Photographer Sriram Murali traveled to 10 different locations, in multiple countries, to capture this stunning time-lapse video of starry skies. In a Q&A, Sriram let HLN in on his production methods and the philosophy behind his shoot.
HLN: Where was this video shot? How many sites did you shoot?
Sriram Murali: (I) shot over 11 nights and one day (with two cameras) in various locations(total 10) in CA, AZ, HI and Kenya. Over 40 hours out in the dark and 5,000 photos.
HLN: How was this time-lapse edited together?
Murali: Over 5,000 images (40 hrs of footage) were processed in Adobe Lightroom and the video was put together in Adobe Premiere Pro.
HLN: What inspired you to do this project?
Murali: I made this film to express my passion and thoughts towards astronomy and the night skies.
HLN: What do you want viewers to take away from watching your film?
Murali: In the giant scale of the Universe, we are all one and the same. Let us get lost in the majesty of this Universe and be pleasant and forgiving to one another.
HLN: Anything else you'd like to add?
Murali: People don't realize that the stars are what unites us. From this vantage point, the Earth, the cosmos throws a show in such seamless fashion every night that's beyond us; as though we stood still. We seem to develop and progress as humankind, but have we lost our sense of place in the Universe by entangling ourselves in a web of rules and systems we live by? As I fly in space among billions of stars and galaxies, I wonder what we'd be if we started afresh.