Still image from Philippe Baylaucq's film ORA

First film with 3D thermal imaging screened at SFU Surrey

Philippe Baylaucq's ORA, being shown May 9, uses heat from the human body.

Award-winning filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq will screen his unique, stereoscopic 3D short film ORA Thursday at SFU Surrey.

ORA is dance transformed by cinema – a distinct 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.

“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!”

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.

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, painting and dance. 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.

The screening and talk take place May 9, 7-9 p.m. at the the SFU Surrey campus (134 Street and 102 Avenue) in the Westminster Savings Lecture Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required as seating is limited. Register at or email

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