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Wonderland Behind the Scenes: Rite of Spring

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Next up in our behind the scenes look Design Army’s piece for the Washington Ballet. The book, Wonderland, was made to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the dance company.

Neenah Paper
How does this selected image fit into the book’s narrative?

Design Army
This is our recreation of a performance called the Rite of Spring that the ballet performed in 2005. In Wonderland it is portraying the line “Paint the Roses Red.” This was as close as we could get to an English Garden in DC. And rather than having roses, we opted for the bright red dress.

Neenah Paper
What were two or three of the most challenging aspects of this particular photo shoot? Panhandlers? Heat? Cold? Filth? Mean spirited police?

Design Army
The biggest obstacles on this shot was to get the dress to fly (and the dancers) – so we had trampolines and a lot of “ducking” to pull this off safely. On all the shoots we had to really be careful as the dancers dance for a living and we could not harm them – or let them do crazy things that could risk injury.

Neenah Paper
Did the performer perform this feat of physical artistry live? Was there any Photoshop retouching done?

Design Army
There was not a lot of REMOVAL on this image and we shot MANY versions – some with and with out clothes. We had to clean up the bushes and sidewalk debris – but everything else was pretty much shot as you see it. We had a white chandelier hanging in the scene for a while, but removed it because it was too distracting.

Neenah Paper
Where was this shot taken?

Design Army
This was shot at the National Arboretum. We did several other shots there as well – its an amazing location and is spread out over many acres.

Neenah Paper
How long did the shoot last?

Design Army
This shot took about 2 hours from set up to break down.

Neenah Paper
How many crew members, roughly?

Design Army
On every shoot we had at least 15 to 20 people.

Neenah Paper
How many final take of the “live” shot?

Design Army
We shot around 150+ frames. Possibly more.

Neenah Paper
Any other interesting thing about this that you could add for our readers?

Design Army
This shot was really quite bland as we looked at on screen (on site) – but once we got it back to the studio and could start to remove elements (people and safety gear) it really became quite magical. I hope you agree.