Time-lapses of Manhattan are nothing new, but this new one called “Midtown” from District 7 Media is particularly enamoring. Sure, it’s shot very well: bright lights, vibrant colors, familiar city sounds pulsating in the background. But perhaps it’s the focus on the one section of Manhattan that many of its residents despise—and even more of its foreign tourists dreamt about for years—that reels you in for a two-minute, 43-second escape.
The man who led the production is Andrew “Drew” Geraci, a Washington, D.C.-based cinematographer who specializes in motion time-lapses and produced the opening sequence for House of Cards. In the description of the video, which was released on Wednesday, he mentions the cameras (four Canon 5D Mark IIIs), the lenses (two Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 IIs, a Canon 24-105mm f/4 and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II) and the slider gear (two of the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero with upgraded stepping motors). That impressive setup captured more than 50,000 still frames shot over the course of six months.
This time-lapse made such an impact on Vimeo that it was designated a “Staff Pick,” and it’s easy to see why. If you’re sitting at an office in Midtown, watch this then go outside. If you’re outside Manhattan, plan a trip. If you can’t leave yet, press replay and sink into the city that never sleeps. Then check out these three others: