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March 1, 2014 3:30 AM   Subscribe

What happens when you use a high-quality scientific thermal imaging camera to shoot a music video? Route 94 - My Love (NSFW) Production notes. [via]
posted by Rhomboid (25 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Quite trippy. Surprises me its the first time its been done though.
posted by 13twelve at 3:37 AM on March 1


Oh, it's not. People in the reddit thread mentioned Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, Muse, and The Rolling Stones as prior art, but with the possible exception of the Haines video, none of them come close to this one in terms of the level of detail achieved.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:49 AM on March 1


We sometimes use those cameras for actual scientific purposes, but of course once the project work is done everyone has fun filming each other. Since we only need the thermal imaging once in a while and the technology changes quickly, we rent rather than buy and the detail with the new cameras is impressive. I've been careful not to ask, but I assume that they have been used to film a few home sex scenes as well. As long as people are smart enough to wipe the memory before returning the camera, what I don't know won't hurt me.

I've seen videos of thermal imagery of people becoming aroused (you can see exactly where gets the increased blood flow in real time), maybe on one of those BBC sex ed shows? So that's not new, either, but again the quality of the imagery available now is head and shoulders above what was around just a few years ago.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:56 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


The quality of the acting, combined with the cinematography, combined with the level of detail made this pretty mesmerizing to watch. Nice.
posted by zeek321 at 5:15 AM on March 1


What happens? I'll tell you what happens. You get a video where everyone seems to have an absolutely enormous schnoz.
posted by valkyryn at 5:33 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


This has GOT to be somebody's fetish.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:34 AM on March 1


This has GOT to be somebody's fetish.

attn: Rule 34 has been invoked.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:38 AM on March 1


You get a video where everyone seems to have an absolutely enormous schnoz.

Yes, the noses were striking. What also popped out at me was how hot eyes are and how cold some hands are. It'd be awesome to see when I should be prepared for a cold handshake.
posted by Brent Parker at 5:38 AM on March 1


That was hot.
posted by localroger at 6:40 AM on March 1


Yes, the noses were striking.

Just another night at Club Koala, man.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:54 AM on March 1 [3 favorites]


I wish the production notes talked about the colors. FLIR imagery is monochrome, right, so that's a false color palette? I wonder why that particularly garish choice?

The wolf, why a wolf? Are wolves eyes really hot, or was that post-production? I kept waiting for it to run amok in the club, savaging people's throats.

The quick shot of the man in the cold mirror at 2:48 was striking, a nice gimmick in a heat image.

Youtube is full of infrared video; about one third war porn, one third arty stuff, and one third "check out this weird camera!". This NSFW short clip of a female stripper dancing and this still of a male torso are interesting if you want to see a body without clothes. And this Häagen-Dazs ad is sort of clever.
posted by Nelson at 8:20 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


> I wish the production notes talked about the colors. FLIR imagery is monochrome, right, so that's a false color palette? I wonder why that particularly garish choice?

> Probably the strangest idea was that heat doesn’t actually look like anything, and the way the camera depicts it is just a representation of the information it records, and as such we could choose how the information was represented. We picked a color scheme for the information (we chose the “Iron” color setting which is reminiscent of how thermal cameras are typically shown). The information was mapped linearly by the camera’s software, using different colors in the scheme to represent different temperatures. The “warmer” colors represented higher temperatures. ”Exposing” the camera then became a matter of setting the range of temperature values to be mapped. Setting the low bound essentially set the black point for the video, and setting the high bound set the highlight limits. In order to get the image we were looking for, we manipulated the high and low temperature bounds in order to get the temperature range in the frame where we wanted it.
posted by Monochrome at 9:03 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


Thanks for that, Monochrome, apparently I fail reading comprehension. Or more likely, attention. It's funny because I did absorb the part about setting the dynamic range.

Bonus like for penitence: The ultimate infrared handbook. Page 14 talks about color scales, including discrete "isotherm" scales. A bunch of product data sheets reference a set of palettes "Arctic, Gray, Iron, Lava, Rainbow and Rainbow HC" but I couldn't find any example images.
posted by Nelson at 9:21 AM on March 1


The wolf, why a wolf?

It's lust.
posted by Drexen at 9:45 AM on March 1


Nelson, haven't read the links yet, but that seems to be some kinda standardized color-ramp. Almost exactly the same thing is a common choice for visualization in the ArcMap GIS software I use at school (along with options like fade from red to green, red to yellow to blue, or lightest to darkest red/blue/orange).
posted by cult_url_bias at 10:37 AM on March 1


And tagging onto Monochromes talk about setting the black, did you notice the change in the shower, where she appeared so much cooler and the water was the hottest thing? Changing endpoints of coolest to hottest range of temp changes where the same temp shows up in the color window. One of those details we're supposed to watch out for in maps, so we're not lying to/misinforming the viewer.
posted by cult_url_bias at 10:43 AM on March 1


Hmm. Apparently, only she felt the need for a shower after the sex.
posted by MoxieProxy at 3:24 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


This has GOT to be somebody's fetish.

"Anytime..."
posted by blueberry at 4:06 PM on March 1


Quite trippy. Surprises me its the first time its been done though.
posted by 13twelve


Talking Heads: "...and the heat goes on where the hand has been." May be that I just imagined seeing that video.
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:09 PM on March 1


I assume that they have been used to film a few home sex scenes as well.

or whole movies
posted by Dr. Twist at 5:54 PM on March 1


> did you notice the change in the shower, where she appeared so much cooler and the water was the hottest thing?

I dunno about you, but I run my shower water much hotter than the temperature of my skin.
posted by desuetude at 11:24 AM on March 2 [1 favorite]


desuetude: "I dunno about you, but I run my shower water much hotter than the temperature of my skin."

That's not what cult_url_bias is pointing out. He's pointing out that for most of the video, peoples' skin is bright yellow, because they calibrated the colors based on the hottest and coldest things in the frame. When she gets in a hot shower, she doesn't cool down, but it looks like she's cooled down because the hot water is now the hottest thing in the frame, so it is shown in bright yellow, and skin color gets bumped down to red, even though it's probably slightly warmer than it was in the previous scene.
posted by Bugbread at 5:13 PM on March 2


Bugbread: "He's pointing out that for most of the video, peoples' skin is bright yellow, because they calibrated the colors based on the hottest and coldest things in the frame."

Ah, my bad. Sorry, cult_url_bias, I see what you're saying now.
posted by desuetude at 9:20 PM on March 2


Surprised no one's mentioned (the very, very NSFW) "The Operation" from the NYUFF back in the mid-90s. It's surprisingly detailed.

Also, hooray internet for having at least the trailer for this (I'm sure one can find the full piece with more dedicated looking)--I still have my VHS copy of that year's NYUFF, duped from a copy found at RAO Video in LR via a friend with the equipment to do that, largely for this and for "Lick of Fury."
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 11:55 AM on March 3


Surprised no one's mentioned (the very, very NSFW) "The Operation vimeo " from the NYUFF back in the mid-90s.

It was linked yesterday by Dr Twist.
posted by Dip Flash at 1:13 PM on March 3


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