Watch inspirational dance film shot over two years, umpteen countries and with four generations of iPhone… and meet the filmmaker

I met filmmaker Miklas Manneke at the Tampere Film Festival a few years ago and he recently shared this video he has shot on his travels. I asked him what he learned making it… (and check out his impressive Instagram too)

Why did you choose to do this?
This is a passion project that started over 2 years ago in China when I started asking strangers to dance for me. The world is in a place right now where there are so many things dividing us, be it boarders, languages or culture. There was something special about sharing that moment with people around the world when they danced. Something that transcended geography.

How did you shoot and edit it?
The project was filmed entirely on iPhones over the course of two years and 4 generations of the phone. The project was edited in premiere with a editor. We spent a long time going through various versions of the edit. It really was about refining the edit and looking for the best moments and how they can flow together. It was also really important to get the extra perspective on what has been filmed.

What was the biggest lessons you learned?

The biggest lesson was that you should’nt be scared to ask. It was about putting myself in the position where you have to approach people and ask them to dance.

That also lead to making the piece too. We had an amazing colorist, editor and sound designer involved who loved the challange of working with iPhone footage. So it’s about embracing an idea and pushing through. The same with the music. I reached out to Young Father and Ninja Tune who loved the video.

What advice would you offer a filmmaker considering something similar?

My advice would be to use what you have available to you, be it a phone or mirrorless camera. Content is what talks to people eventually. With enough determination you can get amazing people involved.

Miklas Manneke
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