The approach we are pursuing for watching the motions of proteins in real time involves high-speed observations with an electron microscope. While electron microscopes excel at recording atomic-resolution images of proteins, they are currently not fast enough to capture protein motions, which typically occur on a timescale of microseconds to milliseconds. Our approach to making this possible is to generate short and bright flashes of electrons, short enough to capture a crisp image of a protein during its fast movement and bright enough to obtain an image with sufficient contrast. In the last year, we have established a method for generating such electron pulses. It involves briefly heating a so-called Schottky emitter, a type high-brightness electron source, to high temperatures by illuminating it with a laser pulse. This heats the tip, from which electron emission occurs, to high temperatures, significantly higher than the emitter would ordinarily be able to withstand, and thus boosts electron emission for a duration of microseconds to milliseconds. We have shown that the electron pulses we thus obtain are able to capture atomic-resolution snapshots of the dynamics of nanoscale objects as they undergo rapid transformations and that these snapshots provide sufficient contrast to image proteins. We have thus established a key ingredient for our endeavor. Moreover, the technology we have developed opens up a range of new possibilities for high-speed observations of atomic-scale transformations.