There is little doubt who are Croatia’s timelapse masters, and Canon Hrvatska ambassadors Mario Romulic and Drazen Stojcic showed us how to make one of their magical timelapses in an official Canon Hrvatska video on April 27, 2017.
They have been described in the national media as the best tourism promotion of Croatia ever, and they are certainly among the most stunning.
The Osijek Maestros, Mario Romulic and Drazen Stojcic, have been producing award-winning timelapse videos about Croatia which have left their audiences breathless, videos which have gone truly global with millions of views, and brought the beauty of Croatia into the remotest parts of the planet. Hvar into the Storm, Misty Motovun, Nocturno (for Krka National Park) and Timelapse Croatia – these are just some of the 3-4 minute videos which they have produced which demonstrate why they are the market leaders.
But how easy is it to make a timelapse?
That is a different story…
As I explained in a Google News article for Canadian site Digital Journal, when I first wrote about them five years ago, the effort put in to the production is astonishing – and time-consuming. Timelapse Croatia, for example, took over a year of photographing, with some 700,000 photos reduced to 150,000 which comprised the final video version.
Many is the time on Hvar that I have had a drink with Mario on the main square in Jelsa, and he has had one eye on the sky above, where clouds might be forming.
“I have to go. This is perfect for timelapse. See you tomorrow.” And he would emerge the next day, having spent the whole night shooting on a remote hillside on Hvar. Take a moment to imagine what must have gone into producing Hvar into the Storm, a video which has been viewed over 4 million times, and was the official video of Croatia’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant last year.
My favourite? Nocturno, the latest release, from National Park Krka, a project which took THREE years.
Incredible stuff, and they deservedly won awards for Misty Motovun.
So how do they do it? Meet the guys and enter their timelapse world, with the lens pointing the other way. Sadly, the video is in Croatian, but well worth watching any way. True professionals – or better to say, artists – at work.