How to create epic 360 bullet time videos with some wood and a caster
Recently, we stumbled upon a video that was too good not to share. Made by Luca Amhofer, the video shows a 360-degree rig he made himself for shooting videos. The rig enables a filmmaker to place the subject in the center and rotate the camera around it. And unlike most creations of this kind, this one is inexpensive, yet still efficient.
We got in touch with Luca, and he was kind enough to share some details of his build with us. There are also some BTS images and the video, where you can get acquainted with the process. There’s also the final result, so you get to see what he achieved using this simple and cheap DIY solution.
It surprised me how simple the parts of the rig are. It was made just from wood and aluminum. To mount the camera, Luca used a lightweight, but robust tripod ball head:
For the spinning part, he used a simple caster:
As for the time of building, it took Luca about two weeks (working 3-4 hours a day) to perfect the system. After this time, he had the rig ready to shoot.
Once the rig was ready – it was time to shoot (and not only with the camera). Luca used a Sony FS700 at 200fps, paired with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8. He shot a short film named Scope, a movie aimed at sending an anti-war message. And finally, this is the result he got:
About the Artist
Luca Amhofer is a filmmaker and director from Austria. He is the founder of LA-Cinematics Production, specialized in short film, commercial and music video productions. To see more of his work, check out his website, like his Facebook page, and follow him on Instagram and his YouTube channel.
Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.