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‘The Old Country’ Shoots for the Future…in 4K

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Sunday, June 28, 2015
Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

‘The Old Country’ Shoots for the Future…in 4K - June 25, 2015



Once again we were up early for shooting at Busch Gardens Williamsburg – this time for Loch Ness Monster and Le Scoot log flume, bot classic Arrow rides that were built right in Mountain View, CA.

First up, was the legendary Loch Ness Monster, a very re-rideable Arrow multi-looper that takes significant advantage of the topography of the park (mostly the ravine of the Rhine River. It also features a triple helix inside the “monster’s cave” and the only interlocking vertical loops on any roller coaster in the world.

Upon meeting up with our awesome PR contact Emily in the morning, we headed over to “Nessie” to check out the camera rig.

Since the park was looking to update their footage of the ride (the last time they did Nessie was several years ago; Le Scoot had never been filmed before for POV) it worked out well to knock out two shoots in one day. After a few runs on Nessie both forward and reverse, we scooted over to Le Scoot to setup there.

 (Photo: Robert Ingle)

While we’ve only seen the footage on a computer, we know it’s going to look great in 4K just about anywhere.  And the best part – it’s all authorized and done with park permission…you can’t beat that.

The flume proved to be a bit more difficult to get “just right” but we managed to wrap up filming just as guests were entering the park, which has been one of our goals on the trip – to be an unobtrusive to operations as possible.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

After a delicious lunch at yet ANOTHER fantastic restaurant inside the park (Trapper’s BBQ in Canada) we finished our remaining shots and began interviews with employees. The stories they told us and the anecdotes they used were so powerful, we guarantee they’ll make an impact on you in the final film. Needless to say, Arrow made a far-reaching impact from their relatively small facility in the Bay Area.

 

Above: Interviewing BGW Park President, Carl Lum. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

We've currently been filming in and around the Salt Lake City area, where we hear there’s a new coaster that just might be opening while we’re there. Stay tuned!

 

(Photo: BGW)

Ride on!

- Kris Rowberry

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Busch Gardens  Busch Gardens Williamsburg  Kris Rowberry  Le Scoot  Loch Ness  Loch Ness Monster  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  The Old Country  Virginia 

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Day 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Thursday, June 25, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    

Day 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - June 24, 2015


We've had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing parks with incredible hospitality and staff on this documentary project so far.

And then we came here to Williamsburg, Virginia - and were completely blown away...

But first, the weather. After yet another intense round of thunderstorm and rain, mercifully the heat and humidity were down today.

After meeting up with our contact Emily (who has been nothing short of amazing) we met up with the "Roller Coaster Insider" tour group. Busch offers this amazing tour that gives you behind the scenes looks at their major rides, including a ride to the top of their Griffon drop coaster via the emergency funicular.

 

The views - to die for. The guides were very knowledgeable and the access is second to none. How other parks don't start up tours like this (surprise, you can make money off it) is shocking to me.


After peeking into Verbolten's showroom, it was off to lunch at Festhaus - perennially voted best theme park food in the world. And we tasted why. It felt like I was back on der Weisn in Munich, except no one was dancing on the benches (yet).

Then, the reason we came to Virginia - Loch Ness Monster. This Arrow masterpiece was built in 1978, and we discovered several interesting quirks about it. For instance, one section was built SIX FEET out of alignment. So, the boys from Arrow heated up the section with torches, and bent it into shape. Can't say that about a B&M...

      

Tomorrow. June 25, is an early start - POV of Nessie and Le Scoot, the log ride. Until next time, coaster fans - ride on!

- Kris Rowberry

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

 

We've had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing parks with incredible hospitality and staff on this documentary project so far.

And then we came here to Williamsburg, Virginia - and were completely blown away...

But first, the weather. After yet another intense round of thunderstorm and rain, mercifully the heat and humidity were down today.

After meeting up with our contact Emily (who has been nothing short of amazing) we met up with the "Roller Coaster Insider" tour group. Busch offers this amazing tour that gives you behind the scenes looks at their major rides, including a ride to the top of their Griffon drop coaster via the emergency funicular.

The views - to die for. The guides were very knowledgeable and the access is second to none. How other parks don't start up tours like this (surprise, you can make money off it) is shocking to me.

After peeking into Verbolten's showroom, it was off to lunch at Festhaus - perennially voted best theme park food in the world. And we tasted why. It felt like I was back on der Weisn in Munich, except no one was dancing on the benches (yet).

Then, the reason we came to Virginia - Loch Ness Monster. This Arrow masterpiece was built in 1978, and we discovered several interesting quirks about it. For instance, one section was built SIX FEET out of alignment. So, the boys from Arrow heated up the section with torches, and bent it into shape. Can't say that about a B&M...

Tomorrow is an early start - POV of Nessie and Le Skoot, the log ride. Until next time, coaster fans - ride on!

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Busch Gardens  Busch Gardens Williamsburg  Kris Rowberry  Le Scoot  Loch Ness  Loch Ness Monster  Nessie  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle 

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