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Have you seen 'The Second' yet?

A Warhol-type movie in slow time
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Photron (see link) makes a camera that shoots an amazing 109,500 frames per second. That is, in just one second, it can shoot enough frames for a 76-minute film.

Now, 76 minutes of a man on the street in mid-sneeze is interesting only for the first 2 minutes. After that? Boring! (A la Warhol's Empire State...)

Mount your camera on a long, sturdy line that stretches a long, long way down a busy street and add a rail-gun-like mechanism to keep the camera moving at a scary rate for the 1 second.

Now you get a graceful 'matrix'-like tracking shot of people people on the street, caught in mid-life.

The interesting thing is that you see all these people pass you by over 76 minutes -- eating, laughing, talking, driving, yelling, crying -- but only 1 second of city life has passed in the film.

Maybe it is just me, but I'd pay to see this movie.

Then again, I liked Baraka.

not_only_but_also, Jan 27 2005

1000fps to 109,500 fps http://news.thomasn...om/fullstory/458599
It does 1000fps in high-res and up to 109,500 in low res [not_only_but_also, Jan 27 2005]

Baraka http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103767/
[not_only_but_also, Jan 27 2005]

Empire http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196530/
An 8 hour movie of the Empire State Building [not_only_but_also, Jan 27 2005]

HB: "Cheap Slow Motion Camera" cheap_20Slow_20motion_20cam
The Photron has come up before here. [bristolz, Jan 27 2005]

(?) High speed cameras used to record H-bomb detonations http://www.aracnet..../wetokian/trap1.htm
oral history of the H- bomb tests [csea, Jan 27 2005]

Frozen Moment Technique http://www.digitala.../frozen_moment.html
[Worldgineer, Jan 27 2005]

The Quickening Rule _22The_20Quickening_22_20Rule
by mrkillboy. [calum, Feb 01 2005]


       There are rotary mirror cameras that operate in the millions of frames per second. Up to 5,000,000 fps. Nuclear weapons research drove the development.   

       Oh, and they shoot on film.
bristolz, Jan 27 2005

       Wow, [bris] that is cool. Now I can re-name the film 'The Instant'!   

       Would the mirror-camera fit on my rail-gun-wire?
not_only_but_also, Jan 27 2005

       I don't know. Will a Toyota Sienna fit on your railgun wire? That's roughly the size of the rotary mirror cameras.
bristolz, Jan 27 2005

       Serendipity / synchronicity, I happened to be reading up today on the history of a family friend who was involved in the A- and H-bomb development.   

       Back in 1956, they had cameras capable of a million frames / sec. see [link]
csea, Jan 27 2005

       I think the cable weight would lead the camera to swoop downward toward the crowd.
proto13, Jan 27 2005

       As it accelerates it would show people moving in Zeno fashion.
FarmerJohn, Jan 27 2005

       Try mounting several thousand cheap digital cameras in a long line, and set them off electronically one after the other. It would obviously cost more than a small sum, but they could be set to go off again quite soon, and the lighting need not be special.
Ling, Jan 27 2005

       That's sort of how they shoot effects like those in the Matrix. I'll look for a link.
Worldgineer, Jan 27 2005

       I saw a Zen film much like this. It was twenty minutes long and was just an extreme close up of a popcorn popping in some oil. You couldn't really tell what it was until ten minutes in.
wagster, Jan 27 2005

       I see room for a sequel - How about "the Second Second"
Flux, Feb 01 2005

       I never even saw the first yet. (+)   

       This is one of the best ideas I've seen in a while... Or perhaps it just appeals to me in all the right ways...   

photojunkie, Feb 01 2005

       I really think shooting (har) the camera across the street at a scary speed using the railgun is part of what makes this idea appealing.
ywong, Feb 01 2005

       //Photron (see link) makes a camera that shoots an amazing 109,500 frames per second.// I'd be very, very surprised. Shoots at a rate of 109,500 frames per second, more likely.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Feb 01 2005

bristolz, Feb 01 2005

[bris]: the anno is meaning "109,500 individually amazing frames"
as opposed to ...
an amazing fact (109,500 frames per second)
Jinbish, Feb 01 2005

       Um, okaaay.
bristolz, Feb 01 2005

       More likely an amazing 109,500 boring frames per second.
Ling, Feb 01 2005

       Sorry [bris], was what I meant to say was "it'll shoot, say, a hundred frames in 100/109500 of a second", but I'd be astonished it could complete a second's worth of shooting at that rate, without some seriously wide memory.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Feb 01 2005

       I read it the same way that [Jinbish] did.
brodie, Feb 01 2005

       How about if this second were the second second, starting a fraction of a second after the first second, which would be a 2,000,000 fps shot from an inverted rocket sled. The first second would look as described here, and the second second would show the same people just after a mach 8 flyby, with their lunch suspended in mid air, etc.   

       (No, I didn’t do the math)
Shz, Feb 01 2005

       [Feignman] the camera is moving, and therefore the picture as well. Unless by picture you mean a mural several miles long, in which case the only advantage here is the chair.
tiromancer, Feb 01 2005

       //Unless by picture you mean a mural several miles long// That's exactly what this would be. Since the camera is moving //at a scary rate//, and with the high rate of camera operation, you could just take a mural as long as your //rail-gun-like mechanism//, and pan along it for an hour and get the same effect.
brodie, Feb 02 2005


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