Tilt shift photography is a method for shooting scenes in a manner that suggests table-top miniaturization. Partly, it’s the narrow depth-of-field and, partly, it’s that the narrow depth-of-field (the stuff that’s in focus) is not perpendicular to the plane of view — it’s “tilted” and can shift as the camera does (a process that can be simulated via digital post-processing. The boat chase scene in The Social Network supposedly employs it).
Anyhoozie, if all my research just sounds like gibberish to you, don’t let that stop you from checking out this video record of the 2011 Coachella Music Festival and see that tilt shift can look mighty wonderful when combo’d with time-lapse. If the people running around like ants gets boring, shift forward to the nighttime sequence starting around 2:32 — some truly stunning, pulsing visuals.