I love it when I stumble across spectacular drone footage being shared by mainstream sources! It just goes to show how quickly UAVs and aerial video are being assimilated into the broader culture. This video clip came to me via social media from following The Stanley Hotel, which is featured near the beginning of the sequence. The Stanley is an early 20th century historic mountain resort located in Estes Park, CO (about an hour and a half north of Denver) at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park. In fact, sitting in the parlor, looking out at that mountain view, is the EXACT spot where Teddy Roosevelt first hatched the idea for what would eventually become the National Park Service! Can you imagine how he would have reacted to this aerial footage of his beloved wilderness?
Interesting side note for those of you interested in literary history… The Stanley is also the place where Stephen King was staying in 1974 when he became inspired and began writing his legendary horror classic The Shining, and it serves as the novel’s setting (although King changed the name to “The Overlook”.) The movie adaptation was filmed elsewhere, but had director Stanley Kubrick had access to 4K aerial video of the quality shot by this DJI Phantom 3 Pro, I wonder if he might have kept it set at The Stanley too!