“South West America” a majestic 5D2 film portrait by Michael Fletcher

by planetmitch1 Comment

Last summer, my family toured the Southwest of the USA and had a blast and this morning Michael Fletcher sent us his latest movie about the same area and I fell in love all over again (with the southwest – not with Michael – tho is movies are amazing!).

I've posted several of Michael's movies in the past because I absolutely love his timing. These aren't the fast paced jump cuts of the MTV era – these are slow – things to be enjoyed with a fine glass of wine on a big screen if you ask me.

So sit back and relax

Oh, and if you want to see other amazing HDSLR movies, stop in our planet5D cinema

“South West America”

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In October last year I travelled to the South Western corner of the United States to visit some of that countries iconic landscapes.

This video has taken me so long to produce, not because it was a really complex edit, but more so because after arriving back in Australia I was deflated and doubting why I was shooting landscape videos. I couldn't find the enthusiasm to put something up.

As amazing as the landscape is in the US, if the light isn't happening there's not a lot you can do about it. We had terrible light, blue sky day after another. The odd day we had cloud it ended up being too much cloud.

I also couldn't get my head around having to share this amazing landscape with so many people. Coming from the South West of Australia I wasn't prepared for that and it all culminated for me at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands where there where arguments over trying to jostle for the best position. I just stood back in disbelief and wondered if all the parks where going to be like this.

I decided that I should stop being so negative about my experience in the US and stop winging about the lack of good light and put together something positive with what I had shot. This is the result. Hope you like it.

I must note…..

“This video contains no traces of celestial timelapses with blatant over use of the saturation tab and a soundtrack fitting of a gladiator movie.”

Sounds Boring doesn't it :>)

Music: James Newton Howard
From the movie “The Village”

Edited for the very first time on Premiere Pro (see you later FCP. That'll teach you for not looking after us users of FCP7.)

Shot with the very old and needing replacing 5D mk2

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Mike Fletcher wrote, ““This video contains no traces of celestial timelapses with blatant over use of the saturation tab AND A SOUNDTRACK FITTING A GLADIATOR MOVIE.” (my emphasis)

    Concerning the use of music, I thought his selection and use were perfect. The mood and pacing of the music and visual were a unified whole.It was dream-like, I got lost in it, and I didn’t want it to end.

    Speaking as a novice…Yes, this is a videographer’s website and we’re all focused on what we do with visual elements. and we all know this…the aural world we create is central to the effect we’re trying to create.

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