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The Slow Mo Guys channel has nearly 14 million subscribers and features all sorts of things that are shot in slow motion, from taekwondo stunts and Molotov cocktails to flamethrowers and exploding fruits. The boys sacrifice yards, quarries, innocent fruits, and sometimes even their own physical health to get the shot.
The Slow Mo Guys members Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy are friends from the UK. The two met at a grocery store they’d both worked at and connected through Xbox video games.
Dan, a former British Army explosives expert, is usually the one who acts as the show’s stunt performer, while Gavin is the one who operates the camera. Gavin began working with high-speed phantom digital cameras that like slow motion scenes for movies Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Snow White and the Hunter. He is also a member of Rooster Teeth, where he starred in Let’s Play game videos and the web series Red against blue.
While some of the show’s footage may seem out of this world, the show is usually only shot by the two of them in Gavin’s backyard. The channel has a really impressive variety of content, but most of it is about brilliant chemical or physical reactions. Sometimes colorful elements – like ink and fireworks – are used to create a beautiful show, while sometimes we are impressed with footage of Mother Nature herself, like Iceland’s geysers.
The Slow Mo Guys is heavily inspired by the popular TV show Mythbusterswhat tests myths, questions and urban legends (and yes, also occasional explosions and destruction). In an interview with ABC News, Free said, “We film a lot of things that just look like, ‘Oh, you see this every day,” but you’ve never seen it slow so it’s very divisible and you do Not.” I don’t even have to speak English to enjoy a balloon full of water. “
Although the show focuses on serious science, the boys’ friendship makes the show really attractive. Sometimes there are scenarios where neither is good and which are always good laughs. In other cases, entertaining reactions to the clips they just shot or the occasional failed attempts to get a recording are observed (especially those that Dan falls prey to). And the fact that a single video of Gavin jumping on a giant water balloon received over 186 million views shows that in slow motion everything is exactly what the internet wants.
Gavin and Dan have also created a solid number of videos in 4K which, if I’m honest, are always the first thing I play when I buy a new TV (to make sure things look good). Also within the channel are two short series, including Planet Slow Mo. and The super slow show, both of which are YouTube originals.
Gavin and Dan do an excellent job of combining light-hearted humor and science with seriously cool slow-motion footage in their bite-sized videos. It’s the perfect type of content to spend a full day with family and friends. With over 2 billion views since the station launched and a Streamy Award for Cinematography, The Slow Mo Guys’ success is easy to understand.