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October 28, 2010 6:48 AM   Subscribe

Millimetres Matter. [SLYT] via. Hover for spoilers.
posted by unSane (36 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I finally feel like I'm living in the future.
posted by pwally at 6:51 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


When this person is found dead in his bed, covered head to toe in thousands of red welts and stings, we will not be surprised.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:52 AM on October 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


But before that happens, I would gladly pay him to do a remake using nothing but brown marmorated stink bugs as targets.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:53 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


...or possibly suffocated by millions of tiny pies.
posted by unSane at 6:53 AM on October 28, 2010


But it's hard to beat inches in the clinches.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 6:55 AM on October 28, 2010


1) An ad
2) Previously
posted by DU at 6:57 AM on October 28, 2010


In the spirit of the title of this post, you know who else liked minuscule cream pies?
posted by crunchland at 6:57 AM on October 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Some of the best moments in human history were contrived by some very imaginative people with way too much time on their hands.

Though this clip was also contrived by some very imaginative people with way too much time on their hands, it can not by any stretch be termed one of the best moments in human history. It is still an impressive technical achievement.

How many takes would they need to capture those various shots of hitting bees mid-air, using a tiny catapult?
posted by BigLankyBastard at 7:00 AM on October 28, 2010


Is it an ad? I thought it was just sponsored.
posted by unSane at 7:02 AM on October 28, 2010


Is it just me or did the pies come off looking very CG? The near miss at about :35 and the following impact shot in particular. Could just be artifacts from the high speed photography and YouTube compression.

I find it very hard to believe that, at the speeds those pies were launched, a bee or fly couldn't easily avoid being hit. If this is real then the 'insect wrangler' must have had some technique for keeping them flying in a straight line.

Too bad there's no 'making of' video.

How many takes would they need to capture those various shots of hitting bees mid-air, using a tiny catapult?

And apparently they wiped up after every miss because the surface seems pretty spotless.
posted by jedicus at 7:06 AM on October 28, 2010


Gotta be CG. It's hard enough to catch a fly with a swatter. Now try getting a fly, a tiny pie fired by an instrument of dubious accuracy, and a camera focal plane to line up all at the same time.
posted by echo target at 7:12 AM on October 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Are you sure there wasn't another trebuchet on a grassy knoll?

Yeah, as much as I laughed at the first DBH (Direct Bug Hit), I don't think the trebuchet got them on the wing.
posted by maudlin at 7:15 AM on October 28, 2010


Yeah. I agree about the CG and thought the same thing. The depth of field on some of those shots would mean that only a fraction of the bug is in focus, let alone the tossed pies. And I have to say, I don't think I've ever felt more compassion for bugs before. Getting hit with a 6 foot glob of banana creme would probably be pretty devastating if it happened to me.
posted by crunchland at 7:16 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


echo target: "Gotta be CG. It's hard enough to catch a fly with a swatter. Now try getting a fly, a tiny pie fired by an instrument of dubious accuracy, and a camera focal plane to line up all at the same time."

From LaughingSquid's report:
The production team shot high-speed footage of insects being hit by droplets of coloured viscous liquid. Maquettes were then created to match the shapes and positions of the "heroic" insects and painted blue. Real pies were then thrown at the maquettes and shot at high speed.
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:16 AM on October 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


I find it funny troubling that the human concept of cruelty is only considered when the receiver is a mammal. Honestly, crazy as it sounds, my first reaction to watching this video was ... "That doesn't look like fun for the bee!".


"It's okay to eat fish, 'cause they don't have any feelings".
posted by autocol at 7:31 AM on October 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is a bad thing. A very bad thing. Bees are endangered animals. And people shouldn't waste food. Even tiny food. I am outraged. This is a bad post. OP you are a bad person. Very bad.

Loved it. Thank you!
posted by Ahab at 7:37 AM on October 28, 2010


This why engineers shouldn't take drugs.
posted by MuffinMan at 7:42 AM on October 28, 2010


> "It's okay to eat fish, 'cause they don't have any feelings".

No chowder for you! Clams have feelings too.
posted by maryr at 7:45 AM on October 28, 2010


Clams have feelings too.

But only reactive ones, unless they're clear.
posted by bonehead at 7:47 AM on October 28, 2010


Stupid "viral" ad from Samsung who want you to buy their super-thin cell phones. Please don't help spread the virus.
posted by crazy_yeti at 7:48 AM on October 28, 2010


Tiny bukkake!
posted by msbutah at 7:50 AM on October 28, 2010


Clams have feelings too.

You never met my ex. (rimshot)
posted by dbiedny at 7:59 AM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Stupid "viral" ad from Samsung who want you to buy their super-thin cell phones. Please don't help spread the virus.

This was produced in 2007. It's likely those phones aren't even for sale anymore and haven't been for some time.
posted by jedicus at 8:11 AM on October 28, 2010


3 year old Samsung ad, and the domain for the marketing website it originally promoted has since been taken over by a dodgy Russian site.
posted by w0mbat at 8:23 AM on October 28, 2010


Blah blah blah. Who's got the plans for the trebuchet?
posted by word_virus at 8:37 AM on October 28, 2010


Not me, but will you settle for this?
posted by crunchland at 8:40 AM on October 28, 2010


Regardless of the realness of the bugs or the level to which it was a Samsung ad, you have to admit that it was pretty much the perfect music choice.
posted by malthas at 8:56 AM on October 28, 2010


"Clams have feelings too."

Luckily those feelings are mostly along the lines of "I wish someone would take me out of my shell and stick me in their mouth."

In a very real sense, we're all clams.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 9:05 AM on October 28, 2010


Tiny bukkake!

Close.
Bugkakke.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:12 AM on October 28, 2010


You know who else systematized a tiny-pie-throwing-at-insects national industrial machine to further their deranged socio-political objectives in the late 1930's?
posted by Xoebe at 9:30 AM on October 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


"The Bee Stooges"
posted by briank at 10:07 AM on October 28, 2010


You know who else systematized a tiny-pie-throwing-at-insects national industrial machine to further their deranged socio-political objectives in the late 1930's?

I know this one!

It was the gnomes in The Sunshine Makers!
posted by Dipsomaniac at 10:08 AM on October 28, 2010


This is probably the first (and last) time that I will ever say, "That poor spider."
posted by Splunge at 10:50 AM on October 28, 2010


I was going to forward it to people, until it got to the spider. Only an emoticon can cover my anguish... :(
posted by meech at 12:39 PM on October 28, 2010


The production team shot high-speed footage of insects being hit by droplets of coloured viscous liquid. Maquettes were then created to match the shapes and positions of the "heroic" insects and painted blue. Real pies were then thrown at the maquettes and shot at high speed.

This destroys utterly the cool factor. -1 Misleading.
posted by JHarris at 6:17 PM on October 28, 2010


Clams have feelings too.

Actually, they don't have central nervousness.

That having been said, these are great! Thanks for sharing.
posted by nat at 12:46 AM on November 15, 2010


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