a happy, energetic video. Wonderful.

    Angie says:

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