Asked • 04/19/19

What was the earliest mass-release movie that used Matrix-like "bullet time"?

One of the things that The Matrix was famous for was "bullet time" cinematography. I'm fairly sure that, while it was the first one to use the technique extensively and become famous for it, it wasn't the first to pioneer it.So, which mass-released movie did pioneer it? - Must have had wide theatrical release - say, played in >500 movie theaters in USA or another country for longer than 1 week. If there are official movie world definitions of mass release, I'm willing to use that one - I just made one up for lack of anything better. - Must be a live-action (not animated) movie. - Doesn't have to be an American movie - Strongly prefer if there's some "professional" source that acknowledges that the technique used in the movie is indeed the same as Matrix's "bullet time" (e.g. a professional publication, or at least a well regarded specialist blog)

Sam C.

John Gaeta, special effects artist on The Matrix wrote: "For artistic inspiration for bullet time, I would credit Otomo Katsuhiro, who co-wrote and directed Akira, which definitely blew me away, along with director Michel Gondry. His music videos experimented with a different type of technique called view-morphing and it was just part of the beginning of uncovering the creative approaches toward using still cameras for special effects. Our technique was significantly different because we built it to move around objects that were themselves in motion, and we were also able to create slow-motion events that 'virtual cameras' could move around – rather than the static action in Gondry's music videos with limited camera moves.[19]


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Charley R. answered • 04/30/19

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