Computer Animation/Film/VFX

Auszeichnung - Award of Distinction

Nosaj Thing / Cold Stares ft. Chance The Rapper + The O'My's

Daito Manabe, MIKIKO, TAKCOM, ELEVENPLAY, Rhizomatiks Research (JP), ELEVENPLAY (JP), Daito Manabe (JP), MIKIKO (JP), Rhizomatiks Research (JP)


This is a music video of “Cold Stares”, a collaboration between Los Angeles-based artist and beatmaker Nosaj Thing, who is actively working around the world, and rapper Chance The Rapper. A dance piece by two dancers was produced to express the message in the lyrics —their mental situation and conflict, searching for reason of being and memories, wandering along the border between reality and illusion. This dance has been shown in two ways: the real world performed by people and the delusional world of CG.

A plug-in has been developed to link a drone equipped with a camera for synthesizing video images, drone control, image synthesizing software, and existing CG software (e.g. Maya). While controlling with a program the position and angle of the drone and the camera using the motion capture technology, the camera data for synthesizing CG are recorded at the same time. The significant reduction of the process has been realized by using the acquired data at the time of shooting on the existing CG software.

Dancers in the real world are shot by cameras set on six drones. Dancers in the world of illusion are shot by 48 cameras. Using technology for restoring 3D models from plural 2D data, 3D models with a high quality of texture can be achieved.

Camera motions used for the two worlds of reality and fantasy are identical. It is usually difficult to move a camera motion for the real world as freely as a camera motion for CG due to many restrictions. In this project, however, a system to move drones according to a camera motion created by CG software has been developed. Using this system, we can move drones accurately and freely like a CG camera. What’s more, we could achieve a smooth transition between live action and CG.



TAKCOM (JP) is a director of the moving image and an artist, based in Tokyo. He has garnered acclaim worldwide with gallery exhibitions and art festivals. From art gallery to advertising, he takes pleasure in pursuing artistic expression in all mediums and forms.


MIKIKO (JP) is a stage director/choreographer, the artistic director and choreographer of world-famous Japanese artists, and choreographer/director of the dance company ELEVENPLAY. ELEVENPLAY was founded by MIKIKO in 2009 in hopes of creating dancers who possess highly artistic sense and creativity on top of exquisite techniques, body and spirit.

Daito Manabe

Daito Manabe (JP) is a media artist, DJ and programmer. Daito founded Rhizomatiks in 2006, and since 2015 he has worked with Motoi Ishibashi on Rhizomatiks Research, which conducts projects for the purpose of R&D. Rhizomatiks Research, researching into the relationship between human beings and technology, is an organization which introduces to the world, art and entertainment projects through collaborating with creators including artists, researchers, graphic designers, athletes, dancers, choreographers, directors, musicians, and engineers.

Rhizomatiks Research: Daito Manabe, Motoi Ishibashi, Yuya Hanai, Katsuhiko Harada, Momoko Nishimoto, Youichi Sakamoto, Tomoaki Yanagisawa
ELEVENPLAY: MIKIKO, Kaori Yasukawa, Erisa Wakisaka
P.I.C.S.: Takahiko Kajima, Syuhei Harada
McRAY: Akira Miwa, Kohki Okuyama, Akira Iio