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Filming for the Future

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 Filming for the Future - June 16th, 2015


Yesterday, we had the unique opportunity (privilege, really) to film directly on the Arrow rides at Six Flags Over Texas, that shaped the industry for decades to come. 

To the best of our knowledge, no one has been authorized to take mounted, POV of the ride beyond 1080p (standard hi-def), so we we're really setting the bar high for those who will follow us. Our hope is to ensure the footage remains relevant for years to come, even as broadcasting quality standards change.

First up, was the venerable mine train - first ever built - and certainly the one that all others since have and should be compared to. This was Ron Toomer's first-ever design, and the start of a relationship that would last for decades.

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

At the same time, I was next door, filming on the Mini Mine Train. It's now only one of two left in the world of its type.

Then it was onto El Aserradero, the world's first log flume. Much to our delight, flume 1 (the original) was not only open for filming, it REMAINED OPEN all day for our interview segment, something we were told was, "...only opened for special occasions or when the park was packed."

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

How honored are we?!? Because without that flume running, we couldn't shoot from the bridge overlooking the ride! Just one of the many ways the park went above and beyond to ensure this segment would be successful. 

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

Finally, we had the Chaparral Cars - the easiest of the rides to mount and film. One trip around the track and we were done for the day with POV.

After we locked up the equipment, we decided to head back into the park and enjoy the afternoon (I.E. ride the very attractions we had spend so long just filming).

If you haven't checked out Justice League: Battle for Metropolis yet - get off your rear and get to Over Texas or Mid-America (St. Louis). Easily one the best dark rides to open this decade at ANY American park. Disney included.


Bill, why? That Tropical Storm Guy...


Despite the success of POV day, even the best laid plans are subject to change without notice. In this case, Mother Nature decided that we needed an extra day in the DFW area, courtesy of Tropical Storm Bill.

 

Thankfully, we're looking good to get to our next destination, albeit a day later than originally expected. According to the latest forecasts, we should be ahead of the storm until we fly to Utah - but as we learned here this week, the weather forecast is only as good as the next 10 minutes.

Certifiably Amazing


Over the past few days, we've had the privilege of working directly with the Communications Team at Over Texas: Ms. Sharon Parker and Ms. Anastasia Reed. The two of them worked in perfect sync with one another to make sure we got the shots we needed - and to say we were appreciative would be an understatement.

You'll be seeing many plaques like this along our journey - because we feel it's important to take the time to recognize the effort they put in, dealing with US.

  

(Photo: Six Flags)

On behalf of the entire crew, our sincerest thanks to the entire team at Six Flags Over Texas for showing us their Southern Hospitality and for assisting us on "The Legacy of Arrow." Onto the Point, everyone!

 - 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 account!

Tags:  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Mine Train  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  POV  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  SFOT  Six Flags Over Texa  Six Flags Over Texas 

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Filming Commences at Six Flags Over Texas!

Posted By Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Monday, June 15, 2015

 
Filming Commences at Six Flags Over Texas! - June 14, 2015


Greetings, everyone!

Nicholas Laschkewitsch here - ACE's Video Promotions Coordinator! Today was day one of three of filming at the beautiful Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX. For Robert and myself, the park was entirely new, while Kris had visited before.

To start off the morning, Tim Baldwin gave us a quick little tour of the park where we got to experience New Texas GiantTitan, and the Arrow classic, Runaway Mine Train. From 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, we filmed on and around the Runaway Mine Train, El Aserradero, and the Chaparral Cars. Once filming came to a close for the day, and after a few close calls with thunderstorms threatening to close rides, we experienced the rest of the park at our leisure before calling it a day. Below are some photos from day 1.


Filming at El Aserradero. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

More filming at El Aserradero. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

    

Signs for the two mine trains. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

ACE Landmark Plaque for Runaway Mine Train(Photo: Robert Ingle)

 

Front Row, L to R: David Lipnicky, whom joined us for the evening, Robert Ingle, Kris Rowberry, Nicholas Laschkewitsch

Back: This ACE member ran into us at the park and told us he had not only heard about the documentary we've been cooking up, but also mentioned he had also been following along. Sounds like our social media posts are working!


 

And that wraps up this blog post -- stay tuned for more soon!

- Nicholas Laschkewitsch

 

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