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Watch: Time-lapse video of Fargo took filmmakers 4 years to make

There are 20,000 still images in the 4-minute video.

It took four years and 20,000 still images, but Evan Balko and Preston Sternson are finally done with their time-lapse video of Fargo.

Balko got the idea for the video after seeing a time-lapse of New York City, so he and Sternson – along with a grand from The Arts Partnership – set out to make one of their own, Balko wrote in a March 11 Facebook post. (Watch the video below.)

For four years, Balko says they "found ourselves up early, out late, drenched in the rain, frozen in the cold, attacked by mosquitoes, and harassed by drunks. But we also witnessed beautiful sunsets, hard-earned victories, amazing performances, and a new perspective on the place we call home," according to their Facebook post.

The video has been viewed on Facebook more than 12,000 times as of Tuesday morning.

Fargo: A Timelapse

Four years ago, I watched a beautiful timelapse of New York City, and wondered why nobody had done something for Fargo.

Taking matters into my own hands, I grabbed Preston Sternson and we climbed on the roof of the Red Raven one night to figure out how to shoot timelapses.

Over breakfast at the Village Inn, we decided this should be a thing. So we got a grant from The Arts Partnership and got started on this long journey.

Over the next four years, we found ourselves up early, out late, drenched in the rain, frozen in the cold, attacked by mosquitoes, and harassed by drunks. But we also witnessed beautiful sunsets, hard-earned victories, amazing performances, and a new perspective on the place we call home.

After 20,000 stills and hundreds of hours of work, here we are. It's done. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

A big shout out to those who helped along the way: Justin Kavlie, John Eliason, Hannah Balko, Rachel Sternson, Jake Kohl, Grassfire Storytellers

And many thanks for the following organizations for their hospitality: Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Baseball, Fargo Force, The Kiwanis Club of Fargo, Kilbourne Group, North Dakota State Bison, The Red River Zoo, FARGODOME, Folkways, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Hammock Initiative

Posted by Evan Balko on Saturday, March 11, 2017

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