Dezeen Music Project: French visual effects studio Superbien has used projection mapping to transport Cameroonian singer Irma to different environments in this single-take music video for her track Save Me.
"The song is called Save Me, so the singer is in different places where she encounters danger," Amandine Le Roy of Superbien told Dezeen.
Seven video projectors were used to turn four white surfaces into a cityscape, jungle and desert, which the singer and dancers appear to occupy and move through one after another in a single take.
"We work in a master vision, creating all the visuals and then we cut everything to fit each video projector," said Le Roy. "Everything is done on set."
The team created storyboards for each of the scenes, then used animation software with camera movement simulation to work out the best views for each section.
"With this animatic we created the sequences and the transitions so it looks smooth and natural," Le Roy said.
An effect in the sequence makes the space appear to rock by tilting the outlines of the corners and the camera simultaneously, and a teardrop graphic is projected onto the singer's face at the beginning.
At one point the singer and dancers look as if they're stood on small pedestals while actually lying on the floor in different directions, then seem to fall from the sky after floating with balloons.
"[The video] gives the music a very happy feeling, smooth and colourful and mostly we wanted it to be fun to watch," said Le Roy.
The shoot took around 20 takes over one day to complete. Apart from some minor grading and colour corrections, no post-production was used on the visuals.
Save Me features on Irma's album Faces, which was released in June.