Bullet Theory Films

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Bullet Theory Films is a motion picture production company based in Los Angeles, that specializes in high speed cameras, specifically in the firearms industry. Their bread and butter is capturing live rounds zooming through the air, and their impacts on targets. However they also showcase their work that deals with the actual firearm during loading, firing, and ejecting. They’ve captured everything from M1 Garands, precision rifles, to full auto MP5s and M4s. Pretty neat stuff if you ask me, and very well put together. One of their newest collection of reels is going around Facebook at the moment, and I couldn’t find it on their Youtube channel, so I’ll just upload it directly in here. Their main work has been slow motion capture for advertisements from companies in the industry, in addition to doing the slow motion photography for Top Shot.

Bullet Theory Films is a Los Angeles based production company that specializes in capturing what the human eye cannot.  Slow motion cinematography has become ubiquitous in today’s modern filmmaking  to record fast phenomena for the purpose of product marketing, analysis, R&D or just plain fun.

Bullet Theory Films Co-Founders Matt Novello and Matt Drake first met on the set of History Channel’s highly successful competition reality show TOP SHOT. Throughout five seasons, the show set a benchmark in the art of capturing firearms and live ammunition in action, which has yet to be surpassed.

Utilizing the latest digital high speed technology, Bullet Theory Films offers a full range of production services; from concept development, to the final delivery of your vision.

Almost more interesting than the rounds in mid-air, is the working of the bolts and the resulting sequences that come from the firearm order of operations. You can clearly see unburnt powder coming out of the MP5s barrel, as well as the blow back operation in full force with the remnants of gunpowder in the chamber. You can also see all the minuscule movement that is going on within the slides, actions, pins, and locking levers, that would otherwise have been impossible to spot with the naked eye. The use of corresponding soundtrack to their clips isn’t too shabby either…


Miles Vining

Former Infantry Marine and currently studying at Indiana University in Bloomington. I’m an avid shooter, you’ll find me most at home picking apart an interesting rifle or pistol. When not receiving horrible results at Steel Challenge competitions, I’m busy learning obscure languages, cycling long distance, and getting outdrunk by the English. I’ve written for Small Arms Review/Small Arms Defense Journal, Combat & Survival magazine, Forgotten Weapons, and a random Chinese small arms magazine that copied one of my articles. But that still counts right? Feel free to contact me at miles@tfb.tv, I really love the interaction between us and the readers, it makes all the late nights worth it.


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  • JimBobble

    Would love to see this used on polymer tipped bullets…I want to see the tip deform from friction as ostensibly corrected by Hornady’s new ELD projectiles.

    • ostiariusalpha

      The deformation doesn’t instantaneously happen when the polymer-tipped bullet exits the muzzle. You’d need a little camera on another bullet shot in close parallel to capture any video of the tip melting in flight.

      • Giolli Joker

        …a little camera on another bullet shot in close parallel…
        That sounds super-cool.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Also had a bullet theory.

    • USMC03Vet

      Confirmed. Jumpifnotzero was the shooter on the grassy knoll!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I thought it was Newman.
        NEWMAN!

        • ostiariusalpha

          Pfft, that’s obviously Officer Don.

  • FrenchKiss

    Yes, slowing down really fast moving objects is very cool.

    BTW, I can’t believe how much gas squeezes out between the forcing cone and the cylinder on a revolver! That was awesome.

  • mrsatyre

    I realize that this is a “firearms not politics” page, but I can’t help but wonder what exactly (if anything) companies like this are facing legally every time CA passes some new hoplophobic restriction on law-abiding citizens? The most recent laws being suggested certainly don’t seem to make any allowances for companies such as this one. And articles by LEOs in CA on the baffling wording and application of those loony laws would suggest that movie studios and the arms manufacturers and armories and firearms advisors, et al, are all theoretically at risk all the time of all being rounded up and sent to prison.

    • Reef Blastbody

      That one’s easy-peasy: all these laws restricting firearms and related paraphernalia; standard capacity magazines, suppressors, etc, have explicit carve outs for companies in the motion picture production industry.

      Stephen Spielberg is an avid anti-gunner, and he has one of the largest collection of registered FA weapons in the US, in CA, where NFA items are more or less unobtanium for the regular citizen. This is because they’re owned by his production company, and used in movies. He or any guests he’s entertaining can arrange for a range day with pieces from the collection too, naturally.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    This is glorious. I haven’t been this excited to go shooting in a long time.

  • Audie Bakerson

    But do they have high speed camera footage of shot?