Step Up 3D

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Step Up 3D
Step up 3d.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Produced by
Written by
  • Amy Andelson
  • Emily Meyer
Story by
  • Amy Andelson
  • Emily Meyer
Based on Characters 
by Duane Adler
Music by Bear McCreary[1]
Cinematography Ken Seng
Edited by Andrew Marcus
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • August 6, 2010 (2010-08-06)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $159.3 million[2]

Step Up 3D (also known as Step Up 3) is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and directed by Step Up 2: The Streets's Jon M. Chu. The sequel sees the return of Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner, who portrayed Moose from Step Up 2: The Streets and Camille Gage from Step Up. As the third installment in the Step Up series and the first shot in 3D, the film follows Moose and Camille Gage as they head to New York University, the former dancer of whom is majoring in electrical engineering after promising his father that he would not dance anymore. However, he soon stumbles upon a dance battle, meeting Luke Katcher and his House of Pirates dance crew and later teaming up with them to compete in the World Jam dance contest against their rival, the House of Samurai dance crew. Step Up 3D premiered in Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater on August 2, 2010 and was subsequently released worldwide on August 6, 2010, through conventional 2D and 3D (in RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, and XpanD 3D) formats. It was also the second movie to feature the Dolby Surround 7.1 audio format theatrically, the first of which was Toy Story 3. The film grossed $15.8 million in its opening weekend, the lowest of the trilogy, but went on to make more money than any other installment in the series and has received generally positive critical reviews, with most praise towards its dance sequences and effective use of 3D, while criticism went towards the repetitive story and acting.


The film's characters are recorded and asked questions about why they dance. Moose and Camille attend New York University. Moose is majoring in electrical engineering after promising his father that he would not dance anymore. While touring the campus, he sees a pair of Limited Edition Gun Metal Nike Dunks worn by Luke Katcher. Moose follows the shoes and then stumbles upon a dance battle, where he beats Kid Darkness from the dancing crew House of Samurai."Luke takes him back to his place, an old warehouse converted into a club. Luke shows Moose his dance crew, the House of Pirates, whom he later teams up with to compete in the World Jam dance contest. Jacob informs Luke the warehouse will be put up for auction if the overdue rents are not paid.

Luke meets Natalie at the club and notices her dancing abilities, enlisting her to become part of his crew, but is unaware of Natalie's motives. Moose has to choose between his studies and dance, between a test and a dance competition. He goes to test, but seeing the paper and receiving a message from Luke, he rushes to the competition just in time.

Luke and Natalie become close as the movie progresses. Luke explains his true intentions with his recordings and dance interviews. Natalie is hiding the fact that her brother is Julien, the leader of the House of Samurai, and lies about everything but the love connection between her and Luke.

Natalie faces a hard decision between her love and her family. She confronts Luke and asks what happened with him and Julien. He says that Julien was a member of the House of Pirates, but has a gambling problem and he once wagered against the Pirates and threw the battle, so the Pirates kicked him out. After arguing with Julien, she decides to leave Luke. Julien uses her phone to invite Luke for her birthday party. Luke asks Moose to attend the party with him, but because they have no invitation, they are not permitted to enter. They find a way to get in and Luke and Natalie dance a tango. Julien reveals Natalie's identity and Luke is angry with Natalie. When Luke arrives back at the warehouse, he finds it is foreclosed. Angry at himself for not being a better leader, he exclaims that the House of Pirates is over, and the crew members go their separate ways. Moose and Camille are best friends, but Moose does not see that Camille is in love with him. The two fall out after Moose shows up late to a party.

Moose and Camille make up the streets by dancing to a remix of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Camille tells Moose that he can never give up dancing as he was born to do it. Moose helps out Luke by bringing the House of Pirates back together, and giving him additional members for his crew including Camille and The MSA Crew from Step Up 2: The Streets. They discover that the former members are now performing with the House of Samurai. They also find out Julien is buying their warehouse, but says if they throw the battle, they can have it back, but they do not take the offer.

Natalie helps Luke and the Pirates win the World Jam with the routine they had practiced. She invites him to come with her to California, which he does by meeting her at the train station and kissing her just as Moose kisses Camille. Before leaving, Luke gives Moose the pair of Limited Edition Gun Metal Nike Dunks and is in charge of the group.


