About the Film
Epic clouds and stars were captured while filming in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, Redwood National Park, Utah and several areas in the Eastern Sierra.
Equipment used included a motorized Kessler Crane 5ft dolly and Pocket dolly. Nikon D700, D300s and D7000 cameras as well as telescope tracking mounts.
Kessler University Inverviews Tony Rowell
KESSLER UNIVERSITY (KU): Tell me a little bit about yourself.
TONY ROWELL (TR): I’m inspired by my father, renowned photographer and mountaineer, Galen Rowell to show the beauty of the earth through writing and photography. Growing up I traveled with my father to areas in Alaska, Canada and the American West. My photography expeditions have taken me from the Arctic Circle to the mountains of Tibet.
My photos have won several awards and have been published in books, calendars and in Astronomy, Backpacker, Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photographer magazines. In 2009 NASA used three of my astro photos as the Astronomy Picture of the Day on their APOD website.
KC: How did you get your start in filmmaking/TL photography?
TR: A few years ago I met acclaimed cinematographer and filmmaker Tom Lowe of Timescapes.org. Lowe was very generous and taught me how to do time lapse photography
and how to render my videos in After Effects. Soon after seeing the amazing results Tom was getting using Kessler Crane equipment, I purchased a Kessler Pocket Dolly and ORACLE controller and began filming numerous videos.
KC: What is your primary focus with your work/career?
TR: Completing my first documentary and shooting and selling more stock video clips. One of my main goals is to work on a large feature film in the near future. Over the years I have been hired to assist film crews and several of my videos have been licensed for commercials and film projects.
KC: Tell us a little more about the film itself. There are some pretty amazing shots in the film. How long did it take to produce and what were your intentions going into the project?
TR: In 2010 I moved from Berkeley, CA into my vacation home in Bishop, CA near my late father’s company Mountain Light Gallery to begin filming my own film “Sierra Starlight” that features iconic landscapes in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra filmed by moonlight and starlight.
Most of the timelapses in “Epic Skies” were filmed in the last few months using my new 5 foot CineSlider and were not filmed in the sierra so they would not fit in with my upcoming film covering the Sierra Nevada mountains so I decided to make this new reel, “Epic Skies”.