I recently came across this beautiful "IR" time-lapse of an empty Philadelphia city and was instantly mesmerized by the lack of moving things like people or cars. Upon further investigation on the technique, I was surprised on how easy this was to actually do myself in FCP X, which adds considerable value to your time-lapse videos. I followed the comments of this video to Ross Ching, a filmmaker that inspired the creating of this video. I've posted a link to the original website below.
This is video is great example of how beautiful IR video can be. I think Bruce Berry did an excellent job color grading, and the masking done to create this affect was awesome. Bruce says "This time-lapse was inspired by the “Empty America Series” by Ross Ching and the Nibiran jungle scene in Star Trek Into Darkness. When I first saw the scene in Star Trek, it made me wonder how color infrared would look if we could see it with our own eyes, unaided by IR filters." To me, this gives a very strong Walking Dead feel to the footage. I think while this is something that should rarely be used, it should be understood and be another arrow in your quiver as a filmmaker.
Here is the original article I found on how Ross Ching creates this affect so easily. Check out his instruction on how he made the vacant landscape look.
Running on Empty
What do you guys think of the technique? Can you tell that the video is actually blended together with still images?