Some high speed film tests shot for Southern Illinois University Carbondale's cinematography class. We used a Photon IV high speed camera that shoots double perf 16mm film, 7218 Kodak 500T, at speeds up to 5,000 frames a second. These particular tests were done at 1,000 to 2,000 frames a second. The first part is a 20oz bottle of diet coke with a mentos thrown into it. The second is a set of lips blowing rasberries. The film stock was old, outdated and cheap and therefore has a loss of both sharpness and exposure- but you can still tell what it going on. The camera is a tech camera, used for experiments, and it was very hard to load. It requires 11 tension releasing sprockets and the usual feed and take up reels. The pressure plate was a small flap and to look through the camera a special prism had to be put in place and looked through, which was somewhat inaccurate. Film has to be loaded after framing, which means that you have to load in broad daylight under a tent. Very tedious but the results are fun. The camera operates like a chain saw, running the film through very fast, momentary really. It takes a while to get to speed, and with 50ft spools its really over before it starts. All in all, it's just a different experience.
Filmed by Jason Zenz, Wei Zhang, Sam Ambler, and Evan Kimball. Lips provided by Evan Kimball.

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