Craters of the Moon
National Monument and Preserve

National Park Service

“Bizarre monoliths frozen in time...harsh, unexpected
landscapes of vast lava flows, volcanic craters and massive
cinder cones that seem unearthly in their stark form.”

Volcanism at Craters of the Moon

s recently as 2,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions along the Great Rift in southern Idaho created an ocean of lava flows so vast it is visible from space. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a rugged landscape with a surprisingly diverse, but fragile ecosystem. Volcanism at Craters of the Moon was created to help visitors see the direct connection between the volcanic process and the now “frozen” geologic features of the park.

The project used stock footage from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park combined with footage shot in lava tube caves, cinder cones. Lava forms are surprisingly fragile, requiring extra care in the production process, even while using jibs to create new perspectives on some of the lava monoliths. Craters of the Moon is a remarkable place, and too many visitors simply drive the interpretive loop without getting out on the trails. We designed the video to spark visitor interest, connect them to the resource, educate them about it’s fragility, and hopefully guide their eyes to see meaning in the rocks before them.

“Just a note to thank you for the fine job that you did on replacing our old museum film with a spectacular new production. You and your technicians crafted a superb film with outstanding cinematography and some unexpected bonuses including an original soundtrack. It was also a fun couple of days working with you and your Director of Photography in the field. I believe that you successfully captured this dynamic landscape and I look forward to sharing this new film with visitors.”

Ted Stout
Chief of Interpretation


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