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Drew Geraci, The King of Time Lapse

House of Cards Intro

Time-lapse is a process halfway between video and photography. This is a technique in which frequency at which film frames are captured is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. 

American artist, Drew Geraci is particularly popular, he even recieved a call by Netflix to work on the now famous intro of the series, House of Cards, released in 2013.

Drew Geraci : Timelapse Cinematographer from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

House of Cards Main Title Sequence from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

His time-lapses are quite satifying to witness. The chosen angles and camera movements are perfectly managed, the treatment of light at different times of the day allows to for the appriciation of the evolution of time in a smooth and pleasant way. The beauty of a cinematographer's time-lapse videos, as he defines himself, is also in the incredible landscapes he chooses to photograph.

Rising China from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

A major detail we tend to forget about when its come to time-lapse is the music! We all know by now the importance of music in a Cinmatic Film. Music brings the drama and emotion to the film. Therefore, the music chosen by Drew Geraci to accompany his videos are always relevant. Their rhythm corresponds to that of the video and the instruments subtly evoke the places in which the images are shot. For example, in the video Rising China, the music is an adaptation of the soundtrack of the film Interstellar including some Asian sounds. 

What is most interesting about Geraci's work is that he is extremely varied. He has us traveling to the vast landscapes of New Zealand or to the small oppressive rooms of an abandoned asylum. Even more impressive, the time-lapse showing the ultra-complex and colorful activity inside the human body at a microscopic scale. When faced with such talent, words are meaningless and its what you see and feel that matter. Set back, relax and admire the work. 

Structure: A Microscopic Landscape in 4k from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

Asylum from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

MIDTOWN from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

Acacia: South Africa from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

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