Luke Bather - 16th Sept 2016

Andrew Donoho's video for friendship is a gorgeously choreographed miracle.

Two characters stand at opposite ends of a lake before simultaneously walking on water and dancing with incredible synchronicity. The setting is stunning, and the natural golden light only enhances the magical atmosphere. The use of practical effects here really pays off here as the characters are able to play off one another in a way you just couldn't do on a greenscreen.


"Frenship manages to capture a very complex duality in "Capsize": Sonically the song has such a sense of joy and celebration, but the tone is dripping with longing and isolation.

"Building visuals for a contradiction like this was an exciting challenge. I attempted to embrace the song's conflicting themes by braiding together the tangible emotion of dance with the visual metaphor of walking over an isolated body of water to tell a simple human story about rekindling a former love.

"We tried to keep the effect as practical as possible by building a transparent platform just an inch below the water. We didn't want wires, greenscreen or CG to hinder the connection between the dancers or create any kind of emotional barrier during the performance. The dancers spent most of the day on the platform, in the center of a lake, totally isolated from the crew and the rest of production, which ended up adding a very interesting character layer and injected that tiny bit of visceral naturalism that makes these performances so compelling. These fine details combined with our absolutely incredible team allowed us to build something genuinely special. I hope you enjoy watching as much as we did making it!"

PRO Credits


DirectorAndrew Donoho
ProducerCameron Boling
Production CompanyDiktator
Executive ProducerKimberly Stuckwisch
Executive ProducerIan Blair
Production ManagerDavid Swinburne
1st ADBrock Hanson
Director of PhotographyBoyd Hobbs
2nd ACPeter Johnston
Art DirectorJohn Hair
WardrobeHannah Johnson
Hair & Make-upJessica Craig
EditorGerhardt Slawitschka
EditorAndrew Donoho
ColouristJohn Peterson
Grading companyMoonshine
VFXDerek King
VFXAndrew Donoho
VFXBryson Michael
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerSaul Levitz
Other creditsCast: Matthew Peacock, Kayla Kalbfleisch Construction Coordinator: Guy Tustin Jr Art Assistant: Eric Brown

Luke Bather - 16th Sept 2016

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