Floating Points. Silhouettes

An oscillating stream of light attempts to intrude on an arid natural landscape, abstract light and a living environment merge, reacting to the dynamics of the music. The luminous abstract forms are produced by a light-painting machine that, frame by frame, draws in a real environment the 3D animated figures. All are in-camera effects made by a custom built 3 axis machine capable of reproducing, in light, any form designed in 3D animation software. Whilst drawing the forms frame by frame, the machine is also programmable to control all other aspects of capturing the image, camera shutter release, lights and any other external events such as fog machines and motion control systems.  The machine was designed and built from scratch by Hamill Industries.

This is an experimental video created by Pablo Barquín, Junior Martínez, Nathan Grimes and Anna Diaz Ortuño.



We wanted to make a video that involved a technical challenge and allowed us to conceptually explore the artistic complexity of Floating Points' sound, so we could be able to reflect its music in a visual way. Therefore we invented a light painting machine capable of reproducing light forms in motion, allowing us to film it in camera, without the need of postproduction. The machine was also capabale of controlling other aspects such as camera shutter release, lights and fog machines and a self built motion control systems.

The light painting machine is controlled by a propietary plugin, in which we introduce 3D animation files that can be translated and reproduced by the machine in physical space. The light painting machine is self custom built and based on a 3D CNC machine, comprising 3 axes with an LED attatched to the lowest point of the Z axis. The LED traces the path of the animation and reproduces the movement frame by frame.



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Directors: Pablo Barquín, Junior Martínez
Creative Team: Pablo Barquín, Anna Diaz Ortuño, Nathan Grimes, Junior Martínez
Executive Producers: H.I. (Hamill Industries) & Floating Points
Lead Producer: Anna Diaz Ortuño
Director of Photography: Nathan Grimes
Research & Technical Development: Pablo Barquín, H.I.
H.I. Technical Assistant: Joan Recasens
Editor: Anna Diaz Ortuño
Lead Animators: Fernando Domínguez, Wyz Borrero
Animators: Ohmyhood, Luis “Inkclear” Redondo
Concept Artists: Junior Martínez, Michele Angelo
Plants Set Decorators: Estudio Sauvage
Post-production Team: Agus Verrastro, Florent Bastide
Production Assistants: Aida Busquets, Lidia Arruego
Digital Intermediate provided by RCO
RCO Colorist: Seth Ricart
RCO Producer: Marcus Lansdell

Special thanks to:
Fundación Rio Tinto, Ivan Rodriguez, 380 Monta Llum i Roda, Rab and Tanya Gordon, Chabeli Rodriguez, Marga Sardà, Alba Barneda, DVEIN, Agus Verrastro, Pamplona89, RCO, Laura Martinova, Pablo Hugo, Melissa, Saúl Narbona, Irina, Javo, Elsa Tejera, Jacinto Barquín, Marc Luelmo, Tinta, Cynthia, Sarah, Mita, Eric and specially to Sam for believing in this project since the very beginning.

Shot in Río Tinto, Huelva & Hamill Industries Headquarters
Barcelona, 2015

(c) 2015 Pluto