Superstar Choreographer Highlights OPPO’s Video Capabilities for Dance
Behind the Screen with Parris Goebel
Acclaimed NZ-based choreographer Parris Goebel has teamed up with OPPO to put its new Find X2 Pro smartphone through its paces in her dance studio.
Parris, who was recently made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to dance, knows all too well the vital role a smartphone plays in her everyday life ⏤ from capturing the live action to coaching her dancers and perfecting their moves . So, she jumped at the chance to put OPPO’s new 5G smartphone to the test in her own special way.
The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the perfect partner in the daily life of a celeb globe-trotter, packed with industry-leading features, from its 12-bit raw capture for prime editing, to its Ultra Steady video technology, fit for the fastest-moving dance scenarios.
Parris used the Find X2 Pro to create a quick dance routine that shows off the phone’s innate ability to capture immaculate, detailed footage for a true-to-life viewing experience, with her producing three mini clips that encapsulate the powerful expression in Parris’ latest dance set.
“A smartphone is far from simply being a communication device ⏤ my world is incredibly visual, instantaneous and I need to be able to capture anything I am doing, on the spot and know I’ll get a quality result without too much effort,” says Parris Goebel.
“With every project, my creative process and direction stems from the palm of my hand ⏤ ritually, I create the choreography then film it to review what’s working and where to improve. The bigger the screen and sharper the viewing, the easier I can see where tweaks need to be made. It also allows my dancers to see how they’re performing and illustrates how moving in even the slightest way differently can create a better effect.”
Kudos from the queen of dance herself, the Find X2 Pro’s game-changing video capabilities took the lead in filming, including Ultra Steady Video, creating faultless stable shots, 4K 60fps video shooting and Live HDR mode to drastically improve the picture quality of ordinary videos. As well as upgrading 30 frames of video to 60 frames, minimising motion jitter and blurring during high-speed action.
“More and more, fans are viewing our content shot on a smartphone so it’s crucial to have a premium standard phone to portray the true essence of our work and evoke the feelings you’d get from a live performance,” says Goebel.
“The essential thing for me when creating is to get into a studio, play the music and just start moving to the track. I normally have a few of my dancers with me to see how the choreograph looks and to try different options. It is all about bringing the musicality of the song to life along with what the lyrics are saying.”
“I was excited to see if the Find X2 Pro would live up to its claim as a tool to enhance my creative expression and produce quality action footage – and I wasn’t disappointed. The calibre of the phone stood the ultimate test in my home studio,” says Goebel.
Another must-have for Parris is a long-lasting battery, as having her phone die on her is her biggest pet peeve. The Find X2 Pro sports the world’s fastest and safest commercial charging, leaving no room to miss the action, powering up from 0-100% in just 38 minutes.
Of the project, OPPO AU Managing Director, Michael Tran says, “We’re blown away at what Parris produced with the Find X2 Pro and the final videos could be mistaken for a professional camera. But with the Find X2 Pro leaving no stone unturned for the best possible viewing and creative experience, coupled with Parris’ natural talent, we’re not entirely surprised at the duo’s creations.”
A final word from Parris to her up-and-coming dance fans is, “Be committed to working hard every single day at your craft. There are no shortcuts on the road to success. But the latest technology sure can help you along the way!”