June 4, 2015 at 6:24AM

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How important Slow Motion is in your filmmaking life?

Hi NoFilmSchool friends, we've been living in the world where Slow Motion is almost everywhere. Even in my works, sometime I feel it's better to have a little Slow Motion here and there. For low budget like me, Canon DSLR (Even Cinema line C300) and Black Magic camera (except Ursa) is lacking of Slow Motion (60fps). Should I go with other camera brands?

So I would like to hear you guys here share some thoughts about Slow Motion? Do you use it all the time or never use it?

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I use it when it really matters. When I want to emphasize something in the story. Never just for style.

June 5, 2015 at 10:50AM

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Ken Horstmann
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I second what Ken states. For an excellent example of the proper use of slow motion, take a look at what Robert Zemeckis does in Contact, when Ellie's dad collapses, and she's running to the medicine cabinet. That sequence was masterful. It emphasized the emotional impact of the event, and Ellie's inability to run fast enough, while at the same time highlighting images that connected the different time periods (and themes) of the story.

Sure, a gun fight where bullets fly around in slo-mo can look cool. But also: boring. And empty. Use slow motion where it really can count. Just my 3 yen.

June 5, 2015 at 8:04PM, Edited June 5, 8:05PM

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I shot music videos for years and slo mo was used in every single video. Rappers like to have slo mo. Now that I've switched over to only shooting narrative projects I use slo mo maybe 2 percent of the time. Not really important to me and never was really, but the clients always insisted on using it.

June 6, 2015 at 7:37AM

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Don Way
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Thank you guys. Looking forward to hear more and more.

June 7, 2015 at 4:29PM

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James Nguyen
Director of Photography
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