July 18, 2013
Time to Stop
MyOp | Matthew McManus
KILT recently traveled to Yosemite National Park to shoot backgrounds for a promo commercial for an upcoming television premiere. The background shoot was part of our solution to the project - how to create realistic backgrounds in 3D given a limited timeframe - we start with reality. I had been to the Park before though it had been years. The opportunity to go was very exciting.
As I can only speak for myself, I forget sometimes what a treat it is to live in California. A short 5 hour drive on the backside of the Sierra Mountain Range and we are on the edge of Yosemite National Park. Though the valley floor is canonized in the mythology of the American West with the photographs of Ansel Adams, the park holds so much more. The north side of the park has sweeping meadows, starkly, large rock formations and the reason we went, hidden lakes of pristine water and unspeakable beauty.
Our time there was short. Just a full day to get what we needed. But in that day we found ourselves truck in awe in what we had experienced. In my mind, it is not necessarily remarkable that the scene exists as there are beautiful places all over the world, but that the scene still is able to exist. That the landscape is not dotted with homes, overtaken by sponsorships (The Target Tuolumne Meadows) and ruined by our own indifference. In our daily lives we have have homes propped on hillsides. Our museums and art can exist only with the aid of large corporations. Our streets are filled with changing ads vying for our attention.
There is something to be said that a landscape so striking, such a part of our heritage as a nation, can exist with little interference, hinderance. To simply sit and watch, not record, not post, and see the magnificence of our world is wonderful opportunity and one that we should not take for granted. As our world is filled every sort of interruption, I was fortunate to have the time, though short, to remember to stop.