The Slow Mo Guys
|The Slow Mo Guys|
|Created by||Gavin Free|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||139|
|Location(s)||Thame, England, United Kingdom
Oxford, England, U.K.
Austin, Texas, United States.
|Camera setup||Phantom Flex
Phantom Flex 4k
Phantom HD Gold
Canon EOS 7D
|Running time||3–10 minutes|
YouTube Via. Rooster Teeth (2013–present)
Green Door Films; (2006-2010)[n 1]
|Audio format||126 kbps AAC;
155-165 kbps Opus WebM
|First shown in||Thame, England, United Kingdom|
|Original release||3 November 2010|
The Slow Mo Guys is a Streamy Award-winning science and technology entertainment web series created by Gavin Free, starring himself and Daniel Gruchy and produced by Rooster Teeth Productions. It has been described as the biggest channel for slow motion videos on YouTube.
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. The series premiered on 3 November 2010. As of March 2017, their YouTube channel has over 8.9 million subscribers  and over one billion video views.
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. 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. 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."
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.
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. 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.
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The cameras used by the Slow Mo Guys are all produced by Vision Research Phantom. The first few videos were produced using a Phantom HD Gold high speed camera. The majority of the Slow Mo Guys videos were produced using a Phantom Flex camera, capable of filming 2500 frames per second (fps) at 1080p video resolution, 5000 fps at 720p, and 10000 fps at 480p. Finally, a Phantom V1610 was used to produce the fastest videos in the series, filming 18000 fps at 720p and even higher speeds at lower resolutions. Lately they have acquired a new camera called the Phantom V2511 which is capable of shooting 30,000 fps at 720p resolution and 1,000,000 FPS at a 128x32 resolution.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Web Personality/Host||Webby Awards
Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video)
(as The Slow Mo Guys)
|2016||Team Internet: YouTube Ensemble||Shorty Awards||Nominated
(as The Slow Mo Guys)
(as The Slow Mo Guys)
- Free 2016.
- Green Door Films Archive 2016.
- Goodman 2016.
- RTX 2013 Panel 2016.
- 343,000 FPS 2016.
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- Daily Mail 2016.
- The Sun 2016.
- Shorty Awards 2016.
- Tubefilter GE 2016.
- 2013 Rewind 2016.
- 2014 Rewind 2016.
- 2015 Rewind 2016.
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- Pre-Slow Mo Guys