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We are 4Pi Productions and we are producing our 4th Immersive dance film in collaboration with Chapter's Coreo Cymru & Danceworx Delhi.
We are 4Pi Productions and we are producing our 4th Immersive dance film in collaboration with Chapter's Coreo Cymru & Danceworx Delhi.
We are 4Pi Productions and we are producing our 4th Immersive dance film in collaboration with Chapter's Coreo Cymru & Danceworx Delhi.
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Liminality is a ground breaking new immersive dance project from the team behind Pal o' Me Heart, The Beautiful & The Sublime

The project is a collaborative exploration of contemporary dance between Wales and India, developed as part of 2017's UK / INDIA Year of Culture. It will create the fourth fulldome dance film produced by the award winning Dance Dome platform.

Kim Noble in flight
Kim Noble in flight

This innovative dance film will wrap its audiences in contemporary choreography, transporting them into the centre of its action. 

Production began in Wales in late July with the final 360º capture occurring in India this December. The resulting fulldome and accompanying VR piece is scheduled for release in late spring of 2018 with premieres in India & the USA scheduled for late February.

Supported by the British Council Wales and Wales Art International, Liminality will be captured among a range of stunning visual landscapes both here in Wales and in India, uniting dancers from both continents. 

Production crew and dancers in Delhi
Production crew and dancers in Delhi

360º capture and dome content creation is a complex medium to work within and most fulldome productions start with budgets in the hundreds of thousands, however, we don't let our more humble beginnings hold us back and that is why we are asking our friends, family and colleagues and the wider crowdfunding community to bolster our efforts to make a work worthy of its audience.

Our core funding covers the main production costs, however, we need your help to reach the incredibly high standards of innovation that we set ourselves.

Recent Capture in Wales
Recent Capture in Wales

Help us to continue to push the cinematic medium of fulldome forward and enjoy a variety of unique rewards as a symbol of our gratitude.

The Dance Dome

The Dance Dome project was launched in 2012 as an audience engagement platform for contemporary dance here in Wales. Conceived by 4Pi Productions and delivered in partnership with Coreo Cymru the project seeks to create stunning immersive dance films which are then distributed freely to worldwide planetariums or toured in our portable immersive cinema dome free to the public.

Our films are labours of love by the creatives involved and wouldn't have been possible without their dedication, enthusiasm and drive. We are passionate about the medium and its capacity to transport audiences into the heart of the action and thats why we are so driven to create pieces that challenge people's perception of what film and dance can be.

Over 25,000 people have come into direct contact with the platform, many experiencing immersive cinema for the first time. 

The Dance Dome installed outside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
The Dance Dome installed outside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.

What's Fulldome?

A fulldome film is basically like an IMAX title on steroids. Unlike IMAX the screen isn't just big, it goes all the way over the top and behind you in 360 marvellous degrees. If you've ever been to a digital planetarium then you will know what we mean, and if you haven't, then this is the perfect project to support as it's all about making content that makes the medium more accessible. 

Inside the Dance Dome
Inside the Dance Dome

The Team

The production team behind Liminality are all passionate creatives doing this for the love of the medium. They comprise:

Matt Wright - Director / Producer

One half of the creative team behind the platform, Matt is a practising visual artist, 360º Photographer & Immersive Filmmaker. Driven by his love for all things spherical, Matt will be stepping up from his normal production role to oversee this new works direction with an aim to continue making both Dance & Fulldome films more accessible to the public.

Janire Najera - Director / Producer

As the other half of 4Pi Productions, Janire is the cog that keeps the entire project revolving. Involved in all stages of the production her critical eye and cultural understanding combined with her insane production management skills will be invaluable to delivering an innovative result, on time and within budget. 

Liminality Filming at Tintern Abbey
Liminality Filming at Tintern Abbey

Carole Blade - Creative Producer for Dance in Wales.

