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January 2, 2011 3:42 AM   Subscribe

Want to create a video of a steady stream of divers simultaneously using the 10 and 3-metre platforms at the diving pool? Get a lot of fellows together, or just Fake It (SLYT; 3.43). Original site (Japanese).
posted by bwg (35 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
OK, I didn't count or anything, but there were several moments that there simply weren't enough divers in the pool. I saw them go in the water, and then they were just gone. Where did they go? Did they dissolve?




O_o
posted by louche mustachio at 4:19 AM on January 2, 2011


Those slow pans are so motion controlled.
posted by krisjohn at 4:34 AM on January 2, 2011


Where did they go? Did they dissolve?

Yes, they did. This is part of the cruel reality of how overpopulated countries deal with their people. That said, I enjoyed watching some of those beautiful half gainers into oblivion.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:47 AM on January 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


The porn goggles make it look like they're up to something dirty.
posted by pracowity at 5:03 AM on January 2, 2011


porn goggles

They should give out a free pair of porn goggles with every internet. They could have protected my eyes from so many horrible things.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:19 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't try wearing porn goggles and beer goggles at the same time unless you want to do unspeakably kinky things with very ugly people.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:40 AM on January 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Beautiful, but I can't help wondering how many people will now be tempted to dive one after the other like that.

Broken necks, ahoy!
posted by bilabial at 5:55 AM on January 2, 2011


Though the piece is wonderfully composited (and the pans are not motion-controlled so much as applied digitally in post on what was originally a slightly wider locked-off still framing), at a higher resolution you begin to see some artefacts. (Hideyuki Tanaka is a talented commercials director, too.)
posted by progosk at 6:17 AM on January 2, 2011


The Goggles! They do nothing!
posted by Balisong at 6:49 AM on January 2, 2011


Can someone explain in layman's terms how that was made? Dunno what 'composited', 'post', or 'motion controlled' mean?
posted by facetious at 7:28 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, the camera never moved, which means one of two things. probably a combination of both, really:

1. the actor runs down the hallway, goes back to the start, and runs down it again. The director then uses a computer to put both those shots together, to make it look like there are two actors.

2. the actor runs down the hallway once, and the director combines each frame with a frame from a few seconds before, to make it look like there are two actors.
posted by rebent at 7:43 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dunno what 'composited', 'post', or 'motion controlled' mean?

I'm gonna take a stab at these, just 'cause.

And, rebent, thanks.


Composited:

Using a computer and video-editing software, the repeated shots (as mentioned by rebent) are layered over each other. Each shot has a different take of the same guy running/diving/etc in the same place. Because the camera doesn't move, the shots can be overlayed (composited) because the background doesn't change.

Post:

Short for "post-production". Just means stuff done on the computer (production) after (post) the shot(s) were taken.

Motion-controlled:

This camera is on a tripod and in order to pan exactly the same every time, it needs to be controlled by a computer/motor to repeat the same panning motion identically.
posted by mmrtnt at 8:04 AM on January 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


If I'd been in this video my modesty bar would have been much bigger because my eyes are huge, man. Huge!
posted by cjorgensen at 8:12 AM on January 2, 2011


They dissolve because they're all made out of ticky-tacky.
posted by furtive at 8:33 AM on January 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Riefenstahl- Olympia Diving Sequence.
posted by ovvl at 8:36 AM on January 2, 2011


what the hell is going on at 1:46? Is that a real dive?
posted by xbonesgt at 8:43 AM on January 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I saw this a few days ago and kept thinking "Don't they smack each other when they land?"
posted by cccorlew at 9:11 AM on January 2, 2011


I like the part where the guy jumped into the pool.
posted by ardgedee at 10:11 AM on January 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


It's raining men.
posted by binturong at 10:21 AM on January 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


This is either the human version of Lemmings, or a Poolkakke effort.
posted by chavenet at 10:55 AM on January 2, 2011


It's raining men.

