Mr. Time Freeze

Here are a couple awesome “time-freeze” scenes from last year that are a blast to watch! I figure they are using every trick in the book from wire-removal to 3d models and probably much more. The main idea is to shoot the scene while everyone is standing still and move the camera around them. In contrast, The Matrix bullet-time effect was shot with hundreds of cameras, all firing around the same moment.

I know the show Hero’s has some cool freeze-time effects as well as the explosion from Swordfish, do you remember some others?

Now, if you really want to be inspired check out this Mega Video!

POSTED:
5 years ago
RECENT POSTS
Announcing Element 3D V2!
It has been a little over 2 years since the release of Element 3D V1 and I still remember it quite vividly. I recall staying up all night before the launch, trying to get everything done. I was nervous and excited.  My son Josh had just been born a week earlier and I was working from home at the time. […]
Pixel Screen Experiment!
Here is a fun experiment I created to simulate cool LCD Pixel effects using built-in plug-ins only! It uses the Camera Lens Blur effect along with a depth map to create realistic DOF. Watch Breakdown on Youtube Download Project File (CS6) Sound FX Created with MotionPulse!
Technical Details about E3D V2
Now that we have released the first look at Element 3D V2, you can see that this is not a small update to our plug-in. It is a massive overhaul with many big features. So, I thought I would take a little time to answer a few technical questions. NOTE: Pricing information and upgrade paths […]
Element 3D V2 Official Release Date!
Element 3D V2 will be available in 2 weeks on Dec 2! Yeah! I know I’m 2 days past my November goal but we are really happy with the progress and we needed the extra time to get everything dialed in! This update is insane! What can I say, we like to push the limits of technology and features, but […]
123 Comments

maestro
4 years ago
please put a time freeze tutorial but with a longer scene and try to explain the framing that we need to film on so we can be able to doit the right way
Kiano
4 years ago
TUTORIAL PLZ!!!
Raahul
4 years ago
hey andrew i am a great fan of your works....
i love this time freeze stuff alot.... can you pls do a tutorial....

HERE IS A TAMIL SONG THIS SONG IS FULL OF TIME FREEZE EFFECTS. SO IT IS A MUST SEE...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmVLB5RaNK8&hd=1
4 years ago
OMG!!!! I've never lol'd so hard in my life!! ^^ Btw...I just want to thank you for what you've done w/ this site and just the way you are in general Andrew! I'm a data Geek in the Marine Corps but I just keep coming here to learn more about video editing and special effects instead of networking because of you.....I hate you because of all the time I'm doing it now, but I also want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!! :)
5 years ago
Looking the quality from you all works in VideoCopilot, I think the "Mega Piranha" some fake... Some takes look maked on a computer....

But, just who work in this area, you know, creation, special effects, can see that... Critical Look. ;)

You are very, very great!
5 years ago
awesome videos. Looking forward for the tutorial. thanks
yahia
5 years ago
tutorial pleaseeeeeeeee if you can :)
Kiano
5 years ago
Greetings!! Thanks big for your lessons. I too am engaged computer Graphics. I here in a blog have seen video "Mr. Time Freeze" the super!!!! It is your work? And as it becomes. There not 2D layers and 3D the chamber flies round people. I look I look and I try to understand as it it is made.?! Please if it is possible. Yours faithfully, Az@
Josiah
5 years ago
Actually I am pretty sure the Matrix scene was shot with a giant track built in a greenscreen room and then they added the outside through some process that was new at the time that let them take multiple pictures of an area and turn it into 3d space.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZh787eKeEw&feature=related
thats the original 3d bullet
5 years ago
It's a Swedish company behind the 3D stuff in the first video "Magoo 3D studios". You can find out more stuff on their website. http://www.magoo.se/ It's company from the same town where I live "Söderhamn" :)
5 years ago
oh no he ditten! karate kicking Piranha fish!!!
manikandan
5 years ago
we need time freeze tutorial
5 years ago
Here's a rough article on the breakdown for the CSI piece.

