“Join us as we take you on a visual journey through alpine lakes and forests of aspen to vast red deserts and dazzling formations of sand and stone,” said its creators in a press release. “This is Dixie.” In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service, the Pattiz Brothers are engaged in a unique project to capture on film the beauty and magnificence of all of America’s 155 national forests.
Beginning with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, these films form the centerpiece of a national campaign entitled, “Your Forest, Your Future,” which encourages the public to participate in the important future decisions regarding the management of America’s national forests. As part of this campaign, the Pattiz Brothers have begun producing films exploring the beauty as well as multiple uses of these important public lands.
The Dixie National Forest located in southwestern Utah stretches for nearly 170 miles, making it the largest national forest in the state. “Winding your way through the stunning landscapes of southern Utah, the Dixie National Forest offers spectacular scenery that easily rivals that of its neighbors Bryce Canyon, Zion and Capitol Reef national parks. This film has been brought to you in part by Visit Utah. Our film,” says More Than Just Forests co-founder Jim Pattiz, “is a celebration of what makes this forest such a special place for people to experience and enjoy.”
The Pattiz Brothers have garnered widespread international recognition for their cinematic efforts perhaps best summarized in an article appearing in London’s Telegraph, titled “The Best Videos of America You’ll Ever Watch” In 2016 they began an ongoing partnership with The Weather Channel to do a series of live interviews from America’s public lands as they describe their cinematic experiences to a nationwide audience.
“We do a lot of research beforehand, and when we go to shoot we’re out there for a long time,” says Will. “From pre-production to launch to post-production, you’re probably talking about two months or more,” notes Jim. To capture America’s most treasured landscapes on film, the brothers totally immerse themselves in each forest’s iconic peaks, surreal vistas, golden meadows, sparkling waterways and diverse wildlife. The resulting 8K film is then painstakingly edited to produce a three- to four-minute video giving viewers a sense of each forest.
Stay tuned for further installments in this one-of-a-kind series by the U.S. Forest Service.