Dancer becomes a 3D-printed lattice in music video for The Chemical Brothers

Music: a dancer gradually becomes a 3D-printed version of herself in Dom&Nic's music video for UK electronic act The Chemical Brothers' track Wide Open (+ movie).

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When the time came to create a video to accompany Wide Open – featuring vocals by Beck – Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons AKA The Chemical Brothers turned to long-time collaborators Dom&Nic.

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"We have been working with The Chemical Brothers for 20 years," said the directors, whose full names are Dominic Hawley and Nic Goffey. "They originally approached us to make a video for Setting Sun in 1996 and we have made eight videos now for them in total."

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Like for all of the previous films, the brief was simply to "make a great film for the music".

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In this instance, the duo turned to dance as a focal point of the video, but included an unusual twist.

"We really conceived this video as a dance film," Dom&Nic told Dezeen. "We wanted to make a piece of dance that could only exist on film and couldn't be experienced live."

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The clip follows a single dancer as she performs a routine around an empty space, which looks like a disused warehouse and is dotted with concrete columns.

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As the camera pans in and out of her body while she moves, her limbs are replaced one-by-one with white latticed versions – similar to the 3D-printed cast designed for fractured bones back in 2013.

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"The song is about loss and change, so the idea that the woman changes from flesh and blood to a 3D-printed lattice reflects this change, and subsequent loss of her old self," Dom&Nic said.

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A lot of time was spent on the visual effects, created by The Mill, which involved merging the actions of the dancer with a 3D digital model.

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"There was also a lot of work to create the clean background that you can see through the lattice work body," said the directors.

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The film took just under five months to make, with post-production accounting for around 14 weeks.

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Wide Open is taken from The Chemical Brothers' eighth album Born in the Echoes, released in July 2015.