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Matrix-style Bullet Time Photos Using 20 Polaroid Cameras

Line up an array of digital cameras and you’ll have yourself a setup that can take Matrix-style bullet-time shots. Artist Sam Blanchard created a similar rig, but went with Polaroid cameras instead of digital ones. The project, titled Polaroid Matrix, consists of 20 Polaroid cameras arranged in a circle and modified to be triggered remotely. After the cameras are triggered to simultaneously capture photos of the subject in the center, the Polaroid pictures are arranged and turned into a Flipbook.

Blanchard recently turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to take Polaroid Matrix to Maker Faire in NYC, and ended up receiving $642 for the instant film needed. Here’s his short Kickstarter video introducing the project:

Engadget also stopped by Blanchard’s exhibit at the fair to see the rig in action:

Polaroid Matrix (via Engadget)


Image credit: Photograph by Sam Blanchard


 
  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    this is retarded, a whole lot of work for a crappy finish product.  Even art wise I don’t see much merit in it.

  • Just Cause

    In all honestly, the project would have more artistic value if the rig was taken outside and burned, with one polaroid spared to take the pictures as documentary evidence that it was gone forever.

  • Just Cause

    In all honestly, the project would have more artistic value if the rig was taken outside and burned, with one polaroid spared to take the pictures as documentary evidence that it was gone forever.

  • Ed1987

    Well, to be fair, this video/project wasn’t created for people who *don’t* see merit in the idea….it was created for people who *do*.

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Ed1987: so you mean like when Hollywood spent 500 million on making the Green Lantern and it only made like $150 back… it was because it was art and everyone else didn’t see the merit in it?  I can see what your saying but I have seen 8 year old kids make better flip books then that.  If it was for art I’m not that impressed and that’s my right as an art lover to say so.  And the “idea” was done a long time ago, it was called the Matriz.  So their just recreating the same “idea” except with lousy results.

    Just Cause: agree, WORD!

  • http://www.facebook.com/larryvaughn Larry Vaughn

    I was thinking that it might be a bit more interesting to try to capture some action, rather than static headshots, and scan the images and make a video out of them.

  • da8iwr

    Bullet time is to catch a movement that can’t be caught any other way, such as a jump, fall, moving hair, moving or liquid movement for example. Standing still in the middle of it, can be achieved by running around him and taking 20 photos one after the other with the same camera, what a waste of a project… which had little creativity in the first place!