Today the humidity is somewhat oppressive, even for the locals. Out on the streets, the available shade is occupied by sleeping dogs, and the women are cooling themselves with brightly colored fans. But as we move into the forest, the high canopy provides enough reprieve to make it palatable. We’re walking down a lightly worn trail in a massive 50-acre plantation that feels more like the garden of Eden than a farm. Our guide points out various tropical and lush flora and fauna, explaining interesting details behind each species and how they relate to the complex inter-connected symbiotic system they’ve created for growing cacao. There are trees that supply the shade (which are also a valuable spice producer), flowers that attract the pollinators and howler monkeys, lizards and thousands of insect varieties that all make the little jungle-world-ecosystem go round. Many believe this is the original homeland of the magnificent trees which bear the fruit that the world has come to love, but very few know its rich history. We’ve traveled here, to the source, with our good friends from Oregon Craft Chocolate to bring them to the origin of their passion; the convection so lovingly known as chocolate.
Over the past two years, Troy Hermes has worked with Off the Grid Studios on our most important film projects. He was the lead audio engineer and sound designer on “Corazon” and “Dubai on the Fly.” Troy creates sonic illusions that fit so perfectly within a scene, the viewer just assumes the sounds are natural. Need the flap of a falcon’s wing or the crunch of sand under a camel’s step? No worries, coming right up. It’s sometimes a thankless job, for if Troy does his job perfectly, no one ever knows that sound has been added or enhanced except for the production team. Welcome to his world.
BEND, Oregon (April 30, 2018) — Throughout the month of May 2018, Off the Grid Studios, in conjunction with The Orvis Company, will be celebrating the first public release of the fly fishing film “Corazón.” To honor the release, Off the Grid Studios will engage in a month-long campaign focused on each of the three films in “The Scorpion Trilogy”— a collection of fly fishing movies roughly six years in the making.
Today is a monumental day for our entire team at Off the Grid Studios. It’s May 1st. The global premiere of the full-length cut of our film, Dubai on the Fly, takes place on our Amazon channel and Vimeo (use code DubaiFly) today. The film festival version has been touring the fishing world for many months, hitting over +170 cities.
OTG’s Sarah Grigg traveled to Scotland for this assignment with Sporting Classics Magazine:
“It’s a long line of whispers tha t gets youon Loch Damph,” says Corin Smithbehind the wheel of his pickup. We’re heading to the lake, its reddish-black water held within the bounds of a private estate like a cup of choppy tea between mossy, wind-swept mountains. One is free to walk across any parcel of soil in Scotland, private or no, but fly fishing requires permission. And don’t think for a minute the man holding the key is an easy one to pin down.” Read full article.
The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only
people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
—Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966)
A road trip from Jackson, Wyoming, to Sturgis, South Dakota, doesn’t take that long if you keep the truck at a steady 80 miles per hour. Which is exactly what we’re doing to make it to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally by nightfall.