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Kung Fu as you've never seen it before: Stunning 3D animations reveal the beauty of martial art

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Kung Fu as you've never seen it before: Stunning 3D animations reveal the beauty of martial art
Video was commissioned by International Guoshu Association for a Kung Fu exhibition in September
Tobias Gremmler used C4D and real Kung Fu masters to created the digital images in Kung Fu Motion Visualization
Kung Fu Motion Visualization has been viewed 436000 times and 'liked' by 3368 people on Vimeo

The art of Kung Fu demands precision, power and swift mobility.

But it all happens in the blink of an eye - and far too quickly to appreciate the true beauty of this ancient practice.

With the help of motion capture, Tobias Gremmler recreated the graceful moves into an animated series called Kung Fu Motion Visualization that slows down each kick and punch for a breath-taking choreographed show.

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'When working on this project, I was deeply inspired by the dynamics of motion and philosophy of Kung Fu,' Gremmler, a designer based in China, shared in the description of the four minute video on Vimeo.

The series features eight animated Kung Fu moves, and four variations, which form shapes from motion and leave phantom trails as the silhouettes move.

Gremmler used motions from Master Wong Yiu Kau (Variations 1-3) and Master Li Shek Lin (Variations 3 and 4).

Each variation uses a different element such as stretched fabric, expanding matter and rolling metallic threads.

'I used C4D for this production, but also did similar work back in the late 1990s with 3DS, or experimented with real-time environments,' shared Gremmler,

'However, motion visualizations have been created even in pre-digital times with light, photography or costumes.'

'Visualizing the invisible is always fascinating.'

Kung Fu Motion Visualization on Vimeo
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05 May 2016, 1:05