Screenshot from Brian DeFrees' time-lapse road trip
Armchair Kerouacs, sit up and take heed!
YouTube user Brian DeFrees, who posts under the name DeFreesProductions, is fast on his way to clocking up a healthy 200,000 viewers in a matter of days thanks to an editing feat which has allowed him to condense a two month, cross-country, 12,225-mile road-trip across the USA into five minutes of awesome, and really very beautiful, time-lapse video.
Viewing the piece, one feels like a Magic Tree hurtling toward oblivion, sundry towns, highways and freeways careering toward the screen in a riot of white lines, construction sites, forests, bridges and tunnels. And all to a suitably invigorating alt-rock soundtrack.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, "time-lapse" refers to that technique, most often achieved with dedicated cameras, which allows us to see, for example, flowers blooming, day turning to night, or chicks hatching from eggs at a speed which renders wholly perceptible each otherwise nigh-on-impossible-to-perceive movement or gradation of light.
It also acts as shorthand for "totally alienated" in every music video you've ever seen that has someone standing static before the camera whilst crowds, traffic, people on escalators whiz past at incredible speeds in the background.