In 2014 members of the OTG crew set out to create what was then considered by most to be a crazy concept: a documentary fly fishing film about the carp. Yes, that’s right. Carp. Over the course of a year, team members Austin Trayser, RA Beattie and Steven Yochum traveled the USA filming passionate carp anglers around the states. From California to Illinois, and numerous locations inbetween, we documented some truly amazing locations. OTG’s Marko Milosevic created the killer 3d animated graphics, and Kevin Markis created the animated History of Carp for the film.
OTG supplied the equipment and RA Beattie for the behind the scenes exclusive interview with Ed Roland | Collective Soul at their show in Portland, OR
Photos and Interview by RA Beattie | Breedlove Stringed Instruments
It’s a cold, damp fall night in Portland. Despite tough weather, a steadily growing queue of anxious concertgoers coils down the sidewalk outside the Roseland Theater. A couple standing at the front of the line are inquisitive when I approach the doors with my recording gear and cameras. I explain that I’m going to take their spot in line. I’m here to interview Ed Roland, the lead singer of Collective Soul. The couple throw me a high five and explain how excited they are for the show. The vibe is solid. The fans are ready to rock.
During World War II, the founder of Airstream, Wally Byam, was forced to put his budding trailer business on the back burner due to aluminum shortages. He went to work for the cause as an airplane builder. Following the war’s end, he set up Airstream in the very same airplane manufacturing warehouse. With new design skills and an improved design for aluminum-skinned trailers, Wally launched a trailer line that would become synonymous with the American open road. But he needed to test the road-worthiness of his post-war model on an epic trip.
In 1948, Cornelius “Neil” Vanderbilt IV — the black sheep and bohemian journalist son of business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt III — invited Wally to tour war-ravaged Europe. Vanderbilt wanted to capture the devastated landscape in documentary film. The two shipped an Airstream to Europe and embarked on a journey to record the decimated landscape, a remarkable feat, as cities were still in disarray and tourists were more or less absent.
OTG friend and Hawaiian bonefish guide, Mike Hennessy (Hawaii on the Fly), just shipped our team a huge pile of, well, flies? The strangely marked package arrived smelling of fish and sand – and unfolded into a treasure-trove of some wild looking creations. Mr. Hennessy explained, “I tied all of these for you guys in about 30 minutes, no big deal. “The duckling” is going to be a game changer.”
Thanks Capt. Mike and we’ll be sure to get some killer shots of giant northern pike destroying “the duckling.”
We’ll be posting more updates on the upcoming film on this blog, so please check back.
Members of the OTG team are currently in the editing / post-production phase on a mamoth project about…. Carp. Yes, carp. Filmed in 6 locations around the USA, this film chronicles the rise, fall and slow resurgence of one of the most hated fish in the USA. CARPLAND will tour with the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour- hitting 150 cities in the USA, before moving on the audiences in Canada and Europe.
One thing we really love – well designed and properly executed media campaigns – designed around a new product launch. Bringing together compelling still imagery, strong video assets, great copy writing and incorporating all the content into a comprehensive web design is no small task. We were really excited to work with the Simms Fishing Products team to create the video assets to accompany the recent launch of the G-Series product line. The Simms team did an amazing job of executing across their web platform, and sharing the media on various social channels. In total, we created three videos to accompany this campaign: