Crash testing has undoubtedly played an enormous role in improving vehicle safety over the past four decades.

Researchers from agencies like the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rely on technical data from sensors and film footage to determine how well a car fares in an accident.

But what does it take to get the shots of these spectacular, split-second crashes?

Pini Kalnite, IIHS Director of Film Production and Media Services, shows in the video below how his agency uses a specialized studio – consisting of numerous bright lights and a network of high-resolution digital cameras – to get the still and moving images the IIHS needs to analyze a vehicle’s crashworthiness.

Crushed metal and shards of broken glass never looked so good.

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