Pope, meanwhile, is an avid user of slo-mo. He exclusively used the iPhone 6’s 240 fps slo-mo in a short film called Dancers of New York, which has been selected as a contestant in the International Mobil Film Festival. In the video, you see daring leaps, high kicks, and acrobatics slowed down such that you can watch legs stretch and muscles contract with impressive detail. It’s mesmerizing. Pope embarked on the project mere hours after buying the latest iPhone last fall, shooting the first dancer for Dancers of New York, Anna Pinault. The results were instantly impressive.
Slo-Mo Video has become dancer’s best friend. Tristan Pope Photographyshot this entire short film, “Dancers of New York” in Slo-Mo. We think it’s absolutely amazing!
Celebrated dance/fashion photographer Tristan Pope illustrates this creative option beautifully by transporting dance sequences out of the concert hall and into more than a dozen locations in New York City—in less than two minutes. Tristan’s ingenuity inspires us to look at dance in a new way.
The Slow Motion feature of the iPhone has always been a feature I thought was an extremely useful tool. I own many prosumer cameras but to achieve the slow motion you see in the films I have been creating I would need to rent or buy extremely expensive equipment. With the combination of ease of use, affordability, and creativity you can turn your iPhone into an amazing tool not only for films such as Dancers in NYC:
Or our most recent film “Snowday” which really showcases a single performers skills in a unique and beautiful way.
But an extremely useful tool for the dancer as well.
As a director I am handed a lot of headshots. I look at them for about 3 seconds and if I think they have the look for the part I immediately search for a reel, I want to see them in motion. In a word imbued with Photoshop, nothing tells me more about someone before I meet them than film! It gives me a quick idea of their expressions, personalities, and capabilities as performers.
Some very talented people don’t have reels for one reason or another, be it cost, inability to make one, or just not having done enough work on film yet.
Those with the reel stand out from the crowd.
The same applies for my dance photography, I want to see the person in motion. A picture can only capture the peak of a move, but not the form, positioning, and technique leading up to it. All of these are extremely important for those trying to get cast in their next performance!
My goal is to give people the opportunity to get an accurate and affordable portrayal of them, in motion, be it a montage of their personalities as actors or their technique as a performer! The idea here is to bypass the need to be in hundreds of performances, waiting for those performances to be released so you can add them to your reel(that you may not be equipped to do) by creating a quick moving image of you, in an extremely timely manner, but with the quality of a leading performance!