Shooting “bullet time” usually requires expensive gear. But if you’re on a really low budget, you can fake this effect without spending a dime. All you need is the camera you already have, and a little help from the people you’re filming.
Philippines-based filmmaker Kris Gids has shared this short video demonstrating how you can shoot “bullet time” without a camera that captures super slow-motion. Simply ask the people you’re filming to slow down their movement or freeze completely as you’re shooting and moving around them. Kris used his Nikon D3300 at 60fps and filmed his friends playing basketball. After some post-processing in Adobe Premiere, the video above is what resulted. Not bad for a handheld shot on a D3300.
I’d say this is a good way to shoot “bullet time” if you’re only playing with the effect and don’t want to invest any additional money into gear. It’s quick, easy and cheap, and you can literally do it right now. However, you can add a little extra work and some DIY magic for even better results. Check out a few ideas here and here and get inspired for your own project.
[DIY 120 FPS slow-motion Technique | Kris Gids]