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"ORA", the First 3D Movie Shot with Thermal Cameras

Join the S3D Centre at Emily Carr (Vancouver, Canada), in conjunction with Simon Fraser University, for an evening with celebrated filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq. The evening will include the premiere Vancouver screening of his experimental 15-minutes Stereoscopic 3D short film ORA.

ORA is dance transformed by cinema—a completely unique film experience that merges the artistic worlds of Baylaucq and choreographer José Navas. The first film to use 3D thermal imaging, its visuals are unlike anything ever seen: the luminous variations of body heat seen on skin, bodies emitting a multitude of colours, a space filled with movement that transforms itself.

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“I was mesmerized by the images onscreen when I first saw Ora in 3D,” says Alan Goldman, Adjunct Researcher and Industry Liaison, S3D Centre of Excellence at Emily Carr. “The experience of watching the dancers glowing in the darkness was eerily beautiful. A spectacle that should not be missed!

To know more about ORA or watch a trailer (or buy a digital copy online), visit ORA.

An evening with filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq

Baylaucq will talk about the process of making the film, from using infrared thermal imaging cameras to working with performers in darkness —the only light source being the internal heat of the human body. In addition to the screening, Baylaucq will show behind the scenes video, scenes from other works, and answer audience questions.

Philippe Baylaucq

Baylaucq was born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1958, studied in London, and first came to prominence during the 1980s for his work in videography and in cinema. His films are characterized by frequent experimentation with form, an affinity for technological innovation and an interest in various artistic disciplines. These include architecture (Barcelone, 1985;Phyllis Lambert, une biographie, 1994), painting (Mystère B., 1997; Les couleurs du sang, 2000) and dance (Les choses dernières, 1994; Lodela, 1996; ORA, 2011).

His films have won numerous awards at Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art, as well as at many international film festivals. Baylaucq’s dedication to film has earned him the prix Lumières, in recognition of his work advancing the interests of film directors.

Free May 9, 2013 Screening

The screening and talk take place at the SFU Surrey Campus, Westminster Savings Lecture Theatre, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Doors open at 6pm with the feature event taking place from 7-9pm. Admission is free but please register as seating is limited.


Source: S3DCenter, SFU.