Gavin Free

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Gavin Free
Gavin Free RTX 2013.jpg
Free at RTX 2013
Born Gavin David Free
(1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 26)
Oxfordshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Producer, director, cinematographer, actor
Years active 2006–present
Known for The Slow Mo Guys
Achievement Hunter

Gavin David Free (born 23 May 1988) is an English filmmaker originally from Thame in Oxfordshire, England. He is best known for his work at the Austin, Texas-based company Rooster Teeth, as well as his own web-series The Slow Mo Guys, which he created with friend Daniel Gruchy. The Slow Mo Guys features slow-motion footage of various stunts and experiments, garnering over 275 million views since it launched in 2010.[1][2][3] In April 2011, the channel was voted the winner of YouTube's On The Rise program, which highlights up-and-coming YouTube partners on the homepage. In September 2012, their episode involving crushing watermelons was featured on The Tonight Show.[4] Free appeared alongside Gruchy, playing themselves being pulled by an RV, itself a nod to Breaking Bad, while an explosion goes off behind them in YouTube Rewind 2013.[5]

In 2006, Free joined Green Door Films, the first production house in Europe to use Phantom digital high-speed cameras as a source of slow motion, working as a data technician and camera operator. He has worked on adverts and music videos for U2, Enter Shikari, Klaxons, Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers, X-Press 2, and the "Everybody Hurts" charity single.[6] In 2009, he was hired by Rooster Teeth Productions to direct their machinima series Red vs. Blue's seventh season and its mini-series Relocated.[7]

Free in 2013

He is also known for his slow-motion cinematography work for films,[citation needed] including Hot Fuzz (2007), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and Dredd (2012).[7] Gavin has also worked on slow-motion footage for the BBC show Top Gear.[8] In 2014, Free and fellow Rooster Teeth employees were featured in the music video for Barenaked Ladies single "Did I Say That Out Loud?".[9] In the video, he accidentally lights himself on fire trying to play a song for Meg Turney, which subsequently goes viral.


Year Title Role
2006 Planet Earth[10] Slow Motion Cinematographer
2007 Top Gear Slow Motion Cinematographer
2007 Hot Fuzz Slow Motion Cinematographer
2008–present Achievement Hunter Himself, producer, editor
2008–2009 Red vs. Blue Director, Jones (voice)
2009 Captain Dynamic Himself
2009–present Rooster Teeth Shorts Himself
2010–present The Slow Mo Guys Himself, producer[11]
2011 The Good Cook[12] Slow Motion Cinematographer
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Slow Motion Cinematographer
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Slow Motion Cinematographer
2012 Dredd[13][14] Slow Motion Cinematographer
2013–present[15] Immersion[16] Himself
2013–present The Gauntlet Himself
2014 @midnight Himself (with Burnie Burns and Gus Sorola)


  1. ^ "Giant water balloon exploding in super slow-motion – The Feed Blog". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Slow Mo Guys: Amazing slow-motion film shows what happens when football meets face | Mail Online". 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ "'Slo mo guys' fast becoming stars | The Sun |News". The Sun. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "USA vs. The World, Part 1". NBC. Retrieved 2012-09-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ "YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?". Youtube Spotlight. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Free, Gavin (2010-03-07). "Follow up to last journal.". Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Gavin Free | Supanova Pop Culture Expo". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ "RT Podcast #235". Rooster Teeth. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Ramirez, Ramon. "Here's the exclusive premiere of the latest Barenaked Ladies video". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
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  13. ^ Twitter / GavinFree: @EricVespe That was the last. Retrieved on 2012-12-07.
  14. ^ Twitter / GavinFree: @dancottle Dredd was the last. Retrieved on 2012-12-07.
  15. ^ "Rooster Teeth · RT Podcast #187". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  16. ^ Twitter / RTXevent: Burnie talking about Michael. Retrieved on 2012-12-07.

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