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30. Slow down your frames per second
December 8, 2010, 9:36 am
Filed under: Dance, Everyday, Film

This slow motion video by Straylight makes me wish I could feel time this slow. (At his site, he also links to all kinds of experiments in freezing/futzing with time. For example, Improv Everywhere’s flash mob froze 207 people in the middle of Grand Central.)

Upon reading more about the logistics of his film experiments, I now see what makes it so fascinating to watch. He’s creating the effect based on a still human subject (or mostly still) with a moving camera in slower playback mode. Filming from the train, he’s captured nearly still bodies with a 210fps camera while trekking at a train speed of 35mph, then playing back at 30fps.  (He’s on an express train passing a local stop, thus MOSTLY catching people in stillness while they wait, but there is some human movement, which is not as lovely to watch as the still body.)

What if you could experience life like this???  It would mean slowing your time perception experience by 1/7 while the world had frozen up for a moment.  Trippy.

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