"Extreme Velocity: Mountains and Mud" ATV Video by Tahoe Films
For those of you who thrill watching the
Xtreme Games on ESPN and who want to see
outrageous footage of 4x4 ATV riders doing
astonishing things, there is a DVD
available called Extreme Velocity: Mountains and
Mud. Produced by Tahoe Films, film exclusively
features 4x4 quad back country mountain riding.
You won't find any sand riding in this video.
The video is available at the Tahoe Films
http://www.totalvid.com, and at some ATV
dealerships around the United States and Canada.
It is also being distributed by Impact Video, a
company that is known for distributing
motorcycle, and motocross videos. It has already been
shipped as far away as Germany.
This video is the first in what Tahoe Films
hopes is a series of Xtreme ATV films, said
Thomas Opre, owner of Tahoe Films and producer,
director and cinematographer of the film.
Opre started Tahoe Films 16 years ago. It
specializes in shooting national television
spots, dealer/product sales films,
documentaries, and producing national print
advertising campaigns, and feature films for the
motorized outdoor recreation products trade
which includes ATVs, snowmobiles, and personal
watercrafts. The company also produces films for
the hunting and fishing industry. Thomas Opre
has produced and/or directed projects Sea Doo
watercraft, Sea Doo Jet Boats, Procraft Marine,
Suzuki Outboards, Unocal 76, Ski-Doo
Snowmobiles, Ford Motorsports, Suzuki
Motorcycles, Celebrity Boats, Parmalat Milk, The
Discovery Channel, PBS, Arctic Cat Tigershark,
Pizza Hut, Gevalia Coffee, and the Florida
Marlins Baseball Team. Extreme Velocity:
Mountains and Mud is the first ATV xtreme action
video. Plans are to produce a new film each
The idea of doing an xtreme action ATV film
has roots in another series of xtreme films
produced by Tahoe Films. The company has been
producing xtreme videos featuring snowmobile
riders for the past four years under the title
Extreme Velocity: The Sled Heads Series and Opre
directed the first Mountain Mod Mania Sled
"I enjoy the sports that I shoot and I live
the life," said Opre. "I started taking out some
of our high end video cameras and 16 mm film
cameras so that we could shoot footage of
snowmobilers like the Warren Miller ski films.
These videos have a lot of intense action
sprinkled with good human interest aspects. The
common thread in these videos is that all the
riders featured eat, drink, and sleep
"A lot of the same guys we film on
snowmobiles are also avid ATV riders who like to
go up into the mountains," continued Opre. "So
we decided to do a video on xtreme back country
ATV action which we filmed last Summer and early
Fall. We went from Utah all the way to Northern
British Columbia filming different people riding
nothing but quads in the mountains and mud.
"The snowmobilers I film are very passionate
about their sport and they have interesting
backgrounds in their lives," added Opre. "A vast
majority of them enjoy motorized recreation and
in the summertime when they can't run their
snowmobiles a lot of them jump on their ATVs.
They do things that may not quite be as radical
as what they do on their snowmobiles but still
pretty radical stuff. Some of them modify their
utility quads and rip it up in the mountains.
It's pretty epic!"
Opre explained that his business takes him to
many trade shows for snowmobile manufacturers.
He attends shows from New York to Seattle,
Washington and into Edmonton and Calgary, Canada
and parts of the western United States. He runs
into a lot of people at these trade shows who
pass him names of people who are extreme
snowmobile riders. "That's how we found the
snowmobilers we work with," said Opre. "And as
we work with them we end up networking out. We
ride with a bunch of them and they introduce us
to more people. I travel to each region and go
out with them and rip it out in the mountains
and shoot some cool film."
The rides take place on designated riding
areas. According to Opre, 99.9 percent of the
footage showing riding in mud is filmed on
private property with the permission to ride and
film from the owner of that land. All the riders
are very experienced. "I tell the riders not to
do anything they wouldn't normally do," said
Opre. "We want people to showcase their riding
ability riding where they like to ride. They are
all well experienced in doing this."
The average riders featured in the film are
in their mid 30s or early 40s. The entire group
may include riders who are in their early 20s to
50s. "They have great skill levels and they are
comfortable riding their ATVs in the mountains,"
said Opre. The theme that keeps the film
together is the location where the footage is
shot or a particular ride the group is involved
Tahoe Films did all the production and post
production work in house at its office in Swan
Valley, Montana and Opre narrated the film and
edited the footage together. Sound designer Kim
Deardorff did the final mixing and sound in
Nashville. The music comes from bands that Opre
has researched from all over North America. "We
like to use a lot of hard rock n roll with a lot
of energy and power. But if I don't understand
the lyrics, it doesn't make the cut," quipped
Opre. "It's family oriented music. I want the
film to be good clean fun that's visibly
"If something happened, we tried to visually
show it. If we couldn't show it, then I did a
voice over to lead into what is happening," Opre
There is a lot of action shots where there is
no music or narration. Instead, the viewer hears
the real sound of the ATV motor and the
splashing through water and mud.
Future plans are to do a series of these
videos. "We hope to sell enough of the last one
to finance the next one," said Opre. "I look
forward to filming 4x4 ATVs every Spring,
Summer, and Fall."
For those of you who want to see the video
now you can download it from
http://www.totalvid.com. Your computer must
have Windows, Windows Media, Players File, or
Quick Time software to be able to watch the
film. You can watch the film for seven days. The
cost of the download is $3.99. You can then buy
the film and the $3.99 previously paid will be
discounted off the retail price.