"Whoa." As it turns out Keanu Reeves' character Neo wasn't the only one to get his mind blown seeing what could happen in "The Matrix." When the film debuted in 1999, audiences couldn't wrap their heads over what they were watching. Don't get us wrong, they loved it, but mostly they were still trying to figure out how these amazing concepts were being shown on screen.
Nicknamed "bullet-time," the most well known special effect from the film was a simulation that was used to show objects in ultra-slow motion...in this case the objects were bullets. The technique used is a version of an old school photography technique known as "time-slice," where multiple camera are placed around an object and simultaneously set to shoot. Now when those shots are strung together what follows is a sequence in which audiences are seeing a 2D "slice" of a 3D moment caught on film. Again...whoa.