Carole is the other founding partner of the Dance Dome platform through her role at Coreo Cymru, an initiative set up to encourage and manage the creation and production of new dance activity, and to support the development of Wales based artists and companies.

Kim Noble - Choreographer / Dancer

Kim is an established Welsh Choreographer, most recognised for her amazing work as one of the founders and lead dancers of the Kitsch & Sync collective. When not impressing and amusing the public at performances across the country Kim is often found holed up in one of Cardiff's dance studios devloping new choreographic work.

Hugh Stainer - Choreographer / Dancer

An established contemporary dancer, Hugh is currently working with Ultima Vez and has previously toured extensively with Tom Dale & 2 Faced. Hugh's unique style and working relationship with Kim Noble is leading the choreographic direction of the film.

Liminality Dancers in Wales
Liminality Dancers in Wales

Shohini Dutta

Shohini Dutta joined The Danceworx in 1998. She trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical Ballet and Street Funk. She has also done training workshops in Chau Folk Dance, Hip-hop, Acro Yoga, Yoga, Latin Ballroom, Gyrotonics, Pilates, Choreography Composition and Contact Improvisation.

For Liminality, Shohini is acting as lead producer for the India capture. 

Filastine & Nova

Grey Filastine is an LA-born audio-visual artist based in Barcelona with nomadic tendencies. He composes a dense transnational bass music colliding the low frequency pressure of dubstep with high-level beat science, acoustic strings and voices, using percussion to fire off sounds and synchronized video from a heap of electronics wired to an amplified shopping cart, borrowing from hip hop, moombathon, dubstep and cumbia while pulling in sounds from India, North Africa, Indonesia and other stops on his journeys to create complex, shifting canvases for Indonesian vocalist Nova to place her silken singing.

Dancers

Manas Sharma, Devasmita Sharma, Kriti Rao and Benjamin Jacob are the main dancers in this film that also features the rest of the Danceworx company members in a couple of larger group scenes.

The Dance Dome at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Dance Dome at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Where will the funds raised go?

We appreciate all the opportunities that your generous support provides and can guarantee that every additional penny we raise towards this project will be put to good use. We regularly punch above our weight on the budgets we work with and are experienced in managing complex international projects on tighter then we would like budgets. If and when we reach our target your support will be spent in the following ways:

10% - Kickstarter Fee's

35% - Reward Fulfilment Costs

10% - Improving our costumes budget (helpful when you have 20 dancers to dress!)

45% - Timeslice Rig Creation - enabling us to capture the worlds first 360º bullet time sequence.

Reward Examples

Stickers Stickers Stickers
Stickers Stickers Stickers

 

Liminality T-Shirt
Liminality T-Shirt

 

Limited Edition Filastine & Nova Vinyl
Limited Edition Filastine & Nova Vinyl

 

Dance Dome Hoodie
Dance Dome Hoodie

 

Risks and challenges

Wales and India both present a number of technical challenges when it comes to filming. From the complex logistics of shooting in 360º in diverse and often hard to reach landscapes, through crowd control, weather conditions and the unforeseen complications you simply cannot predict. However, 3 years of planning and R&D have been undertaken already in preparation of this production and having local partners, fixers and real world experience of producing in this medium we are confident we will deliver above and beyond our own expectations.

Many of our planned sequences are ambitious and push the boundaries of what is currently possible in dome/VR which obviously makes them challenging to achieve, however, we have built up a worldwide network of experts and contacts that we can draw on when the going gets tough, which combined with our can do attitude, plenty of coffee and our previous experiences producing in this medium and we therefore feel pretty confident in overcoming any challenges ahead.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Liminality Postcard with a huge thanks

    A small work of art in itself, you'll receive a postcard featuring an image from the Liminality project with a personal hand written message sent from India to express our gratitude for your support.

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    Stickers Stickers Stickers

    What better way to show the world how much you love the arts and immersive film making than with a custom designed Liminality sticker!

