Ever wondered what lies behind the shaping of the Earth’s surface?
The Weight of Mountains is the most original short film I’ve seen about the processes through which mountains are made and eventually destroyed.
British filmmaker Temujin Doran based the piece on the work of British geographer Sir Dudley Stamp. It was shot in Iceland and also combines animation from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.
For any filmmaker, the landscape is an important element. You come to learn that landscape embodies character. The goal of this film was to gain more insight into the character of this mountainous landscape by understanding the life of mountains through geology.
The language of geology has never felt so poetic as it does to me in this film.
Much like living creatures, we learn that mountains have a beginning, middle, and an end.
And that the life of the mountain mimics our own. It is a life that carries the weight of being.
Watching the film made me stop for a moment to pay homage to these beauties that dominate the horizon. I thought about just how wonderful the creation, life, death, and re-birth of our mountains are. It is amazing to learn about the how and why from a geologist’s point of view, which left me with the thought: “Nature is so incredibly clever!”
The film is under 12 minutes, I hope you enjoy it.
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Jessica grew up in the tropics of North Australia. She writes about films, and occasionally gets to write and direct them.
She has a love of silent films, they are the closest she will ever get to "time travel." However, on some real travels she spotted a polar bear while visiting the Arctic, and has enjoyed the view of the Mongolian plains on a train from Russia to China.
Her favorite fruit is pomegranate and her most memorable gift is a Super 8 camera from her husband, which she is keen to shoot some footage of Antarctic icebergs on one day.