Mashup in 5...4...3...
posted by Sys Rq at 10:57 AM on January 2, 2011


i refuse to believe the divers are CGI...
posted by 3mendo at 11:22 AM on January 2, 2011


Yes, this very much looks like what happens when you fail at Lemmings.
posted by wierdo at 11:44 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The North Koreans are busy perfecting a real-life version of this.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:03 PM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


facetious, rebent, mmrtnt: this was shot with a good number of members of a very highly skilled Japanese diving team (at least as many as you see running to - and then, at the end, from - the platforms); so: it isn't just one guy diving.
The director likely set up multiple cameras in order to capture the same action from various angles simultaneously. The cameras were all fixed, so there were no camera moves made to accompany the movements of the divers; the director also took care to shoot a "clean plate" from each angle, a shot consisting only of the pool and platforms, without any divers. That way, during the post-production phase, for any camera angle the moving elements (= the divers) could easily be separated from the background (the "plate"). This is necessary to then be able to do the compositing: taking each single diver's run, and "paste" it back onto the background at the rhythm necessary, in this case both as dictated by the rhythm of the song and by the intention of placing them as close to each other as possible.
Once the desired compositing is finished, in order to belie the technical necessity of having shot fixed shots (and to avoid a boring video without camera movements), the director then used digital post-production equipment to simulate camera movements. This is done by shooting the scene framed wider than the final intended framing, and then selecting that smaller frame-area within the fixed shot, and moving the centerpoint of your frame. (Not sure I explained that well...)
There is no CG (computer-generated) graphics in this (other than the porn-goggles, if you like). As mmrtnt explained, motion-control means the use of a computer controlled camera rig that makes it possible to repeat camera movements identically - it's used to overcome the fixed-shot necessity as exemplified here, allowing you to have moving clean plates, but it makes for very complex and expensive shoots, and was not used in this particular video. (Kylie Minogue's "Come in to my world" is the classic example of virtuoso motion control + compositing.)
posted by progosk at 12:25 PM on January 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


D'oh! That had me semi-fooled... when 'they' made their entrance, there appeared to me to be a slight difference in height among the divers so I thought it used a small group (8-10?) composited over several times. But one single guy? He must've been exhausted after all that diving.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:28 PM on January 2, 2011


THANK you progosk, I'm NOT an idiot! I'm not!
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:30 PM on January 2, 2011


Post:

Short for "post-production". Just means stuff done on the computer (production) after (post) the shot(s) were taken.


Pretty much right. Post is indeed short for Post Production... But it's not the computer that's the production, it's the shooting.

Post Production descibes all the work that come after (post) the shooting (production). It includes basic editing, audio work and visual effects.

There is also Pre Production which is the phase that comes before shooting (the planning, casting etc).

So a film/video project is typically broken into three very broad phases - Pre Production, Production and Post Production. But there's a lot within each of those phases, and they also may overlap - often Post Production will begin while the primary Production is still underway, and Pre Production for later shoots may still be being undertaken.

As for this video - I call "fake and gay" - that's all.
posted by sycophant at 1:18 PM on January 2, 2011


I am totally going to do the kicky-leg dive when I'm in the Olympics.
posted by zippy at 2:04 PM on January 2, 2011


the pans are not motion-controlled so much as applied digitally in post on what was originally a slightly wider locked-off still framing

Ahh, that's brilliant. I was thinking how much the pan added to the effect -- a static shot would have looked really obvious -- but, assuming it was motion controlled, I couldn't figure out how they got everything synchronized.
posted by bjrubble at 2:26 PM on January 2, 2011


I loved the occasional "run flailing falling over backward" dives most.

also: Needs more Daft Punk.
posted by djrock3k at 5:15 PM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


> also: Needs more Daft Punk.

This is true of most videos on the internet, though.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:20 PM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ahh, that's brilliant. I was thinking how much the pan added to the effect -- a static shot would have looked really obvious -- but, assuming it was motion controlled, I couldn't figure out how they got everything synchronized.


Oh it looks nice here, but wait until the next time you see an add for a local car dealership. Panning can be used for evil too.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 5:42 PM on January 2, 2011


I watched this before leaving for work this morning and was just kinda 'meh' about it .... then all day I couldn't stop thinking about it, and the first thing I did upon getting home was rewatch it 3 times in a row. It's hypnotic, in a weird way.
posted by mannequito at 6:49 PM on January 2, 2011


djrock3k: "I loved the occasional "run flailing falling over backward" dives most. "

See also: Screaming like a maniac dive (about 2:40 in).
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 2:01 PM on January 3, 2011


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