http://idesignyoureyes.com/tag/philips-carousel/

Scroll down for the info.
Tuffy
5 years ago
I'm looking forward to this Tutorial. :)
amine
5 years ago
si tu veu on reste en contact lydia
lydia
5 years ago
thanks gee for your help , i hope that i'll be able to do it ..
salut fréro d'Alger l'effet est supeeeeeeerbbbbe !!! je commence à peine avec After Effect...est le logiciel est tout simplement ..No Comment...il dépasse largement le Flash. 3DS Maw...Cinéma4D...c'est ce que je cherchais depuis longtemps .j'espère que je vais pouvoir l'apprendre rapidement .et réaliser quelques coooooooool movies...
amine
5 years ago
salut lydia raki bent homa moi aussi je suis d'alger
j'ai découvert lastuce et samarche tré bien , je vais bientot realiser une petit démo ^^
Ahhh... the beauty of what we like to call in the industry "Fake-Slice!" Both Philips 'Carousel' & CSI's promo were created using fake frozen time techniques - it's basically very simple... get actors who are exceptionally good at standing still and walk through the scene with a steady-cam - motion track your footage, add some frozen visual effects in post, wire removal might be needed in some cases (people hanging in the air etc) and some awesome Optical Flares can never go a miss too! ;-)

If you want to see some 'real' frozen-time moments come and check out some of our stuff...

www.timeslicefilms.com
http://vimeo.com/channels/timeslice
http://vimeo.com/channels/timeslice

All the best!!
Gee
lydia
5 years ago
hi ...i am from algeria...and i don't speak english ..i speak only frensh....i'll try to explain my self as i can ...hhhhhhhhhhhhhh my english is tooo bad...thanks a lot for your AE Tutorials ...but i've a little question how did you do this time freeze effect ..please if you have a tutorial or another web site about this effect please send me the link i want to learn it ... thanks a lot
5 years ago
Not sure if anyone mentioned it already but what about the opening of WATCHMEN? does that really count since there was some movement, very fluid and a nice feel though wonder how it was all put together.
DaPuertorican
5 years ago
Smallville Freeze Frame action on this shot was VERY original (forget that music someone reedited the video with, it really diminished the video's value a lot, but the effect can be seen clearly) The original SFX where much better! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMo0NV6ewxI
fraidoon
5 years ago
wow outstanding
5 years ago
Please make a Tutorial :) This looks great!
amien
5 years ago
whats the trick Andrew Kramer i didnt understand the video carousel philips , i realise a video like it with the methode of the bullet but she didnt work

plsease help as (T_T)

thank you

some of my video to inspirate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_AwGueuYAE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_AwGueuYAE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_AwGueuYAE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_AwGueuYAE
Justin
5 years ago
If you want inspiration just google Andy Gordon and check out some of his Kiteboarding videos and his Pseudo time freeze method. I've yet to find any videos that come close to his work.
5 years ago
and the ULTRAVIOLET too! Bulet Time and time freeze
5 years ago
I remenber two: The One whith and Romeu must die. do you see?
5 years ago
I think no one posted this example AutoTopsy - Point Of Impact http://vimeo.com/8033787 I like the audio.
vaguener
5 years ago
NiC, the movie you said is "clockstoppers"... the water scene is really amazing :)
vaguener
5 years ago
Tonight i was yhinking about time freezing or heavy slow motion and i remember Kamen Rider Kabuto (in USA Masked Rider with non-japanese actors :( )

