Slow motion for me, slow motion for me, slow motion for me.
One of the best shots in all of the cinema is slow motion. It can make your characters look cool, highlight a plot revelation, or highlight a moment. But guess what? One of the worst recordings in all of cinema is slow motion recording. It can seem cheesy and over the top and completely pull the audience out of the scene.
That is the line you go in slow motion. Still, I love it almost every time it’s used properly. It can add so much to the story. Check out this incredible supercut and then let’s talk about slow motion after that.
What this supercut of slow motion in movies can teach you
Before we get to the celebration, I wanted to highlight some filmmaking terms.
Slow motion definition
Slow motion or slow motion was invented by the aforementioned Austrian priest August Musger in the early 20th century. It’s when what’s happening on the screen is slower than our average perception of time. This is achieved through the use of cameras that take several frames per second.
60fps, 120fps, and 240fps are all Frame rates used for Slow motion. Typically, the video is slowed down to 24 fps or 30 fps in post production for smooth rendering cause.
One term for creating slow motion in film is “Overturning“which refers to the cranking of an early camera at a faster than normal speed.
Why use slow motion in movies and on TV?
As I said in the opening, slow motion has many uses. Outside of reviewing sports moments, slow motion is used to add emotion, reveal something big, highlight a shot, or put a poignant moment into an action sequence.
There are many ways that filmmakers use slow motion that are creative and interesting.
The best examples of slow motion in movies and on television
Think about how we see slow motion in movies like that The matrix or even in the Quiksilver scenes in X-Men. These are creative twists to slow the world down and add character development, motives, and payouts.
In a movie like The injured lockerThe slow motion shows us the reaction time of a character when he dismantles a bomb. Or the dramatic conclusion by Sam Peckinpah The wild bunch where we see the kind of violence these bandits brought to the west. Or even the slow motion at the end of characterwhere we see Merrill Finally it becomes clear that fate has brought everyone to this moment and he has to use the bat to swing the aliens away.
I won’t go into bad uses here as I think all uses of slow motion are completely subjective. Some people hated it The Snyder cutbut I thought it fits in with his attempt to capture the mythology behind every hero in the story.
Summarize slow motion in film and television
Now that you know the term and have celebrated it in the Supercut, I hope you have some ideas on how to use it in your next work. I think there is always an economical or short slow motion shot that can help highlight a moment in any movie. I mean, check out this short beach scene in The soldier James Ryancompared to how The interview uses slow motion at the end of the film to show the death of her villain.
You can create a lot of space, so get creative.
Cant wait to see what you come up with!
And let us know what you think of slow motion in the comments.