The Southwest is a non-narrative documentary film that explores the various social, cultural, scenic and historical themes of what makes the American Southwest region so unique. This visual journey into what makes the Southwest region so unique is not supported by words or dialogue. The power of the film comes from the rich imagery and moving musical score. This allows the viewer to take on their own interpretations without the film pursing any position. The aim of the film is to cinematically expose the audience to the connection between these systems in the southwest, in a visually exciting way. The Southwest reframes our society’s beliefs and values, and offers introspection into our lives. It brings up subjects in the forefront of our minds as well as those we have pushed aside and forgotten. Some of the most powerful sequences come from the imagery that challenges these systems: homeless sleeping in the streets surrounded by wealth, oil drilling sites devoid of nature and walls dividing people. The imagery can also be powerful when it exposes the audience to new ways of looking at a scene they are use to seeing in the media everyday. For example viewing the milky way move across 10,000 year old trees or the city coming alive in a time-lapse sequence. Thru breathtaking imagery and a moving musical score, the film can have a great impact on the audience, thereby causing them to challenge their preconceived ideas and stereotypes.
“The Southwest” is being filmed in resolutions from 4k up to 8k. Motion and high speed photography are captured using Red Digital Cinema Cameras. Some additional high speed footage will be captured with the Phantom Flex 4k. Astro-timelapse scenes are shot on DSLR cameras. 6k Red Epic Dragon footage is over 9x the resolution of HD making this imagery perfect for the giant screen.