High school senior's video of the Valley goes viral

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Brophy College Preparatory Senior Michael Heiland's video, "The Valley," went viral this week.

"You'll see a sunrise at about 4 in the morning from the top of Squaw Peak. You'll see sunsets from Camelback and the other views downtown here. I went to about 30 locations," the 17-year-old said.

Heiland's time-lapse video is about four and a half minutes of breathtaking views of the Valley.

"A lot of people think it was for fun, some people think that it was for a school project, but I just did it because I'm passionate about time-lapse photography and I wanted to make a video about Arizona because I hadn't seen one before," Heiland said.

The video was posted on his Vimeo page and the Movoto.com real estate blog, and has jumped from just a handful of views to tens of thousands.

Heiland's six-month project was truly a labor of love. He did some research and taught himself how to do time-lapse photography. He did a little leg work to get the fancy equipment and then hauled it to the top of Camelback Mountain and other places.

The finished product has been shared by many people wanting to show off the things they love about Phoenix.

"I definitely read all the comments," Heiland said. "Some of them are funny. Most of them are really awesome because people don't believe that I'm 17 and so it's pretty great."

He graduates from Brophy this week and will go to film school at University of Arizona.

To see the video, visit www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/phoenix-time-lapse.

The Valley from Michael Heiland on Vimeo.