  • Adam Sevani as Robert "Moose" Alexander III
  • Rick Malambri as Luke Katcher, the leader of the House of Pirates.
  • Sharni Vinson as Natalie, a talented street dancer who is recruited to join the House of Pirates.
  • Alyson Stoner as Camille Gage, Moose's best friend
  • Joe Slaughter as Julien, the leader of the House of Samurai and Natalie's brother.
  • Keith Stallworth as Jacob
  • Kendra Andrews as Anala
  • Stephen "tWitch" Boss as Jason
  • Jonathan "Legacy" Perez as Legz
  • Martín Lombard as Martin Santiago and Facundo Lombard as Marcos Santiago (known as The Santiago Twins)
  • Oren "Flearock" Michaeli as Carlos, A person in the House of Pirates
  • Chadd "Madd Chadd" Smith as Vladd
  • Daniel "Cloud" Campos as Kid Darkness
  • Shirley Henriquez, as part of the pirates crew
  • Alberto Collado Aracena, as part of the pirates crew
The MSA Crew
The Lil Pirates
  • Jalen Testermen
  • Angelo "Lil Demon" Baligad
  • Simrin C Player
  • Jose BoyBoi Tena


Bear McCreary scored the music for the film and on its soundtrack.

The film's score was composed by Bear McCreary. The soundtrack also contains songs including "Whachadoin?" by N.A.S.A ft. Spank Rock, M.I.A, Santigold & Nick Zinner, "Freak" by Estelle ft. Kardinal Offishall, "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys, "ABCs" by K'naan, "Take Your Shirt Off" by T-Pain, "Tetris" by ELECTRIXX, "I Like That" by Richard Vission & Static Revenger ft. Luciana, "When You Hear The Bassline" by Major Lazer, "Joyride" by Tania Doko, "Up" by Jesse McCartney, "Spirit of the Radio" by J. Randall, "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo, "Swing" by Savage ft. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, "Move (If You Wanna)" by MIMS, "Tear Da Roof Off" by Busta Rhymes, "Pinball" by Akira Kiteshi, "Already Taken" by Trey Songz, "This Girl" by Laza Morgan, "Beggin'" by Madcon, "Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, Basso Continuo & Orchestra: Vivace" by Jim Long, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar, "This Girl" by Laza Morgan, "No Te Quiero" by Sophia Del Carmen ft. Pitbull, "Bust Your Windows" by Jazmine Sullivan, "Who You Are" by Jessie J, "I Won't Dance" by Fred Astaire, "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida, David Guetta ft. Nicole Scherzinger, "Who Dat" by J. Cole, "Mite B Rite" by Nick Evans Mowery, "Chillin" by Wale ft. Lady Gaga, "Tommy's Theme" by Mike Caran & Nathan Payton, "One" by Zion I & The Grouch, "Ease Off the Liquor" by Timbaland, "Let Me C It" by Get Cool ft. Petey Pablo, "Here I Come" by The Roots ft. Malik B. & Dice Raw, "Bang" by Rye Rye ft. M.I.A, "GhettoMusick" by Outkast, "This Instant" by Sophia Fresh ft. T-Pain, "Move Shake Drop" by DJ Laz ft. Casely & Flo Rida, "Shooting Star" by David Rush ft. Kevin Rudolf, Pitbull & LMFAO, "Got Your Back" by T.I. ft. Keri Hilson, "What Are We Made Of" by Scott Mallone, "Congratulations" by Blue October ft. Imogen Heap, "Irresistible" by Wisin & Yandel, "Shawty Got Moves" by Get Cool, "Drivin' Me Wild" by Common ft. Lily Allen, "Work the Middle" by Erika June, "Rush the Floor" by Flii Stylz, "Superman" by Joe Brooks, "Queen" by Mary J. Blige, "Dream Awake" by Lauren Evans and "My Own Step" (which is the film’s theme) by Roscoe Dash & T-Pain ft. Fabo.

Visual effects and sound effects[edit]

The visual effects for the film were done by Hirota Paint Industries (HPI) and Look Effects. Step Up 3D’s sound was designed by Mathew Price and mixed by Price and James M. Tanenbaum.

Theatrical release and premiere[edit]

Step Up 3D premiered in Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater on August 2, 2010 and was theatrically released on August 6, 2010, through conventional 2D and 3D (in RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, and XpanD 3D) formats by Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment.


Step Up 3D is the film soundtrack album from the motion picture Step Up 3D. The album was released on 27 July 2010. The singles from the album are: "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida featuring David Guetta, "Already Taken" by Trey Songz, "My Own Step" by Roscoe Dash and T-Pain featuring Fabo and "Irresistible" by Wisin & Yandel.
"Squeeze It (feat. Dada Life & Tiesto)" by DJ Frank E was used in the official advertisement of the film. Here is a list of all the songs from the movie, courtesy of the movie credits (in order of credit appearance):

