Inspired by the 'other worldly' look of luggage when viewed through the screen of a security airport scanner, the colors and shapes you see look nothing like what you remember packing. So Club Med decided to have a little fun with that and created the story of a family of flip flops and their holiday inside your luggage.
Their adventure includes:
- A bottle of Head & Shoulders shampoo as a speedboat.
- Hairbrush water skis.
- Chewing gum eyebrows.
- Flip flops faces with metal bead mouths and coin eyes.
- Tennis ball sun.
- Paperclip aeroplane.
- Hair straighteners and multi-plug adapters as skyscrapers.
Watch the video again to see if you can spot everything.
|Matt, hard at work packing the suitcase.|
“It was a nightmare,” Matt recalled. “First of all, it was too big for conventional doorways, so it wouldn’t go through any doors in the building. It was too long to go into the lift."
The scanner used was the TR70: a huge 2280 x 905 x 1255mm machine weighing in at 450kg! This highly-specialised piece of kit allows x-ray technicians to identify the most cleverly concealed items.
Designed to detect dangerous luggage, the TR70 turned out to be a perfect - if unusual - artistic medium. With the ability to adjust the strength of the x-rays it was possible to make certain objects appear lighter, and others much darker, preventing the images from becoming flat and lifeless. The machine could also invert images, offering a simple solution when it came to creating night and day.
|Objects taped into the suitcase.|
Unfortunately it wasn't as simple as just arranging objects into scenes as Matt describes.
"Anything that wasn’t a solid object – an electronic device, for example – it wasn’t the shape of the device that you saw at all. It was the shape of the parts inside it that appeared on the screen."
|Diagram of the Scanner's Control Panel.|
The scanner's sole purpose is to identify suspicious masses in everyday items, but these aren’t always easy to recognise. To help make sure they are, the TR70 incorporates technology which allows scanner technicians to create the clearest image possible. Certain items, however, just weren’t dense enough to show up on-screen at all, such as tape and tissue paper which both proved useful for holding everything in place.
|'Energy Stripping' created the|
colour seen in the images.
Although each scene looks deceptively simple it was actually quite a complex process of experimenting with objects to see what would show up in the scanner and getting things layered just right.
“If we were lucky, it took us maybe a dozen tries per frame to get one right. We had to find the right materials, the right layout – we put it through 20 times before we get anywhere near what we wanted.”
Matt said that they deliberately stayed away from using objects that were too outlandish, preferring to stick with objects likely to be found in a typical family holiday bag. In doing so the animation has a real feel of familiarity and fun.
Next time you go through an airport scanner you just might want to take a peek and see whether your luggage is enjoying your holiday too.
For further information about how this animation was made read the Sun, Sea and Scanned post on the Club-Med Blog.