Bullet Theory Films

    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…


    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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