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Have You Seen This? This video is not in slow motion

Posted April 10

A “slow motion” video that is actually real-time footage is both impressive and oddly soothing. (Deseret Photo)

THE SET — The invention and use of slow motion has been around almost as long as the invention of film itself, and it’s now a well-used technique that we hardly even notice any more.

If you’re Michael Bay or John Woo, you use it liberally in action films to show us just how impressive a character is as he or she walks slowly away from a massive explosion without looking back. If you’re Wes Anderson, you use it to “assemble” a rag tag group of determined characters as they move toward the camera. And if you’re a directing a period piece, you use it with high-drama music as someone runs down a hall with a tail coat or cape flailing behind them, rushing to save the sick or dying.

But if you’re YouTube user Eran Amir, you don’t use slow motion at all — you just look like you do.

In this video called "Fast Slow Motion," it looks like Amir has made a slow motion, chain reaction video like so many others that haunt the internet. Instead, Amir has specialized his props and movements to achieve the slow-mo effect. He basically made a stop-motion film of himself in real time, which takes an impressive amount of planning and discipline.

That, in and of itself, is worth the watch, but as a special bonus, the music paired with the video makes for an oddly soothing experience. Personally, I found myself relaxing into the sights and sounds with a meditative ease, which means I ended up watching the video several times, of course.

“Fast Slow Motion” is part of a trilogy of videos Amir made recently, and all the films are worth a watch. Check out "This Video Is in Reverse" and "Black & White (In Colour)" to complete the journey.

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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