Death Valley National Park


Seeing Death Valley is the signature film presentation for Death Valley National Park. Seeing is a beautifully photographed exploration of one of America’s most extreme desert landscapes. The film examines the geology and natural history of Death Valley and highlights the different ways the Valley has been seen over time. Seeing features elders of the Timbisha Shoshone people, for whom the Valley has always been home. Seeing Death Valley is narrated by Donald Sutherland, and was a Finalist at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. North Shore also produced eight short films on different aspects of the Park, including the Devil’s Hole pupfish, Scotty’s Castle, and heat safety.

“I want to thank you for the fantastic job that you and your staff did producing the new Death Valley film – Seeing Death Valley... The quality of the film often overshadows the many other aspects of a project this size. You kept to your production schedule, you kept to your budget, and you even got us an internationally known film actor – Donald Sutherland – to narrate the film. For any park looking to do a new film, or (that) doesn’t have a lot of experience with working with a production company, I would highly recommend you and your staff. We couldn’t be more pleased with the end product and the process we went through to get it.”
— Terry Baldino, Chief of Interpretation, Death Valley National Park

Project Details: 

  • Thirty-two days in the field

  • Temperature range: 30-120 degrees (and yes, the camera still worked!)

  • Ten deliverables, with a total of 52 minutes of content

Awards & Festivals:

  • Finalist, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

  • Official Selection, American Conservation Film Festival

  • Official Selection, Bend Film Festival

  • Two Silver Telly Awards

  • Communicator Award of Excellence