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Timelapse, that staple hipsteresque video format that rose to new heights with the rise of YouTube and later Vimeo, tends to overshadow another somewhat underappreciated format: stop-motion video. After a while all timelapses blend into each other, with a languid soundtrack laid over beach/sunset/clouds/buildings/cityscape/people/desert sky/Northern Light vistas. Stop-motion videos  meanwhile, are just a lot more fun as the base is the animation technique, which allows for more creativity and artistic license with the raw material.

Travel videos tend to gorge on the timelapse format, for obvious reasons: the scenery. But a very good and genuinely fun example of stop-motion video shows how it can be used creatively in travel.

A Polish couple who own a professional video firm called Timelapse Media recently traveled through Peru and Bolivia, and created a 1:45 min video of the stop-motion journey through these countries, centered around the main character of the woman featured in the video. Clever, fun, and innovative, all packed into a short bite sized video.

PERU & BOLIVIA | a stop-motion journey from Timelapse Media on Vimeo.
A stop-motion journey through beautiful countries of Bolivia and Peru. If you want to teleport yourself to South America right away, just press PLAY.
LOCATIONS | Arequipa, Chivay, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Huacachina, Ica, Laguna Colorada, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Salar de Uyuni, Solar de Manana geysers, Termas de Polques, Valles de Rocas

MUSIC | Soundroll – “Mexican song”

SHOT & EDIT | Piotr Wancerz


Below, Piotr Wancerz, the creator of this video explains the technique in an interview with an online show RightThisMinute: