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A timelapse/adventure film about big wall climbing and canyoneering in Zion, Utah and the incredible landscapes unique the world over. Read more

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A timelapse/adventure film about big wall climbing and canyoneering in Zion, Utah and the incredible landscapes unique the world over.

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My goal is to create a short film that combines time lapses of the four seasons of Zion National Park and documenting the adventures of canyoneers and big wall climbers.

Those familiar with canyoneering know that Zion is one of the world's best locations for exploring slot canyons. Hidden in the national park is an extensive network of deep, narrow cracks carved in the sandstone from water and time. These slot canyons are incredibly beautiful places, like tranquil sanctuaries of rock, color, and light. Many of these slot canyons require technical gear and skill to traverse, and can be very dangerous places in the wrong conditions. 

When people say big wall climbing, most people think of Yosemite and El Capitan and Half Dome. While Yosemite is deserving of the attention it receives, not many people know that Zion boasts some of the best big wall climbing in the country.

In this project, I will be documenting climbers and canyoneers as they explore Zion, pushing themselves to the limit. I want to bring you the extreme (and beautiful) side of Zion that few in the world get to see.

In August, 2013, I suffered a major setback in this project. I was caught in a flash flood with three others while filming in a slot canyon.

(Check out the youtube video)

The four of us were nearly killed that day. We were fortunate to survive the ordeal. Unfortunately though, my camera equipment suffered major water and sand damage as it was exposed to a wall of water. I lost more than three thousand dollars worth of camera gear.

Peering into the Abyss
Peering into the Abyss

Zion National Park is an incredible place. Millions of people every year are captivated by its beauty. But I want to take people off the beaten path and into places rarely visited. I want to tell the story of the adventurers that are exploring these wild places and doing things no one has done before.

I've been filming Zion for almost a year now, and I already have about half the footage I need in order to properly tell this story (Check out the project video to see examples of my time-lapse work). The flash flood I encountered has left me in a tight spot. I need to keep filming, especially during the fall season. But much of my camera equipment was destroyed. Only a few of my lenses survived.

Crown of Zion
Crown of Zion

Join me in getting this project back on track. By raising $3500 dollars I can obtain a new camera body and pay for the repairs to the lenses that were damaged. I'll be able to invest in additional rigging and climbing equipment to be able to capture more unique shots.

Be a part of creating a beautiful film of one of the world's most incredible locations.

To see some of previous film work, check out ericrhanson.com

Follow me on Twitter @ericishanson

Follow on Instagram @ericishanson

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: September 1, 2014

Time-lapse work takes, well, time. In the last ten months of shooting I have accumulated approximately half the footage I need to complete this project. Yet I need more footage from this upcoming fall, winter, and spring in order to complete this project. My goal is to film through the next three seasons in order to be able to release the film by fall of 2014.

Big Bend
Big Bend

Risks and challenges

Filming in slot canyons is difficult and dangerous work. I know that firsthand now after surviving a flash flood. My gear and self are at risk each time I go film. Filming big wall climbing is no easy feat either. Getting interesting shots requires lots of time, creativity, and physical skill from the climbers and photographers involved.

Fortunately, I have learned a great deal over the last 10 months of this project. I know a great deal more about the weather, lighting, and shooting conditions and how to compensate for them. My skills in these locations has greatly increased, and the quality of my work has continued to increase with each shoot.

Hopefully there will be no more setbacks like the one I recently experienced with the flash flood. But as challenges arise, creativity, perseverance, and hard work will find a way to overcome the challenges.

Over the next year, I look forward to completing this project and presenting a piece of film that will be considered art.

- Music in the project video: "As Colorful As Ever" by Broke For Free (http://brokeforfree.com/)

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    Receive the DVD of the film with your name in the credits PLUS access to behind the scenes footage only available to Kickstarter backers. *****PLUS get a signed limited edition 8"x10" print from a special collection of photographs of Zion National Park.

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    Receive the DVD of the film with your name in the credits PLUS get access to behind the scenes footage only available to Kickstarter backers. *****PLUS get a signed limited edition 16"x20" Fuji Pearl print from a special collection of photographs of Zion National Park. (Limited Edition Prints only available to Kickstarter supporters)

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    Receive the DVD of the film with your name in the "Special Thanks" PLUS get access to behind the scenes footage only available to Kickstarter backers. *****PLUS get a signed limited edition 24"x36" (think gallery size) Fuji Pearl print from a special collection of photographs of Zion National Park. (Limited Edition Prints only available to Kickstarter supporters)

    Additionally, receive my undying gratitude and a lifetime of goodwill.

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    I will take you on a TWO DAY PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR of Zion National Park, offering lessons and tips to improve your photography, a good ol' fashioned campout to practice astronomy photography, as well as access to some of the best locations Zion has to offer. (**travel and lodging costs not included). Also receive the DVD of the film with your name in the "Special Thanks", PLUS access to behind the scenes footage only available to Kickstarter backers. *****You'll ALSO get a signed limited edition 24"x36" Fuji Pearl print from a special collection of photographs of Zion National Park. (Limited Edition Prints only available to Kickstarter supporters).

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