Dance On Film: The Magic of ‘Falling’

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VIDEO: ‘Falling’ – directed, edited & VFX by Adriano Cirulli

‘A study of human interaction through the atmospheric capture of moving bodies, dance & sound’


Falling is another Screen Social favourite of the dance-themed genre. This indie experimental short, released in 2012, is a study of human interaction through the atmospheric capture of moving bodies, dance & sound.

Directed and edited by former-architect Adriano Cirulli, it mixes up digital VFX (also by Cirulli) and choreography along with Antonino Chiaramonte’s evocative electroacoustic music.

In the film, the dancers’ floating bodies move either fast or slowly inside a dark space and they fall, dance and interact with each other as a reflection of real-life human communication. The shadow interplay of their muscled bodies creates a visually hypnotic and dreamlike enchantment.

After filming the dancers on blue screen, the filmmaker & VFX artist used ‘motion tracking and stabilization to animate and augment their natural movements. Cirulli mentioned that it took him two years to complete the short, making it a production challenge. The video below showcases Cirulli’s post-production process:

‘Falling’  took part in a number of independent festivals worldwide, receiving the 1st Prize Art Lab Award at Festival Internazionale del Cinema D’Arte in 2012 and the Best Experimental Film award at Wimbledon Shorts Film Festival in 2011. The same year, the short was featured in The Mill’s Time video installation for Cannes Lions.

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