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Video: This Wild Time-Lapse Of A Buzzing L.A. Took 2 Years To Make

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A new time-lapse video stunningly captures the beauty of Los Angeles' dizzying buzz.

The video compilation by videographer Vadim Tereshchenko reveals sweeping views of Los Angeles using moving time-lapse photography. The technique, which Tereshchenko refers to as hyperlapse, shows super accelerated views of a variety of L.A.'s iconic locations over the course of many hours. Using the high-speed tracking shots, the footage pans and zooms across parts of the city and creates wild transitions from one part of town to the next with the help of clever editing.

While most of the video only focuses on certain areas like downtown L.A., Hollywood and the Santa Monica pier, we still get a great sense of the city's energy at many different times of day. Filmed over the two years since he moved to L.A. from Vladivostok, Russia, Tereshchenko explains the time, patience and passion required to take on such a project on his Vimeo page, "I spent a lot of time scouting for locations, waiting for the perfect conditions, and catching the beauty of the city." He also explains that many of the techniques and tricks—which make for a captivating ride—were impressively self-taught. He tells LAist, "Hyperlapse allows me to show the long processes like a sunrise, sunset or transition from day to night in a very short time, and in a very spectacular and stunning way." He also told us that he nearly got robbed several times while filming.

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For the soundtrack to the hyperlapse video, Tereshchenko uses a remix by electronic duo Odesza of Pretty Light's song "One Day They'll Know." Full of pulsing beats and choral swells, the tune offers an energy that is both soaring and stuttering, which complements the footage—which feels like a remix itself—wonderfully.

So, while last week's impressive drone video was a bit more a meditative approach to seeing the Los Angeles from new perspectives, this time around we treated to a fun and frenetic approach of a sunny and bustling L.A.