HD Nature Shorts

  1. Web: EvosiaStudios.com
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    Twitter: @evosia

    Between heaven and earth exists all living things. Natural forces like light, wind, heat, cold, and water shape our existence just as they have the breathtaking landscapes in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest.

    During rainy season, the moisture turns into fog which flows among the rock formations as if islands of rock and trees were floating in a sea of clouds. And light rain won't do it. You need a downpour. Then, you need to be fast, as the fog doesn't stay around for very long. The right conditions don't happen often but when it does, it is an amazing sight to behold.

    I was lucky to have been able to shoot these conditions for a week. However, the adventure starts before hand. Getting here isn't easy, which is why I didn't see many westerners. It takes an overnight train to get to the closest city, then another 2-3hr drive to the entrance of the park. From there it is an hour or more to get close to the locations. A lot of preparation, luck and patience!

    Music by YongAn Wang: soundcloud.com/wangan0921

    Shot using Canon 1DC and 5D Mk III with Canon 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8L, Nikon 14-24 2.8

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  2. MTJP | Smoky Mountains is a visually stunning journey through Great Smoky Mountain National Park during peak fall color.

    This video is the culmination of two weeks exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We chose Great Smoky Mountains as our second park because of it's extraordinary display of fall colors, it's incredibly diverse wildlife population, and it's importance as the most visited national park in the country.

    To see our Olympic National Park short film visit: vimeo.com/108785446
    To learn more about the More Than Just Parks Project please visit our website: morethanjustparks.com/
    To learn more about the making of this video please visit: morethanjustparks.com/smokymountains
    To learn more about Great Smoky Mountain National Park visit: nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

    100% of your donations go toward making more captivating short films like the one we've already made.

    Facebook: facebook.com/morethanjustparks
    Twitter: twitter.com/MTJParks
    Instagram: instagram.com/morethanjustparks
    Email: morethanjustparks@gmail.com

    Thanks to Alpine Labs for their Radian Motion Time Lapse Device, an essential piece of equipment in the making of this video. All of the rotating shots in this video are thanks to Radian: alpinelaboratories.com/products/radian-motion-time-lapse-device

    Thanks to Dynamic Perception for the Stage One Slider, another essential piece of equipment used in the making of this video. All of the motion sliding in this video was thanks to the Stage One Complete Motorized Slider Bundle: dynamicperception.com/Stage-One-Complete-Bundle-p/bdl-1-cmp.htm

    Special thanks to Fat Moose for the incredible jackets: fatmoose.eu/men/blizzard-black-aw-14-621551760.html

    Special thanks to Fjallraven for the Keb Trousers: fjallraven.us/collections/pants-shorts/products/keb-trousers-regular

    Special thanks to Mountainsmith, Hillsound, Platypus, Super.Natural, and Hydro Flask

    Thanks to Sea Raven Media: searavenmedia.com

    Shot with a BMC Production Camera 4K:
    blackmagicdesign.com/products/cinemacameras

    Shot with a Canon 5D Mark III:
    bhphotovideo.com/c/product/847545-REG/Canon_5260A002_EOS_5D_Mark_III.html

    Music Credit
    Artist: Roberto Cacciapagllia
    Track: Oceano
    Album: Quarto Tempo
    iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/quarto-tempo-fourth-time/id397215482

    Here are a few fun statistics from our trip:
    Crew Members: 3
    Time: 15 days
    Distance: 200mi+
    Photos/Videos: 20,000+
    Digital Memory: 1TB

    Special Thanks to:
    Chris Walker

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  3. For more information and stills gallery, please turn to: erikwernquist.com/wanderers
    (Just in case my website runs slow, here is a link to an imgur album version of the gallery: imgur.com/a/Ur5dP)
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    UPDATE: I don't know what to say, except thank you! And thank you again! For this fantastic and absolutely overwhelming response to this little film. Please excuse me for not being able to reply to you all in person, but I assure you that I read every word you write, and what you say warms my heart. Making this film has been a work of passion, and it is such an invaluable reward to see that it is received with the same kind love, energy and optimism that was put into it. I know I speak for Caj, Cristian, Mikael, Hanna and everyone involved.
    This flood of optimism and appreciation right here will forever be a reminder to me, that the world is full of people who share hopes and dreams of a grand future for humanity - be it on this world or on others.

