Watch this stunning motion-captured dance animation

Beautiful experimental film sends point cloud data captured with Kinect dancing into life


An experimental project using Kinect sensors to motion capture a choreographed dance piece sends the resulting point cloud data dancing into life.

as·phyx·i·a is a collaborative effort and experimental film created by Maria Takeuchi with Frederico Phillips, and performed by Shiho Tanaka.

The project is an effort to explore new ways to use and combine technologies and different fields in an experiment without common commercial limitations.

The performance is centred around an eloquent choreography, which the filmakers claim 'stresses the desire to be expressive without bounds'.


Motion data of Shiho Tanaka was captured using two Xbox One Kinect sensors.

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Once all the scanned point cloud data was combined, it was used as the base for the creative development on the piece.

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A series of iterative studies on styles followed, with several techniques and dynamic simulations applied using a number 3D tools such as Maya and Nuke.


An environment was also built to integrate the character and allow for a more visually photoreal representation of the scenes.


Maria Takeuchi was responsible for co-directing the project and also created an original sound track which guided the narrative.

Frederico Phillips created the visuals, from previs to final rendering, with Samuel Blalark assisting the project in several areas, offering key feedback and on-location support.

Blalark also filmed a behind the scenes video of the piece.

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