# Title Artist
1. "Whachadoin?" N.A.S.A ft. Spank Rock, M.I.A, Santigold & Nick Zinner
2. "Freak" Estelle ft. Kardinal Offishall
3. "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
4. "ABCs" K'naan
5. "Take Your Shirt Off" T-Pain
6. "Tetris" ELECTRIXX
7. "I Like That" Richard Vission & Static Revenger ft. Luciana
8. "When You Hear The Bassline" Major Lazer
9. "Joyride" Tania Doko (King Cutter Remix)
10. "Up (Remix)" Jesse McCartney
11. "Spirit of the Radio" J. Randall
12. "Fancy Footwork" Chromeo
13. "Swing" Savage ft. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
14. "Move (If You Wanna)" MIMS
15. "Tear Da Roof Off" Busta Rhymes
16. "Pinball" Akira Kiteshi
17. "Already Taken" Trey Songz
18. "This Girl" Laza Morgan
19. "My Own Step" (Theme From Step Up 3) Roscoe Dash & T-Pain ft. Fabo
20. "Beggin'" Madcon
21. "Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, Basso Continuo & Orchestra: Vivace" Jim Long
22. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Pat Benatar
23. "This Girl" Laza Morgan
24. "No Te Quiero (Remix)" Sophia Del Carmen ft. Pitbull
25. "Bust Your Windows" Jazmine Sullivan
26. "Who You Are" Jessie J
27. "I Won't Dance" Fred Astaire
28. "Club Can't Handle Me" Flo Rida, David Guetta ft. Nicole Scherzinger
29. "Who Dat" J. Cole
30. "Mite B Rite" Nick Evans Mowery
31. "Chillin" Wale ft. Lady Gaga
32. "Tommy's Theme" Mike Caran & Nathan Payton
33. "One" Zion I & The Grouch
34. "Ease Off the Liquor" Timbaland
35. "Let Me C It" Get Cool ft. Petey Pablo
36. "Here I Come" The Roots ft. Malik B. & Dice Raw
37. "Bang" Rye Rye ft. M.I.A
38. "GhettoMusick" Outkast
39. "Work the Middle" Ericka June
40. "This Instant" Sophia Fresh ft. T-Pain
41. "Move Shake Drop (Remix)" DJ Laz ft. Casely & Flo Rida
42. "Shooting Star (Party Rock Mix)" David Rush ft. Kevin Rudolf, Pitbull & LMFAO
43. "Got Your Back" T.I. ft. Keri Hilson
44. "What Are We Made Of" Scott Mallone
45. "Congratulations" Blue October ft. Imogen Heap
46. "Irresistible" Wisin & Yandel
47. "Shawty Got Moves" Get Cool
48. "Drivin' Me Wild" Common ft. Lily Allen
49. "Work the Middle" Erika June
50. "Rush the Floor" Flii Stylz
51. "Superman" Joe Brooks
52. "Queen" Mary J. Blige
53. "Dream Awake" Lauren Evans

Filming locations[edit]

Home media[edit]

The film was released by Touchstone Home Entertainment on Blu-ray 3D and DVD in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2010,[3] in the United States on December 21, 2010, and in the Philippines on January 27, 2011.

Critical reception and box office[edit]

Adam G. Sevani was praised by critics for his performance.

Step Up 3D received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 46% based on 98 amateur reviews. Rotten Tomatoes consensus is: It may not contain believable acting or a memorable plot, but Step Up 3-D delivers solid choreography and stunning visuals. It also holds a score of 45/100 on metacritic signifying mixed or average reviews.[4] The film made $6,657,326 on its first night of release (August 6, 2010), landing second after the buddy cop film The Other Guys, which received $13,124,233. In the weekend box office the movie placed third with $15,812,311 behind the latter and Inception. Its domestic box-office run ended on November 4, 2010, having accumulated $42,400,223 and as of December 5, 2010 it has also earned $116,889,135 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $159,289,358.[2] It has more than doubled the overseas gross of the first Step Up movie, although it is the least-grossing film of the series in the U.S.A. and Canada. On the weekend lasting from October 8–10, 2010 it surpassed Step Up 2: The Streets to become the highest-grossing movie of the franchise worldwide. In terms of estimated attendance, though, it is far behind its predecessors.[5] Besides the United States and Canada, countries where it grossed over $10 million were Germany ($13,869,503), Russia and the CIS ($12,131,409) and the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta ($11,537,610).[2]


Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Music in a Musical Feature Film Melissa Muik (music editor) Nominated


Step Up 3D was rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

International releases[edit]


  • Lead actors Adam G. Sevani (Moose) and Alyson Stoner (Camille) have worked together previously in a number of 'JC Penney' commercials, Missy Elliott music videos and Adam Sevani's own, YouTube "Thriller" Remix.
  • First film in the series to not feature either the Maryland School of the Arts, or the city of Baltimore.
  • With an opening weekend tally of $15.8 million, this was the lowest earning of the trilogy. However, the film went on to international grosses of $159,000,000, making it the biggest earner of the (at the time) three films.
  • The first film in the series to not feature Channing Tatum, and the first to be in 3D.
  • The second film in history to feature a 7.1 surround sound audio format. Toy Story 3 (2010) was the first.
  • The video game Zoltar from the movie "Big" is in the new dance space at the carnival.


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