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WINNER - Best Documentary - Atlanta Shortsfest - Atlanta, GA, USA
WINNER - Best Cinematography - Dixie Film Festival - Athens, GA, USA
WINNER - Best Documentary Short - Asheville Cinema Festival - Asheville, NC, USA
FINALIST - Banff Mountain Film Festival - Banff, Alberta, Canada
FINALIST - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Vancouver, BC, Canada
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Banff Mountain Film Festival - WORLD TOUR 2012 / 2013

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Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an experimental short documenting the life of the alpine landscape through time-lapse photography. In an effort to highlight the wildness of these mountain places and how they have inspired explorers of the past, present and future, sequences were painstakingly gathered from exposed summits; by glacial lakes; and under aurora-filled skies.

Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape. Dramatic peaks, crumbling glaciers, surging rivers and frozen waterfalls come alive with intense detail.

Weaving throughout the film are reflections of an early mountaineer, who is deeply moved by his own encounter with the mountains and the revelations of explorers who have come before him. “What is this power that lures me upwards, into the unknown,” he wonders, “that pulls me deeper, despite snow, wind and exhaustion?”

Made on a shoestring budget and with entirely volunteer hours, the film brought together artists from two vastly different parts of North America - Banff, Alberta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Strangers at the start, the film team developed strong friendships over the course of production and were united by their common goal of capturing the beauty and essence of a place that inspires them every day.

This 100% human-powered film combines time-lapse photography with an original story and musical score to bring the landscape center-stage and offers a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world.

"We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were new to us, and with hearts open. Who shall distinguish?" – J. Monroe Thorington

Release update: MiM finished post-production in July 2012. The film will be making a journey through the festival circuit before a public release. We'll post new updates on our Facebook page soon.

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A short by Doug Urquhart & Paul Zizka.
Principal time-lapse cinematography by Doug Urquhart & Paul Zizka
Original score by Michael Wynne
Written by Meghan J. Ward
Pioneer played by Guy Thorsby
Narration by Brian Bremer
Additional Time-lapse by Rogier Gruys, Dan Evans, Yuichi Takasaka

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Gear list: Canon 7D, 5DI & II, REBEL 400D (SolarCam)
Various canon glass including 14mm 2.8, 24mm 1.4, 70-200, 10-22EFS, 17-55EFS
B+W 6 & 10 stop ND, polas & Cokin grad NDs
Motion control: Dynamic Perception
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