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Synopsis: The Rocky Mountains are the backbone of North America and have invaded the Gulf of Mexico from the Arctic. His name is simple and humble, but his blade is sharp and tenacious, demonstrating his character. In the mountains, he talks freely, but puts some messages directly to my heart. One day, when I was hiking in the Rocky Mountains of North America, I accidentally picked up an antler. This moment took me into the mountain of dreams and crossed the four seasons as soon as I left. I tried to use the camera to feel the true nature of nature. I approached him again and again, his climate, his mountains, the animals (mountain people) living here. Suddenly for a moment, the Rocky Mountain disappeared, the camera disappeared, and I disappeared. Everything was like a universe. The flow of the Milky Way, the cycle of life and death, and the presence of it, according to the standard, is the highest respect for life.
After I graduated from Wildlife documentary Filmmaking Program from University of Poitiers, France. My continuing fascination by wildlife lead me to immigrate to Canada in 2014, where I spent two years between Calgary and the foot of the Rocky Mountains. There, I filmed consistently and created the short doc, A World Without. Working on that film as a newcomer to Canada who has always wanted to visit the Rockies, I allowed the environment to tell me its own story, which it offered without hesitation. This film taught me a lot about editing a non-scripted wildlife documentary, and guided me through different techniques in narrative-building and sound design in order to let the emotion breathe freely while still making sense. The great thing about filming nature is that it already carries its own sense of authenticity, and alleviates at least some of that pressure from me as the filmmaker.
Xin Liu, a documentary filmmaker currently based in Toronto, Canada.