The Dreamhive Puts Images to Music for Madonna

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Backs up pop sensation's music for "Hard Candy" tour.

The Dreamhive animation studio provided dynamic music video background imagery for Madonna's recent "Hard Candy" world tour, visually backing up two of the singer's latest music hits.

For Madonna's "Hard Candy" world tour and promotional appearances, The Dreamhive created striking animated background imagery for two of Madonna's most popular songs -- "4 Minutes" and "Give it 2 Me". The imagery was then played during Madonna's exciting stage performances of the songs during the Hard Candy promotional and concert tours.

For "4 Minutes," The Dreamhive created footage with a flashing countdown clock that paid homage to Madonna's music video for the song. Using reference images from the original music video, The Dreamhive created a dynamic CGI version of the practical digital countdown clock, which they then rendered using custom real-time shading code. Additionally, The Dreamhive re-created and animated the "black onyx" effect element seen in the music video, and also generated new effect passes that were then composited into live-action footage shot during the original video production.

"It was a terrific and extremely cool experience, to be adding our visual effects into footage from the set of the music video," comments Wes Grandmont III, Senior CG Supervisor at The Dreamhive. The Dreamhive's images mimicked the strong pulse and irresistible hook of the song, and as the images played behind Madonna onstage for the tour, Justin Timberlake then frequently joined the singer for the rest of the "4 Minutes" piece.

For the disco anthem "Give it 2 Me," The Dreamhive created CG laser work that had an evocative, poppy, 80's look and feel, and which combined with a live laser show to create a pulse of green and pink light beams flickering disco-style across the dancing crowd.

The Dreamhive created all of the imagery using Autodesk(R) Maya(R) software, outputting to 1080p resolution for the shows. On the laser creative work, The Dreamhive worked from storyboards of possible laser movement options, and then generated creative variations for use in the live shows.

The Dreamhive team on the project included Tom Angus, Wes Grandmont, Billy Harper, and Mathias Lorenz, all working with Chris Kantrowitz from Frank the Plumber. "We'd like to thank the crew at Frank the Plumber, as well, who worked with us on this," adds Billy Harper, Character Director and Director of Client Affairs for The Dreamhive. "This was an awesome opportunity for our studio and very much appreciated. We were all incredibly proud to be able to provide images for a true music legend."

About The Dreamhive:
The Dreamhive was founded in 2006 by skilled veterans of the game and film industries. Together the studio's managing partners have more than forty years of experience, with credits on dozens of AAA games, music videos and national television spots -- and they do it all from outside Hollywood. Based in Central Florida, The Dreamhive is dedicated to producing stunning HD and film-quality visuals and assets for its clients, pioneering new technology that converges film and interactive media, and bringing original creative properties to market.

For more information on The Dreamhive and its work for Madonna's world tour, please visit their website at, or for pictures or interviews, please contact Wesley Grandmont III at (407) 376-1851, or via e-mail at Contact at

For public relations materials, bios, or further backgrounders, meanwhile, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043 or Paramitch at


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