About the Films



DanceWorld is the 2nd in a series of 3 3D animated short films mashing unconventional music, places and characters to create moments of narrative, wonder and emotion.


Director Notes

I've always loved music and dance and wanted to put those together in animation. The animations would not be narrative driven so I could concentrate on making some fun animations. The characters are quirky and juxtaposed in unfamiliar environments, dancing to break stereotypes. By using modern day technologies such as motion capture and photobased modeling techniques, I could concentrate on the nonverbal messages the works communicate. The 3D animation pipeline is accelerated and I can have some fun to showcase some of the most unfamiliar ideas and themes without the commitment of a typical animation short film production.


Exhibition Schedule (Not current)

Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA, April 4 to May 31, 2015. Talk Thursday, April 9 @ 7pm.

27th Annual International Society for Animation Studies Conference
July 13-16, 2015 Hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University, UK



Duration 3:55, 2nd in a series of 3
Process 3D Animated
Language English
Start Date March 2014
Completion Date May 2015
Software Used Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere
Produced In USA/Canada




Created, Directed & Produced by
Peter Chanthanakone

Motion Capture Artists
Zhi Ai
Peder Goodman

Character Models/Rigs by
Jose Manuel Garcia Alvarez
Kiel Figgins
Harry Gladwin-Georhegan
Wynand Lens
Antonio Mendez Lora
Ai Zhi
RiFF Animation Studio

Motion Capture Dancers
Owen Baxtor
Nicky Cue
Kaden Day
Crystal Gurrola
Faith Idehen
Elijah Mendez
Farhat Sultani
Ai Zhi

Music & Sound Design
Tim Wilson - Mega Mashup 2014
Arranged by
Peter Chanthanakone

Special Thanks


Production Facts

# of revisions of the film 2
# of photographs taken per model 25
Time to render per model 10
# of environments 50
# of countries represented in environments 2 (USA, Canada)
Rendered using: Maya Software
Avg number of render passes (max, min) 2, 1
Avg rendering time per frame (max, min) 10 min, 10 second
Time to render the film in After Effects in 1080HD (1 computer) 1 hours