Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely on camera. The abstract narrative is divided into five categories of classical magic that flow together in a single five-minute shot.
In the first chapter a performer transforms a flat panel into an open box, blurring the line between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. The illusions build as objects intersect, levitate and transform, ultimately immersing the performer and viewer in an alternate graphic reality. In the final chapter the performer exits the scene through a portal and the camera reveals the robotic mechanism behind each illusion.
By combining animation, robotics and projection mapping, Box is able to turn conventional CG filmmaking on its head—instead of filming a human subject to be composited in a CG world, CG elements are brought to the human world, enabling a live performer to interact with them. The result is a hybrid of art, technology and experimental filmmaking.
Bot & Dolly’s Box is a beautiful manifestation of the merging of art and technology and presents as yet unseen visual experiences. Using large-scale robotics, software engineering and animated projection mapping, an amazing performance is orchestrated on stage. The robots become the puppeteers of a perfectly aligned show of coordinated movement in time and space. Like a continuation of the classical magic show, Bot & Dolly open up new artistic realms by transforming the real world.
Bot & Dolly (US) is a design and engineering studio that specializes in automation, robotics, and filmmaking. It is our mission to advance motion control and automation as a creative medium and build world-class tools that enable others to do the same. At the core of our technology is an integrated software/hardware platform that provides precise and expressive control of six-axis industrial robots. On top of this core platform we provide industry-specific toolsets such as IRIS to support in the creative process, from prototype to production. To date, our tools have been used in feature films, national television ads, Las Vegas shows and large-scale art installations.
Directed by: BOT & DOLLY
Executive Producer: Julia Gottlieb
Producers: Bill Galusha, Nick Read
Creative & Technical Director: Tarik Abdel-Gawad
Design Director: Bradley G Munkowitz
2D& 3D Artists: Scott Pagano, Bradley G Munkowitz, Jason English Kerr, Conor Grebel, Ben Hawkins, Pedro Figueira
Director of Photography: Joe Picard
Projection / TouchDesigner: Phil Reyneri
Robotics Animation: Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Brandon Kruysman, George Banks, Michael Beardsworth
Editors: Ashley Rodholm, Ian Colon
Music / Sound Design: Keith Ruggiero
Sound Mix: Joel Raabe