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A Slow Burn: Slow Motion Firefighting Captured at 1000FPS in Full 4K Resolution

By Tuan Tran on December 2nd 2013


Watching slow motion allows the viewer to absorb everything going on in a scene. Director Brendan Bellomo and DP Greg Wilson have come together to film the most epic firefighting you have ever seen in extremely slow motion. This was achieved by shooting with a Phantom Flex4K camera, which shoots 1,000 FPS at full 4K resolution. Recording takes 16GB a second, permitting them only to shoot in short 2-3 second recordings.

Everything from choreography, staging, stage effects, and camera framing has to be well thought out and executed perfectly during a live-burn fire. With a $140,000 camera, they were able to capture slow burning furniture, focused fireman saving the day, and raising the bar on high quality slow motion filming.

There are many things to keep in mind when shooting at high speeds, which is highlighted in this behind the scenes footage that was also shot in slow motion.


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Tuan is a photographer with Lin and JIrsa Photography, a writer for SLR Lounge, and a freelance wedding and commercial photographer in Southern Cali.

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