The Internet Discovered How to Shoot DIY 120 FPS Slow-Motion

DIY Slow Motion
When DIY production tricks, life hacks and internet memes meet - filmmakers win.

One of the most popular adages in film and art that always seems to come up time and time again is “work smart, not hard.” Never has the advice been any more true than in this recent internet phenomenon featuring a Filipino filmmaker seemingly creating DIY 120 FPS slow-motion on a $500 DSLR camera.

It’s an impressive look into how everyone’s favorite internet meme - the Mannequin Challenge - can be creatively applied to some simple DIY filmmaking shooting and editing tricks to create some pretty spectacular results.

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Shot by Youtuber KRIS GIDS on a Nikon D3300 at 60 fps, who writes: “Don't have camera that capable to capture super slow-motion like 120 fps? Then ask your Friend to slow down their movement or Freeze while you'r shooting and you can get Smooth slow-motion or Time Freeze effect on Post Process.”

This "bullet time" effect has been a DIY filmmaking favorite for years, but this one might take the cake. If you are interested, we've broken this technique down before here at No Film School, with these handy tutorials for Shooting a Bullet Time Action Shot With an iPhone & a StringMaking Your Own Portable DIY Bullet Time Rig, and Another DIY Bullet-Time GoPro Rig (This One's Handheld!)    

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Thats pretty impressive (he even makes the shot) ... love ingenuity like this (self compliment coming in 3...2...1...)

I did this:
about 8 years ago (kinda still holds up? whatchathink?) ... shot on a 7D with a gyroscope we got from a Navy surplus store mounted to the bottom of the camera (The spinning gyro was used to keep missiles stable... crazy huh?) There was no such thing as a gimbal or Ronin so ... you know... missile gyroscopes and gaf tape.

January 25, 2019 at 4:45PM

Roberto Serrini
Director • Editor

really interesting information...I'm impressed

January 26, 2019 at 1:54PM

Kate Tween

Did this with 30FPS on a Canon 70D back when everyone was doing that meme a few years back...forgot what it was called but it used some obnoxious trap song. We had everyone stand completely still and I just moved through the room hand-held. Wasn't as good as this but...yeah.

January 26, 2019 at 7:16PM


The guy was lucky the two kids in the background were only in the frame for a second... because they were not "frozen" at all.

Otherwise: nicely done !

February 1, 2019 at 12:19PM

You voted '-1'.