Luke and I recently spent a week in our California studio discussing our goals for the new year. We collectively looked into how we could inspire growth within the Fly Industry, and decided that we must begin to fill a need for video production within the industry. So look out for new short videos dropping on the Deneki Outdoors site soon, and stay updated.
As always we will continue to work hard to ensure our quality is improving. Below are some of our reflections on this first project, we invite you to please share any and all feedback you have, we'd love to hear from you!
1.Do what you love. Embarking on this journey of filmmaking has led Adam to guiding, and hosting in some beautiful places, and it has brought us both new friendships, and enriched our lives. We enjoy fly fishing, and being able to make films about it will always be a great pleasure.
2.Know your strengths and uphold your vision. In a conversation with the Detonation Studios crew in Montana at this years SIMMS Ice-Out, Ian said to us, “Damn, you guys are just so honest”. We like that about our filmmaking. This will never change.
3.Be honest to yourself about your shortcomings. Our audio was flawed a number of times, and we lived through many challenges being both the filmmakers, and the subject matter through much of the film. We have already taken great strides to improve both of these issues for future projects, and can’t wait to bring you the new ‘juice’.
Our New Year’s Resolution: “To continue to enrich and support the fly-fishing industry with down-to-earth and honest media”.
Mission of Film: 1) To show the fly fishing community what winter steelheading in the great lakes is all about. 2) To give hope to those who are currently fall combat fishing there... times of solitude are on the way! 3) Remind everyone that RWP made a fly fishing short movie called "No Off-Season" which will be released on our website this December.
Making the Film: I had a dream about this song and a sequence of some of our extra "No Off-Season" footage behind it. I woke up the next day and turned on my computer and put it together, more or less, like my dream. This is my first go at editing a music video. Music : "When the Tigers Broke Free" by Pink Floyd.
We had the chance to go to the SIMMS Shootout this year, and it was such an awesome experience. Adam and I had never been to Montana so we soaked it in and had a blast. We didn't win the competition, but certainly had a lot of fun trying. Met some great guys and some I know we'll call friends from here on out.
Adam is currently guiding for Deneki Alaska West until the fall, so he is pretty much off the grid, and you could tell who did most of the posting here with him being gone. Once things settle down a bit I'll pick up the slack and get some great content going.
I'm slowly settling into our new home in Northern California. Here's a link to some pics of the road trip out here. I've been taking care of my girls and even finding time to do a little editing (always with one of them by my side of course). Our film No Off-Season is just about done!
If you are one of the fortunate feel like a kid in a candy store every time The Drake publishes a new issue, you may have already read the intriguing article, "Why Hatcheries Suck" by Stephen Hawley in the Spring 2012 edition. In this article, Stephen lists the publication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) as a source. My interest was extremely sparked by this article, and seeing that I am always game for challenges I took Stephen up on his challenge and found the source article and supporting information to expand my knowledge of the subject.
Read-up ladies and gentlemen, the supporting information and abstract are free. And, 10 bucks for a PDF of the article is well worth the ass you will kick in your next heated hatchery debate at the local fly-shop.
Thank you Steven, thank you to all at The Drake, and thank you to the researchers and publishers of this article!
Reference to the original article:
"Genetic adaptation to captivity can occur in a single generation"
PNAS 2012 109 (1)238-242; published ahead of print December 19, 2011,
Ok. Ok... Before I continue my abstract rant on the importance of understanding each separate element of filmmaking. I thought I would release an official trailer for "No Off-Season". So sit back, relax, and enjoy some new elements that we are bringing to the fly-fishing film industry.
In other news, we are now officially entering into post-production. Be excited...very excited.
To begin, one of the most educational parts of shooting "No Off-Season" was watching Luke through his transition from photographer to photographer/filmmaker.
I remember early on, when we reviewed our first footage as we filmed what would be the set-up shots for our "Autumn 2011 Showreel" Luke turned to me and said, "Wow, you can capture so much more than one moment with film." Yes. Indeed. However, you can also miss so much in film by not focusing on the power of each moment.
Thus, if you do not deeply understand the moment, and the impact of each moment in filmmaking, then inevitably you will fill the gaps with a different stimulus than the moment itself. One example of this is the "music video" style of fly-fishing filmmaking (i.e. - the music drives the image) versus the "film" style of any subject which tells a cohesive story through any relevant subject (i.e.- the image/story is enhanced by the audio/music, or there is no music at all). This is where the art goes deeper ("No Country For Old Men" is a great example, no music at all), and I believe every filmmaker, inevitably struggles with "truthful cinema" filmmaking.
How can you shape a story that is being shaped in front of you?
Well, in my mind the Molloy Brothers have mastered it. They are a great example and inspiration.
Thus, rather than start wildly ridiculous theoretical arguments, I will take the time to put together a few short edits to exemplify just how powerful each separate element of film is. Audio. Music. Image. Edits. Etcetera.
If you're interested feel free to link this article, and get back at us with a comment. See you there, I look forward to your critique.