When you’re about to propose to the love of your life and you’re the Director of Photography for a motion time-lapse production studio, there’s really only one way to do it. You recruit 10 fellow photographers and plan out a 360 degree stop motion proposal. Andrew Geraci of District 7 Media (known perhaps most prominently for their stunning title sequence to House of Cards) did just that recently when he asked his fiance, Alicia, to marry him in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
We spoke with Andrew to get some insight into how he planned this unique proposal to unfold.
1. Can you go into some of the specifics of the planning that took place?
The planning for the project was a bit tedious. I wanted to get as many photographers as I could to help with the project. Originally I had 20 selected but due to assignments/real world events, I ended up with only 10. I spent a week planning out the routes and positions the photographers needed to stand and then coordinated the entire event over the course of a month. It wasn’t as stressful as I thought It was going to be because I knew I could count on the 10 photographers that I chose.
2. How did you pick the Lincoln Memorial as your location for this to unfold?
The Lincoln memorial wasn’t my first choice, but it ended up being the best choice. I wanted a DC location that could show case as much of DC as possible. Originally I wanted to do it between the WWII and Washington Memorial but the National Park Service had put up fences in the locations we would need to be to capture a 360° circle around the subject (Alicia and I). In the end the Lincoln memorial worked out the best because it had more tourists that our photographers could blend in to and still provided a very lovely background.
3. What experience did you draw from your profession as a time-lapse photographer to achieve this?
My experience as a time-lapse photographer played a large part in the timing of the event. Sunset was scheduled for 4:48pm that day and I wanted to make sure that the proposal happened between 4:00 and 4:15 so the lightning would be optimal. Picking positions for photographers to stand was another crucial part. Although there was a bit of disconnect during the day of the shoot due to extra tourists showing up blocking certain shots, everyone did a wonderful job.
4. What camera were you using for the 360 degree VR view?
For the full 360° VR view we used the Theta S. I had bought it primarily for that particular moment. I only had it for a day before the proposal so I was testing it out like crazy the night before to make sure I knew how to use it correctly. In the end I think it turned out nice and worked really well!
5. Any crazy antics planned for the wedding?
The wedding is still shrouded in mystery right now. I think we’ll be going for a smaller, more intimate setting, so the chances of crazy antics is small (however, I love going over the top, so I’m sure there will be a bit of shenanigans at the actual ceremony).
Big thanks to Andrew for taking the time to speak with us, and congratulations!