Focus, foretelling, amplification are the many uses for slow motion in film. An original video, narrated by Julian Palmer titled The Art of Slow Motion, splices classic scenes from The Matrix to Inception, as a slow motion crash-course on the significant narrative device. The effect of slow motion effortlessly delivers a dramatic punch and thus has earned a place in every cinematographer's bag of tricks.
Slow motion is the process of capturing scenes on film at an abnormally faster than average rate, followed by instant play-back. As the narrator reveals, slow motion varies in its purposes depending on the genre. Action flicks employ slow motion to enhance drama, elevating moments of violence to elegiac levels. In these cases, slow motion uncovers hidden details and draws the eye to them. In sci-fi, super powers benefit from a more stagnant frame speed and enhances the impact of smashing a landmark to smithereens or stopping that proverbial speeding bullet.
Moreover, the thriller and its numerous suspense sequences are defined by the power of slow motion to hold an audience's fear and anxiety. Eseentially, slow motion acts as time's sidekick, suspending belief for a briefest of moments to heighten our emotions. And without further ado check out the video below: