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This stunning video will make you want to travel to Canada next

For six weeks, filmmaker Florian Nick travelled 5,500km through the wilderness of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada to create a breathtaking short film called ALIVE.

The Stuttgart-based creative explored the vast landscapes the country has to offer – from crystal lakes to lush forests to majestic mountains. After his trip, he had to sift through more than 54,000 images, spending nine months on editing alone.

The result, though, is well worth it. ALIVE is a stunning film that shows the beauty of Canada, as well as gets Nick’s message about environmental protection across.

“By making this project, I want to raise awareness of our wonderful planet earth which we have the privilege to be,” he said.

This is mount Talon, located in the backcountry of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This shot wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of Chris, the owner of @taluslodge. He invited me to stay at his backcountry lodge for five days which gave me the chance to explore his huge and rugged backyard with my camera. This is a place which is only accessible by helicopter so I felt extremely fortunate to collect footage for my film in such unique surroundings being far off any civilization. Showing nature from a perspective you haven’t seen before and thus getting you fascinated for the outdoors is what this project is all about. . . . . . . . sponsored by @emotimo @arcteryx #timelapse #filmmaking #film #timelapsevideo #clouds #explorebc @hellobc #imagesofcanada #ExploreCanada #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #natureaddict #ourplanetdaily #liveauthentic #sonyalpha #exklusive_shot #neverstopexploring #natgeo #artofvisuals #AGameofTones #wildernessculture #visualsoflife #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #discoverearth #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #earthoutdoors #justgoshoot

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We spoke to Nick recently to learn more about ALIVE, as well as his secrets to photography and filmmaking. Check it out:

Please tell us more about yourself – what path led you to become a filmmaker, especially one with a focus on travel videos.

“My name is Florian Nick, 23 years old, and I live in Stuttgart in the Southern part of Germany. After graduating from high school it took me a little while to fully realize my passion for creating imagery.

“Finally, when I was 19 years old I wanted to dig deeper into the art of moving images and started my undergraduate major of ‘Audiovisual Media’ at the Stuttgart Media University.

“I love how filmmaking allows me to combine my two passions of creating a video and exploring different kinds of countries and landscapes. That’s why I’ve ended up doing nature and travel related projects recently. Ultimately, I’m trying to get a foot in the commercial or documentary film industry or some sort of combination between the two.

“Anyway, I’d consider myself at the very start of my career as a filmmaker but I am very excited and ambitious for the future to come.”

Night Skies 1/3 I’ve found myself getting more and more fascinated by night- and astrophotography. The low-light capabilities of my #a7sii camera enable me to unveil the hidden beauty of the night that’s barely visible to the human eye. . . . . . . . . . #explorebc @hellobc #imagesofcanada #ExploreCanada #canadasworld #nightphotography #astrophotography #longexposure_shots @longexposure_shots #amazing_longexpo @amazing_longexpo #longexpoelite @longexpoelite #nightshooterz #beautifuldestinations #natureaddict #ourplanetdaily #sonyalpha #exklusive_shot #neverstopexploring #artofvisuals #AGameofTones @agameoftones #wildernessculture #visualsoflife #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #discoverearth #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #WeLiveToExplore #justgoshoot @justgoshoot @earthoutdoors

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How would you describe your trip to Canada? Which places were the most breathtaking?

“I think this trip was a real adventure – just me, my camera gear, and my mini-van which I lived in for six weeks. British Columbia and Alberta turned out to be fantastic places for a trip like this with scenic roads all over the place. I don’t even remember how often I pulled over and took a snapshot of the road beautifully winding through the valley of giant mountains.

“My absolute favorite spot I explored is Lake O’Hara in the Rocky Mountains. I hiked up to a viewpoint for sunset and found one of the most captivating sceneries I have ever experienced. Even my widest lens was not able to capture it to the full extent.

“Overall, I could really feel how Canada’s culture is shaped by nature. The Canadians love and respect the beautiful places they live in and you somehow get a feeling of these good vibes when talking to them. I got to know some really pleasant and laid-back folks who made me feel very welcome.”

The reward after a long hike up the mountain . . . . . . . . . #chasingthesemoments #Südtirol #SouthTyrol @visitsouthtyrol #italianlandscapes #beautifuldestinations #vsco #passionpassport #natureaddict #ourplanetdaily #liveauthentic #sonyalpha #exklusive_shot #neverstopexploring #natgeo #artofvisuals #AGameofTones @agameoftones #wildernessculture #visualsoflife #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #discoverearth #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #MoodyGrams #WeLiveToExplore #justgoshoot @justgoshoot #travelstoke #earthoutdoors10k @earthoutdoors

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You’ve also been to Costa Rica and Iceland. What did you like most about these places?

“They’re both so different. Costa Rica is a tropical country with vast rainforests and volcanos to explore. I would say the beaches is what I enjoyed the most. The atmosphere is so relaxed with people hanging out and going surfing. On the Pacific coast, you have beautiful sunsets basically every day.

“Iceland, on the other hand, is the island of ice and fire. There I found some of the most fascinating landscapes I have ever experienced. The versatility is absolutely incredible with giant glaciers, waterfalls and a rough coast offered in a relatively close distance. That way you can drive around and just be overwhelmed how dramatically the landscape changes.”

endless roads lead to endless freedom . . . . . . . . . . #chasingthesemoments #iceland #exploreiceland @iceland.explore #icelandwonder #discovertheroad #greatnorthcollective #roadtrip #beautifuldestinations #vsco #passionpassport #natureaddict #ourplanetdaily #liveauthentic #sonyalpha #exklusive_shot #neverstopexploring #natgeo #artofvisuals #AGameofTones @agameoftones #wildernessculture #visualsoflife #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #discoverearth #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #earthoutdoors10k #justgoshoot @justgoshoot

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What’s your filmmaking process like? And what equipment do you use?

“In my opinion, the most important aspect of filmmaking is not what camera or lens you use. The most important aspect is what’s in front of it. Referring to shooting landscapes that means to be at the right location at the right time. That’s why, for me, a big part of filmmaking is preparation.

“Before shooting my latest film ALIVE, I did tons of research months before my arrival. That way I knew exactly which locations I want to explore and had a plan that I could follow everyday on my trip. Due to my preparation, I knew how to find some great secret spots, where the sun sets and rises on location or how long of a hike it would take me to get there.

“As for equipment I have a Sony A7Sii. It is a powerful camera in a very compact package which is very useful for projects that require traveling. For shooting timelapse, I use a 3-axis-motion control system that allows me to add dynamic movements to my time-lapse shots and make it very three-dimensional.”

This is not a painting, this is Canada 🇨🇦 . . . . . . . . . . #chasingthesemoments #explorealberta #travelalberta @travelalberta #ExploreCanada #rockymountains #waterfallsfordays #imagesofcanada #canadasworld #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #sonyalpha #exklusive_shot #neverstopexploring #natgeo #artofvisuals #AGameofTones @agameoftones #visualsoflife #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #discoverearth #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #MoodyGrams #justgoshoot #longexpoelite @longexpoelite #longexposure_shots @longexposure_shots #long_exposure @long_exposure #amazing_longexpo @amazing_longexpo

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With so many travel videos coming out these days, how do you set apart your ‘style’ from the rest?

“First of all, except for the one I shot in Costa Rica, I would not rate my videos among travel videos. There is one major difference: Most of these thousands of travel videos focus on the aspect of traveling. My videos focus on the creative presentation of nature and landscapes.

“Nowadays, thanks to the availability of fairly cheap video cameras, basically anyone can call himself a filmmaker. And basically everyone loves traveling. So people bring along their cameras and try to capture their amazing trips in order to show them off on social media. That’s how this new era of travel videos has evolved.

“In my opinion, it is an extremely oversaturated market and honestly, by now I am tired of seeing all these typical kinds of travel videos, my own Costa Rica travel video included.

“As for my other work, I go out and travel not for the purpose of traveling. I go out and travel for the purpose of making a film. I think that’s a huge difference.

“When I’m doing a project like the ones in Iceland and Canada, every day on or off the road is dedicated to get the best possible footage for my film. It gives this trip a purpose as all decisions are made in favor of the project. For these projects, I consider traveling just as a means to get from one spot to the other.

“Travel filmmakers, though, try to capture the story of their trip and share the feeling they had at all these amazing places. It is about themselves and their journey.

“In contrast, my videos are not about myself but dedicated to the nature and the beauty of our planet. I try to set me apart from the rest with the use of timelapse photography, composition and the precise planning of each shot. My goal is to get people drawn to the beauty of our planet which they are part of instead of making them watch a travel video of somebody’s adventure which they were not part of. I think you know what I’m trying to say.”

Couldn’t have asked for a better last view of Mount Hood on our flight back from Oregon in May ✈️🏔 . . . . . . . . #chasingthesemoments #oregon #mounthood #Oregonexplored #BestOfOregon #aerialphotography #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #sonyalpha #vsco #exklusive_shot #natureaddict #neverstopexploring #livefolk #artofvisuals #AGameofTones @agameoftones #visualsoflife #urbanromantix #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #peoplescreatives @peoplescreatives #ourplanetdaily #WeLiveToExplore #symmetricalmonsters #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #MoodyGrams #justgoshoot @justgoshoot

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Lastly, where are you headed next?

“My summer hasn’t been fully planned out, yet. Except for a trip to Norway together with my girlfriend. For this one, the video camera stays at home, though. That way I can live the moment without the constant need to get the right shot.”

The light guides your way to a better place – @zionnps 🏜 . . . . . . . . #chasingthesemoments #utah #zionnps #sunset #canyon #beautifuldestinations #vsco #passionpassport #natureaddict #ourplanetdaily #liveauthentic #sonyalpha #exklusive_shot #neverstopexploring #natgeo #artofvisuals #AGameofTones @agameoftones #wildernessculture #visualsoflife #stayandwander #earthfocus #lifeofadventure #LiveOutdoors #discoverearth #exploretocreate #TheGreatOutdoors #MoodyGrams #WeLiveToExplore #justgoshoot @justgoshoot #LiveOutdoors @national_park_photography

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To see more of Florian Nick’s work, head on over to his Vimeo and Instagram pages.

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