Monument Valley is one of those places you must visit when touring the SW of the USA. It is a very spiritual place, peaceful yet breathtaking in it's beauty. It is world famous for it's portrayal in early western cinema, and highly significant for it's inhabitants from the Navajo nation whom still live in the valley today.

This short film is a story in two halves. First you will join me as we greet the sunrise on a back country tour. The music for this part was played by our tour guide, Larson Homer on his native Indian flute. The second half was filmed from one of the valleys vantage points at "The View" hotel inside the Navajo Nation. It shows mother nature's changing moods in a series of time-lapses, juxtaposing the seemingly immovable rock against the ever changing sky.

I wish to say a special thank you to Navajo Spirit Tours ( who agreed to still run my sunrise tour despite mine being the only booking. My time at Monument Valley was very limited, and this was almost my only opportunity to see the inside of the valley. Thank you also to my guide, Larson, who permitted me to capture his haunting flute as the perfect backdrop to this piece.

The Technical:
Camera: Sony HDR-HC9 HDV Handycam
Tripod: Gorilla Pod + Manfroto 190CLB
Post Production: Adobe Premiere CS5 + Mercalli V2 Stabilisation

Native Indian Flute - Played by Larson Homer - His own Composition
Used with permission from the performer

"Past Tense" by Frozen Silence - from the album "Heart of Winter"
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