Folsom film connections run deep with ‘Dangerous Waters’
“Dangerous Waters,” a 10-episode reality show debuting March 4 on high-def cable network HDNet, sets a successful precedent for the type of film projects that can be produced locally, according to the Folsom Film Commission.
In “Dangerous Waters” five men embark on a 4,500-mile adventure riding 11-foot Sea-Doo personal watercrafts from Seattle to Alaska and across the Bering Strait to Russia. During the 65-day trip they film their encounters with grizzlies and other wildlife, and document their challenges with fuel and mechanical problems, extreme weather and rough seas.
The Folsom connection
Red Barn Films, a full-service motion picture and television production company based in Folsom, edited 1,500 hours of raw footage of the “Dangerous Waters” adventure, producing 10, one-hour episodes in record time to meet network deadlines. Owners Kevin Beck and Jaime Tafoya served as co-executive producers of the series.
Folsom resident and series creator Steven Moll filmed his group’s epic journey at sea, then happily discovered Red Barn Films had the capabilities and experience to produce the series just minutes from his home — not in LA, as Moll expected. “I was delighted to stay local, and keep my travel time down,” said Moll.
That also was great news to Folsom Film Commissioner Mary Ann McAlea, who established the film commission in 2011 and serves as the liaison between film producers and the local community. “Folsom is being discovered as a film venue for its great local talent, beautiful scenery, and a vibrant infrastructure to host film crews,” McAlea said.
“We’ve had several movie productions, television programs and commercials filmed in Folsom. ‘Dangerous Waters’ is an exciting example of how Folsom has become a hub for film production services,” she added.
The Red Barn Films team completed the “Dangerous Waters” project in five months — nearly twice as fast as standard industry production schedules. How did they manage this feat? “We had multiple writers, editors, graphic artists and producers working round-the-clock in four editing bays,” said producer/co-owner Jaime Tafoya. Business partner and creative director Kevin Beck, with 20 years of post-production experience, supervised the project.
They shared technical services, equipment and facilities with Torrey Loomis, owner of Silverado Studios of Folsom.
“We love being a part of an international national project that uses Folsom-based talent and infuses funds into the local economy,” said Tafoya. “The Folsom Film Commission has been a huge asset, creating a healthy environment for growth of the local film industry.”
“The region’s creative talent pool is the best of the best,” added Beck.
World premier March 7
Three Stages at Folsom Lake College will host the world premier of the series on March 7, beginning at 7 p.m. The evening features an episode of “Dangerous Waters” and discussion by the producers.
About Red Barn Films
Red Barn Films offers state-of-the-art production and post-production services in Folsom, with a satellite office in Studio City. It specializes in television, motion pictures and on-air advertising. Its team of directors, producers, photographers, writer, graphic artists and editors works on a wide variety of TV, motion picture and new media projects. Network affiliations include FOX, FOX Sports, TLC, FX, Spike TV, My Lifetime and National Geographic.
A 15-year resident of the area and a lifelong “film nut,” Tafoya got into film as a youngster. “If you saw the movie ‘Super 8,’ that was me,” said the El Dorado Hills resident. Tafoya continued to hone his craft first as a hobby, then as a college student. He took film production courses at Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, then went on to produce several independent feature films and internet-based multi-media projects. Tafoya’s resume includes local work with the Emmy winning TV series “Deadliest Catch” and credit as assistant director on the feature film, “Bloodline.”
Born in LA and raised in El Dorado County, Beck returned to L.A. at the age of 16 and worked for April Films as a production assistant and assistant editor, based at internationally known Post Group in Hollywood. Beck moved up to online editing and directing, eventually winning a 1998 Promax Award as a writer/producer for the “X-Files” series premiere campaign. He returned to Northern California five years ago “for a better quality of life,” working for Sacramento network affiliates. Beck met Tafoya while they both worked on the TV program “Experience El Dorado,” which aired on ABC News 10. With a focus on producing television pilots, they formed Red Barn Films in 2009.