Action scenes and explosions and giant movements are amazing. In fact, the only way they can get cooler is if they were in slow motion. Lucky for you, The Slow Mo Guy̵7;s web series does just that. Although the channel is technically considered to be focused on science and technology, it is really more entertaining than anything else.
The Slow Mo Guys channel has almost 14 million subscribers and has all kinds of things filmed in slow motion, from Taekwondo stunts and Molotov cocktails, to flamethrowers and exploding fruit. The boys sacrifice farms, quarries, innocent fruit and sometimes even their own physical health to get the shot.
The members of The Slow Mo Guys, Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy, are friends from the UK. The two met in a grocery store that they both used to work at and tied over Xbox video games.
Dan, a former explosives expert from the British Army, is usually the one who acts as the show’s stuntman, while Gavin is the one who works with the camera. Gavin began working with Phantom digital high-speed cameras that recorded slow-motion scenes for movies such as Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Snow White and the Hunter. He is also a member of Rooster Teeth, where he plays in the Let’s Play game videos and web series Red versus blue.
While some of the series’ shots seem great outside of this world, the show is usually filmed by just the two of them in Gavin’s backyard. The channel has a really impressive amount of content, but most of it is about brilliant chemical or physical reactions. Sometimes colorful elements – such as ink and fireworks – are used to create a beautiful performance, while other times we are left upset by shots of Mother Nature herself, like Iceland’s geysers.
The Slow Mo Guys is strongly inspired by the popular TV series Mythbusters, which puts myths, questions and urban legends to the test (and yes, also sometimes have explosions and destruction). In an interview with ABC News, Free said, “We film a lot of things that are just, ‘Oh, you see it every day,’ but you’ve never seen it so slowly, so it’s very divisible and you do not do what you need. do not even speak English to enjoy a balloon full of water popping up. ”
Although the show focuses on serious science, the boys’ friendship is what really makes the show appealing. Sometimes there are scenarios that none of them are good at, which is always good for a laugh. Other times, it’s watching their genuine reactions to the clips they just took that’s entertaining, or the occasional failed attempt to get a shot (especially the ones Dan falls victim to). And the fact that a single video of Gavin jumping on a giant water balloon has netted over 186 million views proves that slow motion is in fact exactly what the internet wants.
Gavin and Dan have also created a lot of videos in 4K, which, to be honest, are always the first thing I play when I buy a new TV (you know, to make things look good). Also within the channel there are two short series, including Planet Slow Mo and Super Slow Show, both of which are YouTube Originals.
Gavin and Dan do an excellent job mixing frivolous humor and science with serious cool slow motion shots in their bite-sized videos. It’s the perfect type of content to just spend a whole day watching with family and friends. With over 2 billion views since the channel started and a Streamy Award for Cinematography, the success of The Slow Mo Guys is easy to understand.