The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)


First live action bullet time, advanced photogrammetry, first virtual cinematography

The Matrix (1999)
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1) The bullet time effect here is more advanced, incorporating temporal motion so rather than almost all objects appearing totally frozen, the scene progresses in slow and variable motion. The cameras positions and exposures were previsualized using a 3D simulation. Instead of firing the cameras simultaneously, the visual effect team fired the cameras fractions of a second after each other, so that each camera could capture the action as it progressed, creating a super slow-motion effect. When the frames were put together, the resulting slow-motion effects reached a frame frequency of 12,000 per second, as opposed to the normal 24 frames per second of film. Standard movie cameras were placed at the ends of the array to pick up the normal speed action before and after. Because the cameras circle the subject almost completely in most of the sequences, computer technology was used to edit out the cameras that appeared in the background on the other side.To create backgrounds, Gaeta hired George Borshukov, who created 3D models based on the geometry of buildings and used the photographs of the buildings themselves as texture.

2) First bullet time was in Smirnoff commercial (1996).

5) Virtual cinematography is the set of cinematographic techniques performed in a computer graphics environment. This includes a wide variety of subjects like photographing real objects, often with stereo or multi-camera setup, for the purpose of recreating them as three-dimensional objects and algorithms for automated creation of real and simulated camera angles. (for more watch Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).