    Also; I have promised to make the video downloadable, and that will happen shortly. I just need to make a few updates to the end credits before I do that. So, please hang on.
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    Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
    Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

    CREDITS:
    VISUALS - Erik Wernquist - erik@erikwernquist.com
    MUSIC - Cristian Sandquist - cristiansandquist@mac.com
    WORDS AND VOICE - Carl Sagan
    COLOR GRADE - Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film - caj@beckholmenfilm.se
    LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY - Mikael Hall/Vidiotism - mikael@vidiotism.com
    LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE - Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
    VOCALIST - Nina Fylkegård - nina@ladystardust.se
    THANK YOU - Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs, Hanna Mellin

    THIS FILM WAS MADE WITH USE OF PHOTOS AND TEXTURES FROM:
    NASA/JPL, NASA/CICLOPS, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)

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    From meandering streams and forest-dwelling organisms to the grandeur of high mountains above tree-line, this short film wanders through the contrasting wilderness of Alaska, North Carolina, Georgia and California.

    WANDERMENT is the result of a 12-month collection of 4K time-lapse sequences captured while backpacking. Countless miles of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and adventurous backpacking in California and Alaska provided no shortage of opportunity to capture the planet’s poetry in motion. Further juxtaposing these contrasting landscapes is the use of both color and black and white techniques throughout the film. Each time-lapse sequence, comprised of hundreds of still images, represents a chance to share these reflective moments far away from urban epicenters. It offers a simple reminder to step outside with your friends and family to experience and respect nature first-hand.

    Produced by The Upthink Lab [Atlanta, Georgia] - upthink.tv/timelapse
    Cinematography & Direction by Doug Urquhart
    In-studio Funghi Cinematography by Doug Urquhart and Erik Huber
    Film Score by Curtis Schweitzer - curtisschweitzer.com/
    Color Correction & Editing by Doug Urquhart

    High five to all my friends who shared the path less traveled and hauled extra equipment along the way:
    Karen Urquhart, Guy Thorsby, Chris McClure, Greg Gunter

    A majority of this film was shot using a 3D printed motion control dolly by Doug Urquhart. For more info about printing your own version of this dolly, check out: youmagine.com/designs/ultralight-pet-timelapse-motion-control-dolly

    Motion Control by eMotimo.com / DynamicPerception.com / dragonframe.com

    Follow along: instagram.com/upthink

    Mycology Support by Steven Bell, @ 5thkingdom.com

    Special Thanks to:
    Erik Huber, Brad Ballard and Sweetwater Creek State Park, Meghan J. Ward, Jim & Margi Urquhart, Brian Burling, Jay Burlage, Fred Beal, K2 Aviation, Seward Helicopters, Rylan Hayes, Instructables, Ultimaker, Shapeways, i Materialise, Joe Stock and Dan Oberlatz, Nimia.com

    Equipment used: Canon 6D, Canon 5D3, Canon T3i running Magic Lantern (3+ month solarCam, underwater control), Samyang Cine Primes (14,24,35,85), Canon 70-200, eMotimo TB3, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero & One, Custom 3D printed motion control gear (powered by eMotimo code) to reduce weight for backpacking, custom focus stacking technique via Dragon Frame (we hope to see this as a real feature in a future release), Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, LRTimelapse, and quality gear from Western Mountaineering, REI, The North Face and Outdoor Research.

    For licensing inquires, please contact doug -at- upthink.tv
    You can also check out our growing footage library on Nimia: app.nimia.com/profile/upthinklab/

    Thanks for watching!

