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More Eye Candy from Abel and DeYoung

Two friends of the Spring Creek film have collaborated again.  My friends and sponsors at Abel Reels have released a new reel from the "DeYoung" Signature Series line.  I've been lucky enough to spend time in Abel's Camarillo Calfornia headquarters and I have seen first hand the incredibly labour intensive work that goes into making an Abel as well as the painstaking hand painted work that goes into each and every DeYoung series reel.  Just check out the film I did for Abel on the front of their webpage.  This time Don and the great people at Abel have chosen one of Derek DeYoung's brown trout flanks to grace another of their reels.  Here's the presser from Abel's website: "Some of our most popular fish graphic representations come from the genius of Montana artist Derek DeYoung.  In particular, his stunning, imaginative portrayals of brown, brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout on Abel Reels are coveted by both collectors and anglers who want to fish something “different.” Like all artists, Derek is compelled to find new ways to express himself.  He’s done countless representations of brownies, each another layer of his artistic onion. Derek’s latest – some say greatest – look at brown trout is now available on any size or model Abel Reel at an added surcharge of $200. Whether you plan on using the new DeYoung/Abel collaboration on the business end of a flyrod or displaying it on your mantle, it will be a joy forever." Right now I'm in the process of editing my digital short film featuring Derek DeYoung's artwork which was shot over a week that I spent with Derek in Livingston this past September. Derek had a prototype of the new reel at his studio and he let me have a look at it. It's pretty sweet. In fact you can see it in video in the post below, that shows a clip from the film that features many of the DeYoung Abel reels.  For more on Derek and his incredible artwork, hit him up at More Later T>    
26 Oct


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Recently I spent a week shooting with artist Derek DeYoung at his Livingston, Montana studio. I'm currently working on a short film that will feature Derek's artwork entitled "Canvasfish". I've been doing alot of rotoscoping in After Effects and just thought I would share a short clip that I've just finished for the film. All the colored reels are DeYoung signature series Abel Reels More Later T>
24 Oct


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Bought an Intervolumeter for my 7D for one specific shot for the film. Trying not to get sucked into the whole "timelapse" transition in film vortex. This weekend I was at Harrsion Hot Springs Hotel and did this test. It was shot off the balcony of our hotel room. The 4 second interval proved to be a little much making the whole things choppy. It was shot over a half hour using around 475 exposures then dropped into a 24 frame timeline. More Later T>
Father and son combo Andrew and Zachary Smith are on the soundtrack for Spring Creek. A few more of the musician/anglers I'm lucky enough to know personally and have their music grace my film. The other night I shot some "B roll" footage at Andrew and Zachary's CD relase concert for their new album "Travelling"  here in Kelowna. Filmmaker Martin Berthiaume is going to put together a hi lite reel of the a few songs from the night and Andrew asked me to shoot some footage for it. Below is some RAW footage from the evening that features the duo performing "African Tap" a song Andrew composed for one of Martin's documentary's entitled "An Orphan's Dream" Also included is the music video for "An Orphan's Dream" featuring Andrew's "African Tap" I'm pretty excited to have both Andrew and Zachary create some orignial music for Spring Creek. Andrew's command of the style speaks for itself......and this only scrathes the surface on the talent of these two great artists. More Later T>

Pete Caron looks for fish while I jib it up!

Budgetary restraint is REALLY the mother of invention........



No tilt? then just crane from the front it's smoother


Using the packs as counterbalance weights

5 Oct

The Crane Sessions

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4 Oct

Banner Days…

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Grip and Grin Baby!
A few weeks ago Pete Caron and I had arguably the best ever on our homewaters, the Kettle River. It was nice to see so many healthy fish after a summer of illegal angling and quite a mysterious dead fish finds.  We'd fish this stretch numerous times before but always walking on the bank upstream trying to spot fish and fish to them. This time we walked in from upstream and fished blindly downstream, fly first and the day was incredible. Fish were every where they should have been and healthy after a summer of feeding. The river showed just enough to restore my faith that it hasn't completely died yet.
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1 Oct

Fisknat Rainbow

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Bag O' Rainbow
 Small rainbow in a big net. A frame grab from some underwater footage taken awhile ago.