Tuesday 15 February 2011

Opening up a wormhole shooting at 2,564 frames per second.

Director of Photography, Cinematographer and Editor , Tom Guilmette was given a high speed Phantom Flex, Rule Boston video camera to shoot the fast and mentally demanding World Championships of Ping Pong (WCPP), in a way that was never before seen.

"The most surprising thing about the new Flex camera is its light sensitivity and native noiseless 1000 ISO. Dave and I were able to record 600 FPS under Rule office fluorescent ceiling lights! The picture was not perfectly exposed, but we were making flicker-free images at that insane frame rate. If you are not familiar with high speed, a ton of light is needed and flicker is almost always a problem. But this camera is the most sensitive yet. The new Flex is “simply magic”. I think I said that to Dave more than once at Rule."

To familiarize himself with the Flex camera, Tom shot a bunch of test footage's in his locked Las Vegas hotel room and together with some of his friends created an insanely entertaining media art piece by editing in, sped up and slowed sound bytes, overlaid with some wild percussion, resulting in a punctually satisfying sound design.

Hence in his minds eye slow-motion video, below, Tom believes he is "Violating the laws of nature. Playing God. Capturing stuff we are not suppose to see. Potentially opening up a wormhole in the fabric of time." Nevertheless a suspension and a collapse of space time all at once, huh?

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