The Slow Mo Guys

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The Slow Mo Guys
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Personal information
  • Gavin David Free
  • (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 31)
  • Daniel Charles Gruchy
  • (1988-07-28) 28 July 1988 (age 31)
OriginThame, United Kingdom
ResidenceTexas, United States
YouTube information
Also known asGav and Dan
Years active2010–present
Subscribers13 million+ (The Slow Mo Guys)
770,000+ (The Slow Mo Guys 2)
Total views1.8 billion+ (The Slow Mo Guys)
32 million+ (The Slow Mo Guys 2)
NetworkRooster 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
Updated 31 October 2019

The Slow Mo Guys is a science and technology entertainment web series from Thame, England, United Kingdom that is created by Gavin Free, starring himself and Daniel 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 380,000 frames per second.[3] The series premiered on 15 October 2010.[4]


The Slow Mo Guys is heavily influenced by Mythbusters[5]; in a typical episode, Free and Gruchy attempt to film some sort of natural or physical phenomenon in extreme slow motion: subjects of the filming are often some type of spectacular chemical or physical reaction, stress tests of certain objects under extreme conditions, while some episodes simply aim for an aesthetically pleasing result, usually by the use of rainbow-coloured paints. To emphasize the science angle, the pair wear lab coats; because the original lab coats Free ordered were too small[5], Gruchy's lab coat has traditionally had a torn off right sleeve.[6]

The episodes generally feature Free as the cinematographer and camera operator, and Gruchy, a former explosives expert from the British Army and Afghanistan vet[7], as the rigger and often also as the stuntman.[8][9] Over the years, Gruchy suffered numerous injuries, such as a lacerated ear[5], a glass shard lodged in his finger[7], an oil burn[10] and a fractured wrist[11]; he jokingly noted that he has suffered more injuries during the filming of the show than during his tour in the Afghanistan warzone.[12]

The episodes are generally filmed in their backyard in Texas, usually with only the two of them involved.[13] In the case of The Slow Mo Show, as the budget of the show increased and more cast was involved, the experiments got larger and more elaborate; the availability of a designated camera crew allowed Free to participate in the stunts as well.[14]



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.[15] 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, for which he needed to get a work visa; however, as he didn't go to university, his only option was an application for an O visa, a visa that requires an "extraordinary achievement" in arts or science. Being a video/film producer, he decided to utilize his access to slow motion cameras to create The Slow Mo Guys along with his friend Daniel Gruchy, and reach viral success.[5]

Free and Gruchy met while working in a Waitrose in their home county of Oxfordshire.[13] 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."[16]


In April 2011,[17][18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

The series has been featured as part of YouTube's "Rewind" year-in-review video in 2013,[22] 2014,[23] 2015,[24] 2016,[25] and 2017.[citation needed]

The series was nominated for a Webby Award in Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video) in 2016.[26] At the 2016 Streamy Awards, the series won in the Cinematography category.[27]

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.

In 2019, Free and Gruchy launched their second YouTube Original, Planet Slow Mo, in which the duo would travel around the world and film special events and stunts. A trailer was released January 21, with the first episode airing on January 23. [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Result
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)
2016 Cinematography Streamy Awards Won
(as The Slow Mo Guys)



  1. ^ Goodman 2016.
  2. ^ RTX 2013 Panel 2016.
  3. ^ 343,000 FPS 2016.
  4. ^ The Slow Mo Guys 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "10 things you may not have known about The Slow Mo Guys" – via
  6. ^ "Flint and Steel at 5000fps - The Slow Mo Guys" – via
  7. ^ a b "Giant Paint Explosion - The Slow Mo Guys" – via
  8. ^ "The Challenges of High-Speed Filming" – via
  9. ^ "Dan's New Look". YouTube. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  10. ^ "How Dan Hurt his Hand - The Slow Mo Guys" – via
  11. ^ "Dan has an accident" – via
  12. ^ "Slow Mo Guys Q&A Panel - RTX 2016" – via
  13. ^ a b FOSTER, ALASTAIR. "How the Slow-Mo Guys have amassed 7.5 million YouTube subscribers around the world". Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Crashing Through a Wall in Slow Motion" – via
  15. ^ Green Door Films 2016.
  16. ^ "Slow Mo Guys Q&A Panel - RTX 2016". The Slow Mo Guys 2. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  17. ^ Daily Mail 2016.
  18. ^ The Sun 2016.
  19. ^ Shorty Awards 2016.
  20. ^ Free 2016.
  21. ^ Tubefilter GE 2016.
  22. ^ 2013 Rewind 2016.
  23. ^ 2014 Rewind 2016.
  24. ^ 2015 Rewind 2016.
  25. ^ "2016 Rewind". YouTube. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  26. ^ Cavassuto, Maria. "Michelle Obama, Netflix Among 2016 Webby Nominees". Variety. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  27. ^ "The Slow Mo Guys Win Cinematography - Streamy Awards 2016". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  28. ^ "Planet Slow Mo - Official Trailer" – via



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