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Mountain Film Release: Land of Emperors

July 18, 2016


Film by Doug Urquhart/The Upthink Lab

In a landscape as immense as the Canadian Rockies, it takes a human figure to help set the scale. In the LAND OF EMPERORS, the mountains rule. And while humans may appear tiny and insignificant, their experience venturing into that landscape is far from meaningless. The journey promises new perspective. From the striking geometry of precipitous peaks forming Canada’s hydrological divide to the vastness of retreating icefields and glaciers, it can be an inspiring experience for anyone wandering through this region. This short film reminds us of the striking beauty of the Canadian Rockies and our place, as humans, within those magnificent peaks.


For the best viewing experience, please watch in 1080 or 4K resolution.

Shot in the beautiful mountain parks of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Primary locations include Kananaskis Country, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kootenay National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park. To comply with current regulations, the quadcopter was not operated within the national parks. (Oh, if you’re looking for the top quadcopters under 100 dollars – check out more reviews there.)

Cinematography and Editing by Doug Urquhart (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) –

This short film was produced during a trip to Neil Colgan Hut in 2015 (July 3-7, 2015) and a second trip the following year to go backpacking around Berg Lake and surrounding areas (July 1-8, 2016).

Thanks to all my friends who shared the trail along the way. Appearances by Crowfoot Media team members, Paul Zizka, Meghan J. Ward, and Dee Larosa, as well as Karen Urquhart, Lukas Prochazka, Tony Larosa, Nick Fitzhardinge and Doug Urquhart.

Equipment used: Sony a7r, DJI Osmo, DJI Phantom 4


Find more of Doug’s work at The Upthink Lab.


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