Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies

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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
WINNER – Best Cinematography – ColdSmoke Awards Film Festival – Bozeman, MT
WINNER – The People’s Choice Awards – ColdSmoke Awards Film Festival – Bozeman, MT
WINNER – Best Experimental Film – Honolulu Film Awards – Hawaii, USA
WINNER – Best Documentary Short – Asheville Cinema Festival – Asheville, NC, USA
WINNER – Best Documentary – Atlanta Shortsfest – Atlanta, GA, USA
WINNER – Best Cinematography – Dixie Film Festival – Athens, GA, USA

The full, unedited music sound track to Mountains in Motion. 36 minutes of continuous music for your listening pleasure. Check it on Soundcloud, spread the love!

Banff World Tour Info:

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an award-winning short film 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, time-lapse sequences were patiently 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. 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 advanced 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.

Photography by Doug Urquhart ( & Paul Zizka (
Original Music by Michael Wynne (
Original Story by Meghan J. Ward (
Motion control made possible by
Voice Talent – Brian Bremer
Pioneer – Guy Thorsby

Shot on 5D, 7D, T3i, 400D, EPIC
Glass: Canon 14mm f2.8 , 24mm f1.4, 17-40mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8, 10-22mm EF-S, 17-55 f2.8 EF-S, PL Zeiss 16mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 28mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 50mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 85mm T2.1

Motion-Control: Stage Zero, Stage One (beta), Orion Tele-Track Pan/Tilt

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, LRTimelapse (got a hold of this in the final hours of post, unfortunately it didn’t see much use), Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro

BTS Photos:

Details about our solarCam / deep time-lapse sequences:

Mountains in Motion is an side-project in collaboration with

Thanks for watching.”