AT FIRST, I THOUGHT this timelapse video was some sort of insane art project meant to give me nightmares for the rest of my life. After forcing myself to watch it a few times however, I began to realize just how genius Circle of Abstract Ritual actually is. Nothing in this film is computer-generated — all of the elements appeared naturally, and were seamlessly edited by filmmaker Jeff Frost.

Frost said that the film “took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make.” I admire his vision, and the risks he took to put the film all together, with footage from all over California. It’s not a pretty fast-motion look at Venice’s Grand Canal, or a the Northern Lights in Iceland, but there are plenty of sunsets — just with more violence, and an atonal soundtrack.