Best of Web// Megan Borfitz

Best of Web// Megan Borfitz

This short film by Lance Page illustrates the lava flow patterns of the erupting Kilauea volcano in Hawaii; it is fascinating to watch. From an artistic perspective, the time lapses are incredibly well-composed. The film documents daytime flow and nighttime flow, giving the viewer multiple perspectives on this dynamic natural occurrence. The daytime shots expose the powerful destructive capabilities of the lava flow and the path it takes, while the nighttime images utilize the glow of the lava to create a striking picture. These pictures reveal fascinating scientific fluid behaviors. For example, the extreme heat of the lava makes its flow patterns interesting with regards to other objects in its path. Overall, the remarkable time lapses make this short film beautiful and scientifically valuable.


Page, Lance, director. Hawaii’s Lava Flow Is a Mesmerizing Force. National Geographic, National Geographic, 2015,

  • Director/dp/editor: Lance Page
  • Produced by: Lance Page and Wesley Young
  • Original score by: Stefan Scott Nelson featuring Starsieve
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  • Chris Lehr
    Sep 21, 2020 12:10

    This is my second place choice for Best of Web because I think the flow of lava is mesmerizing and also such a crazy concept that shows flow visualization well in a natural environment without humans having to change any factors.

  • James Hartwig
    Sep 18, 2020 20:01

    This is my 2nd place choice for Best of Web. I have a major soft spot for lava, and slow particle flows are fascinating to me.

  • Mohamed Al Sabri
    Sep 16, 2020 23:47

    This is my 3rd place choice for BOW. The timelapse is beautifully capturing the high viscous lava moving through the forest and how it interacts with the air.


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