We’ve previously talked about Bot & Dolly using articulated robots to transform the job of the camera operator. We’ve also discussed the shots Bot & Dolly robots helped create for the movie Gravity. Filmed at their headquarters in San Francisco, California, Bot & Dolly released a short titled “Box”. The film shows one possible path for the future of live performances.
“Box” demonstrates what Bot & Dolly robots can do with projection mapping, software engineering, and very cool choreography. The company describes the short film as part technical demonstration and part artistic statement:
“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.
Projection mapping has been used on the sides of buildings before to great results. Combining projection with choreographed robots and a live actor takes it to another level. Much in the way Microsoft’s Illumiroom allows you to interact with games Bot & Dolly have created a technology that allows performers to take interact with film content.
**Update** Bot & Dolly was acquired in 2013 by Google.