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Freeze Time

Roll your own “bullet time,” a la The Matrix.

Some time ago, I discovered how to make my own version of the popular bullet-time effect seen in The Matrix. What I’ll call freeze time is visual effect known by several names (detailed later in this hack), in which some, presumably dramatic, action comes to a halt while the camera shooting the action appears to move through space. The effect has been around for over 20 years, but it was recently made very popular by The Matrix and its sequels.

Discovering the Past

I’m quite amused by this whole concept and method, since it has been considered so “revolutionary” for the last several years. Why am I amused? Well, the very first motion picture was shot over 100 years ago, using an array of still cameras set along a racehorse track, connected to trip wires. Each camera took a photo in turn as a horse ran past the trip wires.


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