Friendship. Fly fishing. A thirst for adventure.
Over two trips that totaled in nine shooting days, our Kitchen Sink film crew went out and explored the area around Lees Ferry near the Glen Canyon Dam in Northern Arizona. With nothing more than pure love for what they do, each other and the sport of fly fishing, “Vermillion” is what resulted.
Majestic, red canyon walls, the emerald green waters of the Colorado, wildlife, the small surrounding towns, brotherly bonds, and the state’s best spot for fly fishing were all captured in our studio’s latest short film — which we think is one incredible testament to our capabilities as not just a design consultancy, but also a film production studio.
Everything from original concept, storyboarding, permitting, travel, filming, equipment, editing, sound design, color correction, cinematography, aerial photography, narration, and filming was all done by the KSS crew. The list goes on and on, showing clients how we can, under one roof, provide a full scope of services to tell their story and create beautiful, creative films.
“Vermillion” features underwater, timelapse, aerial, landscape, slow-motion and macro shots. With each person of the crew’s seven-member team that played a role in the film, we were able to work efficiently and really sink our teeth into the process.
“I’m really excited to see where this can take us, I think it really sets us apart,” said partner and co-founder Kory Kapfer.
Our main octocopter pilot, Devin Gritton, said he spent about seven months training before taking Jenny out to Lees Ferry for filming.
“It was a little nerve-wracking, because it’s not cheap and the canyon was blowing 25+ knots,” said Gritton. “But I enjoy the challenge of flying something like this.”
When counting the canyon floor, Jenny flew up to about 900 feet for the film, though that’s not even close to the height she can fly. But the real test of skill was keeping the octocopter stable in windy weather and using the controls much like “second-nature” once out in the desert landscape.
Our underwater shots by Justin Zellars took some finessing as well. Zellars said he shot for hours on end in shallow water to get the trout feeding. In rigging his own weight and mini-tripod, he was able to leave the cameras rolling underwater with protective casing. Though only a few of his shots made it into the final cut, the long grueling hours to get just the right shot of trout underwater was well worth it.
For the film’s narration, we used our very own studio photographer and project manager Tim Stansell, who also served in getting nature shots, using telephoto lenses for long shots out at Lees Ferry and helping with coloring post production.
The team used a number of DSLR cameras, Jenny the Octocopter, a Sony FS-700 for slow-motion, our RED camera, and other equipment for the film, along with help from friends and fisherman Terry Gunn of Lees Ferry Anglers and the Lees Ferry Lodge at Vermilion Cliffs. Before the trip, our crew had to gain a variety of permits to film within the area and on the river. Once everything was approved, we were good to go!
The crew’s love for the outdoors and Arizona’s hidden gems is clear with “Vermillion” and others like “Coconino.” As a studio, we’re more than excited and proud of the crew who put their hearts and souls into what they do. This is just the start to a bright future here at Kitchen Sink. We hope you stick around for the ride.
“This film has broadened and bolstered our knowledge and experience in a niche we feel is quickly growing within the marketplace. This allows us to reach out to our peers, as well as existing and potential clients, who may see this medium as a format to tell their story—and hopefully we’ll be the ones to help them tell it!” Hower said.