American Gods' Slow-Motion Shots Turn Blood and Gore Into Stunning Works of Art

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Starz’s American Gods series isn’t an entirely faithful adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s original novel as much as it’s a distinct piece piece of visual art largely defined by its bold and arresting visuals.


While blood, gore, and battered flesh are some of the more commonly recurring themes that shaped American Gods’ first season, there were other, more subtle aesthetic choices made that set the show’s tone. In his video “Slowing Down The Motion,” cinematographer Zackery Ramos-Taylor highlights a number of the scenes in which American Gods’ action slows down, showing off the pure artistry and attention to detail put into every single one of the shots.

You wouldn’t initially think that a fight scene between a zombie and a horde of cybernetic androids could be described as “beautiful,” and yet, by the end of Ramos-Taylor’s video, you’ll find yourself thinking “Damn. That’s pretty.”


io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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I never read the book but my girlfriend just read it in preparation for the series airing. Every so often while we were watching the show she would say something like, “OK, that whole episode wasn’t in the books!”. Almost every time she pointed this out I would realize that all the things she was saying that about were turning out to be my favorite parts of the show.