Portable bullet time effect – We invented it!
In the film production Matrix 1, 120 cameras were installed in a circular fixed way. For this installation you need many days and even longer for post-production. In 2008, we have made it our goal to keep this effect portable with 25-35 cameras. After long research for suitable cameras and partners, we have developed a rig that allows us to attach 26 cameras and still be transportable for a cameraman. The 26 GoPro cameras are controlled simultaneously with a remote control. The timing is set manually in compositions in post-production. Now, the simultaneous time-frame is put together from al tracks in order for the new virtual camera to create the bullet time effect. If you think this was all, then you’re way off!
Each camera needs its own profile. Since in production are created lens tolerances, which must be carefully read out by hand on a grid. The recorded markers must be perfectly passed on to the next camera accordingly. Sounds complicated? Yes, it’s tremendously complicated.
From the 26 cameras we can create a maximum sequence of 10-12 seconds. Otherwise, pixel artefacts are formed. All further information can be found in the book we wrote on Amazon.Frozen Frames - The pocketbook to our invention!