The main power of Kabuto is the super speed, and sometimes he just kill everyone really fast but sometimes the time almost freeze, the rain stops, the sakura flowers falling from trees freeze in the air, also the traffic... things like this
asma
5 years ago
hi Andraw
can you pls make a tutorials with the Time Freeze
i like your way of doing this things


thanx
5 years ago
Yeah, wouldn't be bad to explain how to make these kind of freeze time shots and even link them together so it looks like a single smooth camera motion.
nameless
5 years ago
cow! your participation was into it?, i wonder how was it done, can you make some tutorial flawless like that?
Pontus w
5 years ago
I don’t know why my last post doesn’t show, any way, I’m trying again just to post some links about the making of the Swedish looping clown thingy, not tutorials but you might get some insight of their way of working:
http://live.philips.com/index.php/nl_be/video/carousel-the-making-of/22995594001
http://live.philips.com/index.php/nl_be/video/carousel-the-making-of/22995594001
http://live.philips.com/index.php/nl_be/video/carousel-the-making-of/22995594001
http://live.philips.com/index.php/nl_be/video/carousel-the-making-of/22995594001
Take note that they are using motion controls and Flame, or cheating if you want, compared to what Andrew does any way. Tanks and cheers Andrew /Pontus w
blown
5 years ago
Nike
5 years ago
Wow these are some pretty awesome stuff you posted there.
Nice find!
dars
5 years ago
freeze video ! fantazy
vaguener
5 years ago
Why not some Twixtor tutorial? :)

very inspiring scenes... i remember some nice slow motions, resident evil, blade (not too nice), swordfish... The 3rd season when hiro nakamura encounter the speed girl was awesome... the light track, the papers flying around... but when she runs again the time was a lot fake... the normal people move around too fast :(...
Bontempo
5 years ago
Not exactly the same thing, but realy cool freeze effect too. Lots of awesome FX.

Calibrate
http://vimeo.com/3926766

ReVolve
http://vimeo.com/3926766

InVent
http://vimeo.com/3926766
chuckarama
5 years ago
I don't know. The Mega Video left me a bit uninspired. I didn't notice a single lense flare... Lense flares. That's what inspire me these days! When you see a good lense flare, it's like, BAM! You now own it!
5 years ago
Amazing effect! If ur site hadn't been there I just wouldn't have learned VFX. Hey can u tell me how to do they do the limca ad. U can google it and please tell me if its possible in ae or it needs 3d software.
I'm 12 BTW. Please check out this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR6_aXkT3WY my first youtube vid. I know its not so good but its a start
Nik
5 years ago
Does the CSI Freeze scene have a breakdown.
The Carousel one sure does. Here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teoSDTJDjF4&fmt=18
Marton B
5 years ago
I Can't say anything.
This is the best movie that I ever seen...
Amazing, awesome, nice ...
Peter
5 years ago
OMG!!! how can they do such realistic work....!? It's cool!
Ege
5 years ago
I think there is a logical error in the clips. We see a lot of guns firing. We see their muzzle flashes and the bullets. But it's just a moment in time so they all have to be shot at just the same time, which is impossible. Do you agree?
5 years ago
just Amazing! great work ;)
Todd VanSlyck
5 years ago
There's nothing scarier than giant man-eating piranhas and Greg Brady trying to revive his career.
Savos
5 years ago
3 methods
1 - Bullet time ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZh787eKeEw&feature=related )
2-3D max
3-real time + 3D max+Mocha for AE
Kasa
5 years ago
TUTORIAL PLZ!!!!!!!!!!
IT LOOKS SO GREAT :-)
Bob
5 years ago
There were a few great freeze scenes in The Incredibles - lol. Ok, I know it's really not on topic, but I still marvel at the realism achieved by Pixar - from the tiny but effective facial expressions to combining real world physics with the principles of animation to create believable bullets frozen in air. Ok, sorry for the tangent!
5 years ago
OH MY, you really can't see the joins!

My Brain aches just thinking about how to do this.
LukediRago
5 years ago
This is an ad from Sky HD, of some years ago.

