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By Robert Janis

Extreme Velocity: Mountains & Mud 2
Extreme Velocity: Mountains & Mud 2 Series Continues Where It Left Off Down and Dirty

Tahoe Films, Ltd. has released the second, all 4x4 quad film, in the Extreme Velocity: Mountains and Mud video series. The DVD showcases a huge variety of ATV riding throughout North America.

Thomas Opre, a cinematographer and owner of Tahoe Films, Ltd., directed the video.

Opre started Tahoe Films 17 years ago. The company 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 watercraft. The company also produces films for the hunting and fishing industry.

Thomas Opre has produced and/or directed projects for Sea Doo watercraft, Sea Doo Jet Boats, Procraft Marine, Suzuki Outboards, Unocal 76, Ski-Doo Snowmobiles, Ford Motorsports, Suzuki Motorcycles, Celebrity Boats, Polaris ATV, The Discovery Channel, Bombardier ATV, Arctic Cat Tigershark, Pizza Hut, Chevrolet, and Mastercraft Boats. He produced and released Extreme Velocity: Mountains and Mud, the first ATV Xtreme action video in the series, last year. The film was recently nominated for an Xtremey Award for "Best Quad Video of the Year."

“The purpose of the Mountain and Mud Series is to highlight the great sport of off-road 4x4 quad riding all over North America and hopefully all over the world,” said Opre. “We wanted to showcase all the different types of terrain that riders have available to them. Also, we felt that it was important since there is no other type of sport DVD series that encompasses strictly 4x4 quad, sport riding.”

The video includes quad riding in British Columbia, Canada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, California, Texas, and Louisiana. Shooting took place throughout most of 2006. It took almost eight months to compile the footage.

In each region, Opre filmed riders who are serious about the sport of ATV. “We shot stuff in the deepest mud in the south where one of our big sponsors is Highlifter Products of Shreveport, Louisiana,” said Opre. “They have some amazing ATVs that are lifted with 28-inch tires to go through the mud. It is incredible the kind of modifications they can do to an ATV.

“Because of what they can do with the modifications, the riding is really intense,” continued Opre. “We were able to showcase Team Highlifter and Team Bad Company, which are teams that compete in mud cross racing and various other types of mud ATV events. We shot both teams riding in the Mud Creek ATV Park outside Jacksonville, Texas where they hold the ATV Mud Nationals.”

Opre was also able to include snow riding in Montana and big mountain riding in British Columbia. “We were able to include some alpine trail riding,” said Opre. “We were actually up on the tops of 8, 9, 10,000-foot peaks and ridges. We shot some magnificent, beautiful scenery, plus it took some real intense riding to get there. Think major pucker factor!”

California was the location for all rock crawling footage. Opre said, “We met early last year with guys from the website ATVobsession.com. They are basically a group of enthusiasts out of central California who like to take their ATVs to places no one has ever gone before in the rock crawling world. These guys took me to Fordyce Creek, which is north of the Rubicon-Tahoe area, and they did some insane rock crawling. They rode over mega boulders and up through granite shoots. It wasn’t super fast stuff because it’s pretty dangerous. However, you can see the skill level of these guys. Because of the way they have their ATVs rigged, they are able to do great riding and go places with ATVs where any normal person wouldn't even think of taking an ATV.”

Opre has created a network of sponsors who supported Mountain and Mud 2. “We’ve been able to pitch the DVD series to several businesses that have a vested interest in the sport. One is Polaris. Their dealer level, Kurt's Polaris of Missoula, Seeley Lake, and Missoula, Montana (kurtspolaris.com), has helped us with equipment and finances. Highlifter Products (http://highlifter.com) jumped in big time once they saw the quality of the filming and the entire scope of the series.”

Recently, Warn Winches (warn.com) joined the list of sponsors and is supporting the production of Mountains and Mud 3, which Opre has just started filming, having already completed shoots at the ATV Mud Nationals in Texas and rock crawling in Moab, Utah.

Businesses associated with the sport can become a sponsor by simply contacting Opre. Go to the company website
(www.tahoefilms.com) for contact information.

Mountains and Mud 1 & 2 are being distributed by Impact Video, which is based in California, Platinum Distributing of Montreal, Canada, and Highlifter Products. It will soon be available to dealers in the Parts Unlimited catalogue.

“The distributors put it in their catalogs, and ATV dealers buy them and then sell them to consumers,” explained Opre.

You can also get access to the video through the Internet through various means including direct from Tahoe Films, Ltd. (www.tahoefilms.com) where you can always find great package deals, or you can log on to www.totalvid.com and download any of the Tahoe Films' videos. A seven-day rental costs $3.99. You can also purchase the videos from that website. If you had rented the video, the $3.99 fee will be deducted off the price.

Opre added that he is upgrading the Tahoe Films website (www.tahoefilms.com) so you will be able to download videos. “We hope to have the capability up and running by the end of the year,” he said.

The future looks bright for Tahoe Films and their work to promote ATV riding. The company has been in contact with a television cable company about producing extreme ATV action programming for that cable outlet. “We are in negotiations now,” commented Opre.


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