For the most recent HxGN Live conference in Las Vegas, we teamed up with Etage to produce a live show open experience to introduce the keynote speaker with flair. Each year HxGN pushes to do something new that will wow the audience. This year our challenge was to design an 8,000-pixel wide video in the branded style of Hexagon while working with a professional dancer 600 miles away.
We had created a “rhythmic dance” between an eloquently written script and perfectly timed animation in the past for HxGN, but producing one in real time was a different story. With a 100' x 16' screen and a 64' stage, timing and scale were naturally the biggest challenges. In order to create the dancer's silhouette character for the video, we had to do the math, the size of our dancer and screen and storyboard the keyframes. Our 2D animator hand drew rough character animations of the dancer to estimate tempo and timing for the animation. We Skyped in during a shoot in San Francisco to direct the the dancer's movements on green screen while referencing our animatic.
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