    You'll get 25 stickers in a range of designs, so you can slap some on every flat surface in your immediate vicinity.

    Bonus cool points and possibly some secret gifts awarded if you get your stickers somewhere interesting and post a photo to the Liminality Instagram feed.

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    Looking good - Liminality T-Shirt

    Imbued with magical powers, this t-shirt will make people wonder what's different about you - Have you lost weight? New hair? Where did you get the inner glow and aura of inner peace? From supporting the Liminality Kickstarter, that's where!

    Bearing the Liminality logo on the front and made from high quality ring spun cotton.

    Available in a choice of 6 colours and 5 sizes.

    (and we might add more options if we exceed our target)

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    10" Filastine & Nova Record

    This limited edition 10" vinyl contains the Liminality score by Filastine & Nova and includes a special B-side track, all encased in a beautifully designed sleeve and cover featuring Liminality artwork.

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    Dance Dome Hoodie

    This high quality garment uses quantum technology that looks cool even while it's keeping you warm.

    Available in a choice of 3 colours and 5 sizes.

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    Fulldome Film Poster

    Our original film posters, lovingly designed by the uber talented Richard Chitty, will not only look great on your wall or fridge due to their superior paper stock but you can actually shout from the rooftops about them using the included cardboard shipping tube which amazingly doubles as a ghetto loudspeaker!

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    Liminality Film Credit

    We'll put your name (or a name you request) in the credits for the finished movie, which will be viewed across the world in fulldome theatres, arts festivals, virtual reality headsets and online.

    We'll also shout out to you personally via our social media channels to thank you for supporting independent immersive film making and contemporary Dance.

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    Ask us anything you want.

    Ever wondered what's involved in producing a film? Interested in dance and got a question about choreography? Whatever you'd like to know, this reward entitles you to a twenty minute no holds barred 1 on 1 skype call with a team member of your choosing where you can ask whatever you want to know.

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    The Film Supporter Bundle

    We'll put your name (or a name you request) in the credits for the finished movie, which will be viewed across the world in theatres, festivals, virtual reality and mobile.

    We'll also shout out to you personally via our social media channels to thank you for supporting independent film and the arts.

    But you want more than that and you deserve it. So we'll also give you a Liminality t-shirt, the limited edition vinyl, stickers, and the postcard.

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    Limited Edition Signed Film Poster

    One of a numbered run of our high quality film posters signed by the cast and crew with personal thanks to you. All in a beautiful contemporary frame delivered to your door.

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    Dance Workshop

    Whether you're an accomplished dancer or have two left feet, you'll be invited to join the project's choreographers & dancers for a half day studio session hosted at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.
    Gain insights into the practice and skills required from our dancers and meet the choreographers and production team.

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    Studio Visit

    You and a friend are invited to come and meet members of the production crew at our Cardiff Immersive Studio. We'll show you the tools and techniques we use to capture 360° film and virtual reality productions, as well as our 3 meter studio dome showing our previous films in 360° and more.

    If you have a specific interest let us know and we'll be happy to tailor the experience to your taste.

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    It's a....wrap!

    When we deliver a project of this scale it's like delivering a baby...so when the big day arrives we celebrate!

    Join us when we finish editing for a party with the cast and crew, as well as our friends and supporters. We'll be showing our previous films on our studio dome as well as a sneaky peak of Liminality.

    Expect an air of general merriment and excitability, mixed with a hint of relief and served in a glass of teamwork and satisfaction.

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Your support will enable us to push the boundaries of immersive live action capture to deliver a finished product that will surprise and delight audiences for years to come.

    In recognition of your support, you'll be credited as an Associate Producer and we'll put your name (or a name you request) in the credits for the finished movie, which will be viewed across the world.

    You can also choose any three rewards from the first six of our rewards listed above, to really hammer home how grateful we are for your support.

