A Dancer Turns Into 3D-Printed Mesh in Mesmerizing Chemical Brothers Video

The Mill and Directors Dom & Nic Are Behind Breathtaking Effects

Published On
Feb 09, 2016

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In this mesmerizing Chemical Brothers music video, a dancer transforms into a figure made of what appears to be 3D-printed mesh as her flesh and bone gradually disappears.

The video for "Wide Open" featuring Beck, which has already had over five million YouTube hits since it posted last week, was created by Outsider director duo Dom & Nic. It's the eighth video the directors (whose commercial work includes spots for First Direct, Audi and Blue Cross) have worked on for the Chemical Brothers, and stars actor Sonoya Mizuno, who also appeared in AI movie "Ex Machina."

The CGI mesh effect created by The Mill. VFX artists tracked the dancer's movements in order to replace her limbs and eventually her whole torso with the lattice of 3D mesh. The team used photogrammetry scanning to create a fully CG model of the dancer's body including photo-real textures.

Head of 3D David Fleet commented in a statement: "The sheer complexity of this project is what made it unique. The amount of camera and body tracking alone was a huge challenge, as well as consistently seamlessly lighting one shot as long as this."


Feb 09, 2016
Brand :
Chemical Brothers
Client :
Chemical Brothers
Director :
Dom & Nic
Production Company :
Visual Effects :
The Mill
Music :
The Chemical Brothers
Vocals :
Dancer :
Sonoya Mizuno
Choreography :
Wayne McGregor
Producer :
John Madsen
Comissioner :
Ailsa Robertson
Director, Photography :
Steve Chivers
Steadicam Operator :
Rick Woollard
Editor :
Ed Cheeseman
Sound Design :
Tony Rapaccioli
Costume Designer :
Tara Stift
Hair and Make Up :
Fiona Fellows
Production Manager :
Steve Elgar
1st Assistant Director :
Ben Gill
For Random Dance :
Rebecca Marshal
For Random Dance :
Ellie Douglas-Allan
Focus Puller :
Ross Naylor
Clapper Loader :
Stephanie Kennedy
Digital Imaging Technician :
Paul Swann
Video Playback :
Tony Booth
Grip Trainee :
Warren Wiseman
Runner :
Daniel Osei
Runner :
Ana Freire De Andrade
Runner :
Billy Goffey
Executive Producer :
Misha Stanford-Harris
Executive Creative Director/Production :
Neil Davies
2D Lead :
Fergal Hendrick
3D Lead Artist :
David Fleet
3D Lead Artist :
Suraj Harrington-Odedra
Animation Lead :
Jorge Montiel
Animation Lead :
Ian Potsos
Rigging :
Andreas Graichen
2D Artist :
Joe Courtis
2D Artist :
Brad Wood
2D Artist :
Sole Martin
2D Artist :
Lucas Carracedo
2D Artist :
Jeanette Eiternes
2D Artist :
George Cressey
2D Artist :
Warren Gebhardt
2D Artist :
Stefan Susemihl
2D Artist :
Rebecca Clay
Animation :
Ashley Reemul
Animation :
Matthew Kavanagh
Animation :
Sauce Vilas
Animation :
Jasmine Ghoreishi
Animation :
Alberto Lara
Animation :
Sherin Mahboob
Animation :
Philippe Moine
Tracking and Matchmove :
Philip Maddock
Modeling and Texture :
Marta Carbonell
Lighting and Rendering Assist :
Yoann Gouraud
Shoot Assist :
Margaux Huneau
Colorist :
David Ludlam
Color Assistant :
Oisin ODriscoll
Color Assistant :
Brendan Buckingham
Producer Assistant :
Tess Miles

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