Earlier this month a Swiss freeskier named Nicolas Vuignier posted an amazing YouTube video featuring bullet-time footage of a run down a snow-covered mountain. More impressive than the video, though, is the simple rig Vuignier designed and built to capture that footage with just a single iPhone.
It’s a universal rule that even after all these years, everything looks cooler in bullet time. Time stops! Perspectives get reversed! And when this dude is breathing fire in bullet time, it looks like a maniacal orange fiery beast is being excised from the guy’s body. It’s a really bad ass look.
And here I thought simple slow motion was enough to make gymnasts and breakdancers and parkour athletes look awesome. Nope. You need to add some bullet time action to turn up the intensity knob to the point where it looks like gravity is completely broken.
This beautiful new commercial from Nokia uses the same principle of bullet time—the effect made popular by the movie The Matrix—but in a different way: Instead of freezing a moment in time, the rig is built to give the illusion that the world is spinning. It's pretty, but it can make you a bit dizzy.
Back in May, our friend and ex-NASA JPL engineer Mark Rober, figured out a way to shoot "bullet time" videos on the cheap, with a ceiling fan, a pair of flashlights, and a GoPro. Pretty damn creative, but the rig had its limitations. So Mark set out to find a way to create a similar set-up, this time using a high-end…
Slow motion and Matrix-style bullet time was invented for this and this only: dogs. As in playing with dogs and recording them in bullet time with 52 GoPro cameras set up to freeze time. The video itself is already fun (if you have a heart) but the behind the scenes footage is almost just as interesting (if you like…
Despite those two sequels, the original The Matrix is still a visual feast with its action-freezing bullet time sequences. And just like with slow motion, everything is cooler when filmed in bullet time, so Japan's NHK has developed a multi-viewpoint robotic camera system that can be easily setup at live events.
We've seen a few crazy bullet time rigs in our day, but this one might take the cake both for "coolest" and "most over the top." For the music video of London Grammar's “Wasting My Young Years” photographers put together a setup that used a whopping 625 pinhole cameras to awesomely stop time. It's ridiculous.
Rip Curl and TimeSlice Films filmed surfers riding real waves with 30 GoPro HD cameras and created an effect very similar to the Bullet Time sequences in The Matrix. It's jaw droppingly awesome.