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Filmography of the Yellowstone National Park

Aug 29, 2008
The Yellowstone National Park is one of the world's greatest natural land and water formations. It is only natural that a lot of novels, movies and documentaries have been written about the park. The park is the subject or the location of some media exploring both its beauty and its hidden fictional and real sinister power.

The earliest known movies associated with the park were taken in 1897 and directed by Mr. Thomas A. Edison; these were reported by www.filminamerica.com: two black-and-white mini-movies entitled "Tourists Going Round Yellowstone Park" (18 seconds) and "Lower Falls, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park" (26 seconds).

One of the many movie guides made from the park is that with an obvious title of "Yellowstone Park", which features the grandeur of the park's beautiful scenery. It was designed to promote the park by showcasing the different water forms that the park offers to the visitors: its beautiful geysers, waterfalls, hotsprings and reflective lakes. The film took 25000 hours to complete but it was well worth the effort of the team.

Other travelogs include the much acclaimed best travelog "Yellowstone: Imprints of Geologic Time", "Yellowstone's Amazing Wildlife", and "Yellowstone: The World's Most Amazing Park". "Amazing Wonders of the World: Kingdom of the West - Yellowstone, Yosemite & Glacier National Parks" also featured the park along with the two other natural parks of equal beauty.

A docudrama series shown in BBC and Discovery channel, the first part of which is entitled "Supervolcano", evolved around the park's volcanic caldera. The film's fictional characters struggled to contain the spontaneous eruptions happening all over the park which spread across the globe. The film featured stunning imagery of volcanic eruptions and showed computer simulations of how the earth might look like after such violent destruction. It all ends with the park and a large part of the US buried in volcanic ash. And like all the other doomsday movies, the whole earth was affected by the eruptions and turned into a crazy world with the upper part in volcanic winter and the lower part in ice age or in drought. The second part of the docudrama was more of a documentary that provides evidence to the authenticity of the movie. It was entitled "Supervolcano: The Truth About Yellowstone".

Departing from documentaries, the Yellowstone National Park is another one of Hollywood's favorite venues. Movies starring the best of the stars have dominated the box office. One such movie is the 1992 film version of the novel with the same title: The River Runs Through It, which grossed $43,440,294 based on the report of www.boxofficemojo.com. Another one of these is "The Horse Whisperer", also an adaptation of a novel with the same title written by the renowned Nicholas Sparks.

Even NASA has some mini-movies dedicated to the park. In the Cool Cosmos website, short movies (less that one minute) were posted, all designed to show through infrared videography both the beauty and power of the "Earth's geothermal power". These include some geysers, hot springs and even some local wildlife, all captured in infrared. It shows an interesting and unique way to view the park.

These are just few of the numerous movies credited to the beauty of the majestic Yellowstone Park. We should be expecting more movies of greater caliber to be made of this awesome wonder of nature in the years to come.
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