Photographer Shoots ‘Bullet Time’ Using a Ring of 100 Pinhole Cameras

For his master thesis project at Hochschule Mannheim in Germany, photographer and communication designer Andreas Neumann decided to create bullet time animations using analog photography. He ended up creating a camera ring composed of 100 individual pinhole cameras for the project, titled Orbita 13.

Neumann says he spent a year building and testing the camera, and that the final 13 shots were created over the period of 6 months. The camera is 2 meters (~6.6 feet) in diameter and is essentially a do-it-yourself wooden camera creation.



One of the individual pinhole cameras.


Pinhole cameras arranged in a circle.

It’s loaded with 35mm film in bulk, and about 6.3 meters (~20.67 feet) of film are required for a bullet time exposure.



The exposed black-and-white film is then developed using caffenol. The 100 resulting pinhole photos are finally combined into a motion picture that lasts 8 seconds with a playback rate of 12 frames per second.






“The people in the pictures are isolated from the area by my staging and appear mysterious, cold and oppressive,” Neumann says. “In this mysterious fantasy world I create ghosts which let the viewer lose their grip on reality.”


Neumann making a print of one of the many frames

This 14-minute video provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the project was done (note: the video contains nudity):

ORBITA 13 from Andi on Vimeo.

Here’s the final 4-minute-long Orbita 13 short film with the 13 bullet time animations (again, there’s some nudity):

ORBITA 13 documentation from Andi on Vimeo.




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