Splice Boys light graffiti
We never get tired of seeing new and innovative ways of using light painting, which is why we were blown away by this stunning, Matrix-esque video created by the ‘Splice Boys’ Bullet Time Crew. Instead of waxing lyrical about its brilliance (you just want to watch the thing, after all) we thought we’d let the gents behind it tell us what it took to create such impactful, mind-blowing imagery. The Splice Boys’ Richard Kendall talks us through the process.

The recently formed ‘Splice Boys’ Bullet Time crew set up in January 2012, with their first major shoot being for Land Rover China. The front boy’s are Tom Brandon and Richard Kendall.

A quick rundown of what we setup for every shot: 96 Digital SLR cameras, 96 heads with custom-made rigging and triggering system, 24 tripods, six PCs, one Mac and about a kilometre of assorted cabling.

As this was a experiment and basically there was one day from conception to shoot, we kept it simple and used lights that were quickly accessible. Basic torches, sparklers, laptop screens, Party Lighting, small camera flashlights, Glow Sticks, LEDs.

In the light painting video we were using 30 second long exposures in a darkened studio, basically that length time is enough to quickly illustrate with our light sources, but with even longer exposures more detailed light painting could be achieved. For the Strobe flash light shots we pulsed them at various intervals, some as little three flashes up to 50 flashes in three seconds.

We want to do much more experimenting – things like the delay between every image can really emphasise certain aspects of a movement. So much of what is done with these rigs has been done to death, but no one wants to shake up the system or experiment – that’s why we’re different.

We don’t have preconceived or entrenched ideas of what you should or rather what you shouldn’t do with these rigs. They are so adaptable, especially the way in which we have created our system, that they can be used for just about anything. Yes, we can create real art and not just advertising or blockbuster effects.

Check out the video below: