Watch typical Brooklyn scenes in super slow-mo

8 Hours in Brooklyn from Next Level Pictures on Vimeo.

Ever wonder what getting tattooed looks like in ultra slow motion? Me neither. But thanks to some clever Brooklyn-based filmmakers, you can now watch it at 2,500 frames-per-second. Next Level Pictures‘ Jonathan Bregel took a Phantom Flex camera (familiar to TV-addicts as the camera that gets all that crazy slow-motion footage of the world’s fastest animals on the National Geographic channel) for a Sunday skateboard ride around Brooklyn. “I was DP-ing a commercial on a Saturday, but we technically had it for two days,” Bregel told me. “Clearly I couldn’t just let it sit there. My buddy, Mike Sutton from Rule Boston Camera, let us take it out the second day and we had some fun.”

Over the course of an eight-hour day in Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Dumbo, the Flex, which shoots a staggering 2,500 frames-per-second (a typical camera shoots only 24), captured mesmerizing images of subway break dancers, basketball games, skateboarders, even the quintessentially Brooklyn moment of kids playing in a busted fire hydrant-all slowed down reveal details imperceptible to the human eye.

“These cameras are used to do a lot of cheesy things,” says Bregel. “Exploding water balloons and all that. But I wanted to try using it for something new and real. I wanted to capture real culture and real emotion in a unique way.”

For Bregel, finding those raw moments has been a lifelong project. “In high school I started out doing photo, but that just wasn’t cutting it,” he says. “You can do more with video, and for me it’s about telling the true stories. My whole goal is to tell stories that can help make the world a better place.”

While I don’t think watching a guy do a one-handed backflip in slow motion has inched us any closer to Nuclear disarmament, it’s definitely making my neighborhood seem a lot cooler.