It's really cool :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBvKRX7i62M
5 years ago
I lovie this kind of scene.
I think the intro of "Hostage" is also a good example.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQpFlhXJBDo
5 years ago
TUTORIAL PLEASE :)
selvarajan
5 years ago
Hey Andrew twitted abt finishing 3d ledge tut options in - 3dsmax , c4d & AE - this is gonna be a new high
Andrew Tang
5 years ago
Hey Andrew can you make any tutorial about this effect ! I know you make a tutorial before ! Cause I want to know how to freeze in 3d space ! Thank You !
selvarajan
5 years ago
I Second for the time freeze tutorial
5 years ago
i think i can do that with photos :)))
Mudi
5 years ago
Hey Andrew can you make any tutorial on Time Freeze just need idea how to do?

Thanks
5 years ago
every things is cool
Z.B
5 years ago
Intersting Time freeze you have Andrew really cool to, But i really hope you wasn't serious about the Mega Video, that was just lame and whrong :P
Elliot
5 years ago
It's HEROES not Hero's Andrew! :P. Gosh, get it right
treewhisperer
5 years ago
300 and the new sherlockholmes movie have some awesome freezeframe fighting sequences. :)
Superkiro
5 years ago
i have seen 1 like that before i think they used final cut and not AE
Xod
5 years ago
Can you teach me? pleaseeeeee
Cory Offenberger
5 years ago
Do you have any tutorials that show you how to do this? I love this effect and I really want to learn how to do it. I have a youtube channel and I'm new to adobe after effects and I want to learn how to do this to help with making videos. I love your tutorials, I learn so much from them and I have just gotten into the art of video making and it really helps a lot. If you wanna check out my videos go to http://www.youtube.com/user/SugarFreeNubCakes
and again thanks for the awesome tutorials.
Andrew
5 years ago
Hi, I'm from Russia, My name is Andrew.
You make great videos and effects.
and your lessons are good.
Thank you
5 years ago
'Lost in Space" (redux:'98) ! They are forced into the suns gravitation pull and must find a solution or be incinerated~ They then decide to travel light speed through the satellite tearing a hole in space, avoiding certain peril. When they reach maximum velocity there is some bad`ass virtual cinematography action fo sho.
David S
5 years ago
Andrew, how about a tutorial on the opening sequence for Human Target, that is such a great opening effects comp.
Tim
5 years ago
Wow so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 years ago
wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow
thnx for the best Time Freeze videos
5 years ago
amazing - wow - really incredible
Jack
5 years ago
Thanks Andrew, I'm starting a short film now in which I will use time freeze, your stuff will be very helpful! thankyou
Chris Reardon
5 years ago
The TV show "Smallville" had some really nice effects, including some great slow motion and freeze style shots for Clark Kents speed movements :D
rhett
5 years ago
I love the scene in "Big Fish" at the circus where time stops but Ewan Mcgregor moves through the scene.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1b_LHKwL6s
bayda
5 years ago
woooooooow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 years ago
hahahhaha, the mega piranha is LAME, don't tell me u help making it :|
John
5 years ago
Maybe time froze because everyone's muzzle flashes happened to go off at exactly the same time.
5 years ago
Yeah I'm in the process of making something really cool that will probably have effects from video copilot. Thanks Andrew...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wIKXAGqybY
Jakob
5 years ago
Yeah I know " time freeze " has been made but you should do one where the angles change and pan so well
unrendered
5 years ago
I made this not too long ago.....

DEADLAND (FREEZE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b4UuydV3jM
Eric
5 years ago
Nice effects. Very David Fincher on the CSI clip. Nice 3D work.

Carousel has some great roto moments. Love that 3D explosion.

Nice examples! Thanks!
Nolan Beguhl
5 years ago
Wow, impressive. Excuse me for being an amateur, but I cannot wrap my mind around how to do this effect? Can anyone explain in further detail?
Marçal Solé
5 years ago
The Carousel one is clearly better. Absolutely awesome!!!
5 years ago
For those who may have a smaller budget but have good modeling skills, you can try camera mapping just like the way Onesize motion did for a couple of their promos. Check out these clips. Shows a good shot breakdown too. The 3D was done using mostly Cinema 4d and 3D Studio Max.