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    Private Dance Workshop

    You and a guest will receive a half day private contact improvisation dance workshop with Liminality's Lead Dancers & Choreographers, Hugh Stainer & Kim Noble at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

    Get hands on one-on-one contact improvisation lessons and learn from the productions unique repertoire.

    A high energy healthy lunch will be included and the chance to visit the 4Pi production studio for a sneak viewing of some of the footage already captured.

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    Immersive Filming Workshop

    Want to know how to capture an event in 360°? Need a crash course in film production techniques for Virtual Reality? This reward gives you and your guest an exclusive one day all-access workshop on *everything* we know about 360° film and content production for Virtual Reality and fulldome and more. You'll be exploring the current state of immersive technologies & capture techniques tailored to your experience, with hands on practice with our state of the art equipment.

    Basically we'll share so many of our trade secrets with you, we shouldn't really let you leave. But we will....probably.

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    Planetarium Partnership

    We love planetariums and we want to help you get more people to experience the transformative power of the fulldome viewing experience.

    Expand your audience reach by increasing the range of content you can show in your dome - your visitors haven't seen anything like this before, we guarantee it.

    Support the creation of our new film and receive a full copy of the fulldome work with a 10 year screening license. Supplied as a Domemaster Image sequence on a USB3 harddrive.

    As well as receiving the film and ten year license, you will benefit from the worldwide distribution and promotion of the Liminality project, with accompanying marketing materials, press releases and support, including Liminality flyers and pop stands.

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    Private Studio Party

    To show our gratitude for your support we'll make you our guests of honour at your own private studio party. Your wish is our command*

    Want us to host a party for you? You and up to 7 guests can come and spend an evening at our Cardiff studio and have the run of the place. See the work in production, catch our other films in our 3 meter studio dome or just chill on our over sized bean bags while we hand you vol-au-vents...the choice is yours!

    *as long as your wish doesn't require us to contravene UK law

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    Sequence Sponsor

    At 4Pi Productions, we always try to push at the limits of what's possible. As a sequence sponsor, you'll enable us to create something special - a scene that will achieve something that no-one else has done in 360°. Whether it be a technological or creative barrier, a Sequence Sponsor makes the impossible possible, and as such will be recognised in the film credits. We'll put your name (or a name you request) in the credits for the finished movie, which will be viewed across the world in theatres, festivals, virtual reality and mobile.

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    Studio Dome Private Screening

    This is truly a unique package...how would you like to have your own 3 meter cinema dome, complete with multi-projector and audio system, projection mapped display and dedicated crew?

    We will bring our 3m studio dome to your location so that you can lavish your friends or colleagues / staff with a unique experience for the day, including any combination of the Dance Dome films and as much popcorn as you can eat.
    (UK mainland only)

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    Be Our Timeslice Hero

    Help us to realise our dreams and make the worlds first Fulldome Timeslice (Bullet-Time) sequence possible. Your pledge will guarantee that we can include this innovative capture technique within our production providing future audiences with a visual experience never before seen in a dome.

    To thank you for making the time-slice scene possible, your name will appear in the credits as the scene's sole sponsor and if you come and visit us during our test shoots and we'll capture you in 360°, then later provide you with the footage for viewing in VR and/or the dome.

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    Executive Producer Credit

    Help us take a giant leap towards achieving our goals and we'll put your name front and centre in the opening credits of the film as an executive producer. Your name will be credited in all productions of the finished movie and seen across the world.

    You'll get invited to all future showings and tours before everyone else and you'll get the first five reward perks too. Want to come to the studio to watch us shoot one day? As an Executive Producer, you can do whatever the hell you want.

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    The Dance Dome Festival Package

    We will bring our 25 seater Cinema Dome to your UK event and hold free Dance Dome screenings for your events audience.

    This package includes *everything* you need for a totally unique experience - we'll provide everything from the ground up, from installation to crew and security - we'll even bring the popcorn. All you need to do is provide the location and we'll wow your crowds for a couple of days.
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Funding period

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