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.

Shot in the beautiful mountain parks of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Over 80 miles and 20,000+ feet of elevation gain were traveled on foot to collect these visuals. 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.

Cinematography and Editing by Doug Urquhart ( Atlanta, Georgia, USA – )
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This short film was created during a visit to the 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). AKA vacation filmmaking.

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

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

Music licensed from Bensound.