How to Stop Time With a Ceiling Fan, Two Flashlights and a Camera

Remember the now ubiquitous bullet time effect in the Matrix? That technique requires dozens of cameras and other expensive gear, but JPL engineer, inventor and Gizmodo friend Mark Rober, figured out how to do it for just a few dollars.

He managed to achieve the same effect using a ceiling fan, some card board, two flashlights and one single GoPro Hero Black camera filming at 240fps. And while you can't film yourself jumping and dodging bullets, the results are truly awesome.

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To me this just looks like what it is, a camera spinning around a moving object. The thing that made the footage in The Matrix so surreal was that the subjects stayed stationary, frozen in time, while the camera "spun" around them. That's obviously never going to happen with a single camera setup like this.