“We just need one fish. One fish will complete a film.”
Tropical Storm Erika would become one of the most powerful natural disasters to hit parts of the Caribbean in over three decades. Winds reached 53mph. On the cusp of it, three die-hard fish fanatics waded in the warm waters of Key West recording a 30-minute permit fishing feature called “t.Falcatus.”
“No one has ever done a film where they actually caught a lot of permit in the hardest spot on Earth to catch one,” says Frankie Marion of C1Films. “There are plenty done with lots of near misses and one or two caught, but they all seem to be about the angler, which is sad and narcissistic. The fish are why we are all there, and they’re what should be the star of any fishing film.”
Marion says “t.Falcatus” is just that — a fishing film about the fish that started as an idea to catch some good permit while fly fishing.
“We started out the first few days by seeing a lot of close calls on day one with no bites,” Marion recounts. “We had Tropical Storm Erika bearing down on us, and what I thought would be a disaster proved to be a blessing in disguise.”
That blessing resulted in a surreal permit fishing experience after what Marion describes as a battle pitting camera equipment against brutal rain and wind. “The next day got us our first fish,” he says. “and a very special one at that. We were able to capture the first-ever tagged permit on film.”
After that, Marion says, the chase was on. The following day saw a total of seven permit landed on a fly. The resulting film from C1 is a snapshot of that day.
To check it out, follow the link to the HD video hosted on C1Film’s website.
Marion is quick to point out that the film was made on the crew’s own dime, with no help from sponsors.
“I really wanted to make sure there was no personal opinion infused into the film and to keep it just about these incredible fish,” he says.
“t.Falcatus” is being released on a “pay what you want” premise.
“I’ve been really excited to release a film in this manner and hope that people will understand what it allows me to do from a production standpoint,” Marion says. “I hope that people watching it understand there is no obligation to pay anything. I am not begging for money. If people watch the film and feel that its worth supporting and do, we are eternally grateful. I try to put out films that make people want to fish, for anything. I hope ‘t.Falcatus’ makes you want to jump up and hit the water. If it does, then I have done my job.”