Rick Malambri: 'Feel Like You're On Stage with Us' in Step Up 3D!
Here’s what the Step Up 3D star had to share:
On what it’s like to shoot a dance movie in 3D: “[Director] Jon [Chu's] vision of this movie was ‘What’s the best way to watch dance? You want to feel like you’re there. You want to feel like a part of it.’ Instead of throwing all the gimmicks in your face, their main reason for doing this movie was to give you a different feel for watching dance. You feel like you’re on stage with us. I feel like we’ve captured that essence of being there live.”
On his pre-shoot preparations: “I definitely learned a lot. I had never done choreography before. But working with all these dancers, which was a month and half of ten hour days. Pre-production was all dancing. It was six days a week, ten hours a day of choreography. We had personal training and Capoeira and Parkour. All this training for hours upon hours. For me, coming into this not knowing a single bit of choreography–I’ve never taken a choreography class in my life–they put me through the ringer.”
On what it was like to work with a large ensemble of dancers: “I’m sure there were times where we just wanted to strangle each other. But the cool thing about the pre-production was we had a month and a half to get to know each other. We spent so much time together, ten hour days almost every day of the week. We really got to make connections with everyone….When we were shooting the movie, it felt like we weren’t there to work.”