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  5. Experience a visual and narrative odyssey of the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48 states.
    Produced, written, and directed 2014 by Uncage the Soul Productions uncagethesoul.com

    For additional details and a photo gallery, visit uncagethesoul.com/news/requiem-of-ice/

    We would like to give acknowledgement and thanks to our industry partners who supported this passion project:
    Aerial Technology International aerialtechnology.com
    Pro Photo Supply prophotosupply.com
    CamBlock camblock.com
    Dedo Lights dedolight.com

    Located on the west face of Mt Hood, The Sandy Glacier Cave system is made up of two large caves, Snow Dragon and Pure Imagination, that extend deep into the glacier. A project a year in the making, ‘Requiem of Ice’ reveals the dramatic melting and collapsing of the cave system that has been occurring since its discovery around a decade ago.

    The cave systems have been mapped and surveyed since 2011 by Brent McGregor and Eddy Cartaya of the Oregon High Desert Grotto and in that time they have discovered more than a mile of caves and passages beneath the Sandy Glacier. McGregor and Cartaya’s exploration of the cave system was featured in a 2013 multimedia presentation produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting. opb.org/glaciercaves/

    Find out more about McGregor and Cartaya's ongoing exploration of glacier caves. facebook.com/glaciercaveexplorers

    Since October, 2013, John Waller and Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions have made five trips to the Sandy Glacier Caves on Mt Hood, the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48 states, documenting the extraordinary deterioration and collapse of these stunningly beautiful caves. The resulting short film takes the viewer on a visual odyssey of the cave system, showing the massive scale, as well as the intimate details. Waller and Canales scripted an artistic narrative interpretation of the final thoughts of the glacier cave to accompany the time-lapse, high speed, and aerial footage that was produced.

    It is one of the most challenging environments to film in. Not only does its remote location mean hauling hundreds of pounds of equipment high up on the slopes of Mt Hood, but once inside the cave, the wet, cold, dark, and dirty conditions create a myriad of complications. There was a staggering amount of structural collapse and rockfall that was observed and managing risk while filming was a top priority.

    Music: 'Death of a Quiet One' by Lowercase Noises licensed through themusicbed.com

    Requiem of Ice narrated by Tish Iceton tishiceton.com

    My end is near.
    Time will shape my legacy.

    [Requiem of Ice]

    For ages this sentinel mountain has shadowed me.
    Together, we have shaped the land to our design.

    I speak the language of water and air
    My breath twists and curls across the mountain summit.
    I dream into ponds of fog
    that splash and flow across the hillsides.
    I flush with color at the promise of a new day.
    But I feel the fragile balance shifting… 

    The whispering trickle of summer teardrops
    becomes a roar of my departing spirit.
    Water drips and seeps into open veins
    through scalloped tunnels of time.
    I am tortured with roots to a mountain that can no longer sustain me.
    I feel weak.

    I look inward.
    The artists of wind, water and light
    each carve in me their signature.
    My thirst is not for lack of water,
    And winter’s crystals left at my feet are not enough
    I retreat deeper into the shadow of the mountain
    What will become of me?

    I look skyward.
    The sun arcs across a blue expanse
    and peers into me from the edge of earth
    I am illuminated from within by an extraordinary light.
    I have no shelter from its relentless heat
    It is the light that accents my beauty.
    It is the light that will consume me.

    I welcome the cold blanket of darkness.
    The canvas of stars cools my scalded facade.
    Through ceiling eyes I converse with the sweeping heavens.
    But the night has begun to flicker with a new yellow flame,
    Cold nights now warm and the voice of stars fade.
    I feel alone.
    What will become of me?

    My strength ebbs as the fragile gift of life departs.
    With cautious welcome,
    I invite the intrepid seeker to share my story.
    I remind you of the raw code of Nature. 
    Despite my open door, I cannot promise your safety 
    Leave no words unsaid about the elation of a life well lived.
    Take with you the memory of our visit
    and smile when you think of me.

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