'Nightvision' shows Europe's spectacular architecture after dark

A short film provides a breathtaking moving timelapse starring some of the finest buildings in Europe. It's safe to say you won't regret watching this visually stunning video.

Christopher MacManus
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An image of the Berliner Dom, one of the many fantastic sights seen in "Nightvision." Luke Shepard

Have you ever seen Europe's magical architectural masterpieces? If you've never viewed any of these buildings, or maybe seen just a few, an amazing video called "Nightvision" gives you the visual tour of a lifetime. The short film bounces between astounding nighttime views of monuments such as the towering Colosseum in Rome and the Tower Bridge in London.

After raising nearly $20,000 on Kickstarter for "Nightvision," Director Luke Shepard and Assistant Director Henry Farrow Miller spent three months photographing 36 cities in 21 European countries. Their goal? Create an inspirational exploration of European buildings, monuments, and landmarks in a new and unique way.

To get around, Shepard and Miller made use of a 90-day Eurail train pass, and fought weather, time, and Eurail pass restrictions along the way.

Equipped with a Canon 5D Mark III dSLR and a gaggle of Zeiss and Canon lenses, the team shot more than 20,000 photos, which were whittled down and compiled into 27 image sequences seen in the final cut (Shepard is quick to point out that they captured 47 sequences, however). The duo used Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Bridge for the heavy-duty digital work.

Can you name all of the buildings seen in the artsy flick? Here's a helpful tip to start you off: the first three are the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and Philharmonie Luxembourg. If you can't name them all, then Shepard's Web site describes the rest. Which buildings tickled your fancy?