Playground Fest
http://www.onesize.nl/projects/playgrounds-titles-2009

Justified Promo
http://www.onesize.nl/projects/playgrounds-titles-2009
5 years ago
This 1st video was made for Philips- It's old but truly awesome till today. Link to source and new videos: http://www.cinema.philips.com/?ls=gb_en !!!
Alex
5 years ago
I'm wondering just how exactly they did this.. like what programs and what techniques
5 years ago
thats truly amazing.
5 years ago
Sweet! I will take this as a teaser for a Mega Piranha tutorial!!!
5 years ago
Amazing.. i'm just beginning with AE and your tutorials are a great help to me. Greetz from the Netherlands.
5 years ago
The technology is getting amazing!
Dominik K.
5 years ago
@ maxpd: LOL, the making of looks also like a commercial.
Ricky
5 years ago
wow this is really amazing it would be cool if they showed like a behind the scenes video too
wow... love it... getting some more ideas...
Peter
5 years ago
FxGuide did a episode about the Carousel spot:

http://media.fxguide.com/fxguidetv/fxguidetv-ep057.m4v
bob
5 years ago
ohhh the first one is good!!!!!!
Creative Media
5 years ago
I think you need make " how to do it video " Andrew!!
5 years ago
Hey Andrew you should make a basic tutorial on this ;)


Thanks for the videos! :)
NM2007
5 years ago
Wow! Looks great.
love these kind of effects...plz dont freeze sam for the next tut :op
NiC
5 years ago
Sorry i forget, One good frizze time effect, its the one in that Nickelodeon movie, Timestopers! or something like that!
NiC
5 years ago
Amazing!... also, the best movie ever! besides jaws! ;)
5 years ago
Hi Andrew, If would be interesting if you could go through some of the Freeze effects done in this CSI promo in your tutorial.
:-)
5 years ago
Et bien je sais que tu as toujours des bonnes idées. Que Dieu Vous Bénisse
5 years ago
Not a huge fan of how they transitioned from scene to scene in this one. Other then that it's balls crazy amazing!
Emrico
5 years ago
Omg, hoe it possible make in Ae? :?
Júnior
5 years ago
will have tutorial ? amazing...
5 years ago
This is something that I always want to achieve in After Effects and I know you can use Camera Projection but that is in 2D form. How can you do this in 3D form in after effects?
Jo
5 years ago
I gotta a question..

how this can be so realistic in real time..?
camera trick?
Ari Lieb ben Avraham
5 years ago
That... is COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Pearl
    3 years ago
    I dont know how to make them. Someboby know how to do them ?
maxpd
5 years ago
I think this technique is better then the one of csi.
maxpd
5 years ago
Here the making of of the carousel. Found it an half year ago. Its very interesting to see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0MjC4mh0aw
secret
5 years ago
just a little thing, time freeze, does it count when you capture everyone standing still(so no digital editing etc) and just do it lets called it ''the oldschool way'' ? cus the Phillips one, it is just everyone standing still,the camera going trough and later editing some minor stuff like money,lights,glass reflections...but its not a real ''time freeze'' as we learn it here :P still awesome tho nothing to complain just wanted to point that out!
5 years ago
For some reason i dont like the CSI vid... but the other one was made up of complete AWESOMENESS!!!!
Chillo
5 years ago
Hey,
I found the Carousel Clip a few weeks ago...it is just swesome.
I am not sure, but whats about the "Deja-Vu" Explosion, is it a time freeze?

Greets
JR
5 years ago
this is so awesome !!

i love the first one
5 years ago
Wow, is all I got to say.
5 years ago
WoOOOOOOOOOoW goooood
5 years ago
Ya, that one Jimmy used still photos and camera projection. Definitely amazing.
Jimmy
5 years ago
Awesome find Andrew! Still love that fight scene done in the basket ball arena you linked about a month ago!
Tutorials
146. Fancy Bevels
Create detailed bevels with Element 3D
151. Shockwaves!
Create a powerful shockwave effect without 3rd party tools
Plugins
Stock Footage