Photo credit: Peta Pixel
Technically speaking, bullet time is a visual effect that detaches the time and space of a camera (or viewer) from that of its visible subject, or a depth enhanced simulation of variable-speed action and performance found in films, most notably “The Matrix”. This term is actually a registered trademark of Warner Bros., formally established in March 2005, in connection with the video game The Matrix Online, first been used within the original script of the 1999 film. If you don’t have a high-speed camera, read more to see how you can achieve this effect for free.
“[Filmmaker] Kris Gids had a group of people play basketball and then completely freeze at exactly the same time the way people did while the Mannequin Challenge was going viral. The filmmaker then kept his Nikon D3300 (shooting at 60fps) pointed at a subject while orbiting the group. After post-processing the footage in Adobe Premiere CC, the impressive ‘bullet time’ shot seen in the video above is what resulted,” according to Peta Pixel.