The Slow Mo Guys

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The Slow Mo Guys
The Slow Mo Guys Logo.jpg
Personal information
Born
  • Gavin David Free
  • (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 30)
  • Daniel Charles Gruchy
  • (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 30)
Origin Thame, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Entertainers
YouTube information
Also known as Gav and Dan
Channel
Years active 2010–present
Genre Science
Subscribers 11 million+ (The Slow Mo Guys)
682,000+ (The Slow Mo Guys 2)
Total views 1.5 billion+ (The Slow Mo Guys)
23.8 million+ (The Slow Mo Guys 2)
Network Rooster Teeth
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 30 July 2018.

The Slow Mo Guys is a science and technology entertainment web series created by Gavin Free, starring himself and Daniel Charles Gruchy. It has been described as the biggest channel for slow motion videos on YouTube.[1][2]

The series consists of a wide variety of things filmed in extreme slow motion using a range of Vision Research Phantom high-speed cameras, capable of shooting over 343,000 frames per second.[3] The series premiered on 3 November 2010. As of July 2018, their YouTube channel has over 11 million subscribers, 224 videos and over one and a half billion video views.[4]

History[edit]

Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy hosting a panel at RTX 2013

In 2007, Gavin Free joined Green Door Films, the first production house in Europe to utilize Phantom digital high-speed cameras as a source of slow motion, working as a data technician and camera operator.[5] He began working on adverts, music videos, and films such as Hot Fuzz. In 2008, he was hired to direct the seventh season of the Rooster Teeth machinima series Red vs. Blue. Afterwards, he had decided to make a move to Austin, Texas and work full-time for Rooster Teeth. He then created The Slow Mo Guys along with friend Daniel Gruchy in order to get a work visa.

Free and Gruchy met while working in a Waitrose in their home county of Oxfordshire.[6] The Slow Mo Guys, featuring slow motion footage of various pranks and stunts of the pair, has garnered millions of views since it launched in 2010. According to Free, the name partially comes from a comment Richard Hammond made on the set of Top Gear.

"[Richard] Hammond was the first person to ever refer to me as a "slow mo guy" because he knew there was a high-speed camera on the shoot that we were doing, which was him going around in a Formula 1 car. And he hopped over the wall as we were setting up the Phantom... he said, "oh you must be the slow mo guys," and I thought that sounds pretty good."[7]

In April 2011,[8][9] 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.[10]

On 20 February 2013, Free confirmed that the series had been picked up by Rooster Teeth and that further episodes of the series would be released on Rooster Teeth's website, as well as the series' existing YouTube channel.[11] A best of compilation was released by Rooster Teeth Productions for home video on 10 September 2013.

In January 2014, in collaboration with GE Global Research, the R&D division of General Electric, they released a video showcasing the company's latest innovations, including superhydrophobic surfaces and how magnetic nanoparticles behave like liquid magnets. Two additional videos featuring them demonstrating MEMS and "cold spray" 3D painting technology were also released on the official GE YouTube channel.[12]

Gruchy is a former explosives expert from the British Army[13] and has plans to move to Texas to join Gavin.[6]

The series has been featured as part of YouTube's "Rewind" year-in-review video in 2013,[14] 2014,[15] 2015,[16] 2016,[17] and 2017.[citation needed]

The series was nominated for a Webby Award in Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video) in 2016.[18] At the 2016 Streamy Awards, the series won in the Cinematography category.[19]

Free and Gruchy launched their YouTube Original, The Super Slow Show, in 2018. This was essentially The Slow Mo Guys, but on a grander scale, featuring new equipment; larger stunts, such as crashing through walls; and special guests, including Dylan Sprouse and Mayim Bialik. There was some confusion among viewers as to whether this was a YouTube Premium exclusive, or an ad-supported show, in the same vein as Rhett and Link's Good Mythical Morning, but Free took to the comments to confirm the latter.

Web series[edit]

Year Name Notes
2018 The Super Slow Show[20] YouTube sponsored web mini series.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Result
2016 Web Personality/Host Webby Awards
Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video)
Nominated
(as The Slow Mo Guys)
2016 Team Internet: YouTube Ensemble Shorty Awards Nominated
(as The Slow Mo Guys)
2016 Cinematography Streamy Awards Won
(as The Slow Mo Guys)

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