Status: 4 volunteers so far!
Concept: Start on the east coast of the US. When sunset peaks, start taking frames of the video while moving west at a speed that keeps the apparent angle of the sun in the same position almost below the horizon. End at the west coast.
Desired Outcome: A time lapse video of colorful clouds shooting overhead, more beautiful than fireworks.
Purist Issues: It needs to be the same sunset on the same day. It will require hundreds of volunteers to take a short high quality video all on the same day, at the same time, at the same angle. Each person in a different physical location according to a time line map.
Concept Oversimplified: Cameras set up in many locations on a line across the US, each take a picture at the right time, then each frame is pasted together to make a video chasing the sunset. The problem with that is I have this gut feeling it would make a horrible video, looking like a bunch of random pictures flipping by.
The Solution: Virtual Time Manipulation.
Each location takes a video of the sunset. I tediously go through each video to pick the most appropriate frames that best match the previous and next locations. I can also add or subtract frames to slow down or speed up to the next locations to get the best lighting. The result is not a consistent virtual speed over the ground, but a fluctuating speed that captures the best overall scene over all the locations.