Producer, Director, & Cinematographer: RA Beattie
Beattie was born, quite literally, into the entertainment business. His grandfather, Bob Beattie, was in another country filming an episode of Wide World of Sports on RA’s birth date. So, an ABC camera crew went to the hospital, captured RA’s first day on video. Bob Beattie coached the U.S. Ski Team, and his name has been synonymous with skiing since the 1960s. After coaching, Bob commentated the Olympics, Wide World of Sports, and ended his career with his own show, Ski World, on ESPN. RA grew up playing in production trailers at ski races, hanging out with camera crews, and watching B-roll with his father and grandfather. He developed a passion for TV at a young age, but ski racing wasn’t in his blood. He was a fisherman at heart, growing up in Aspen, Colorado, and fishing on Woody Creek, which ran through his family’s property, right next door to American legend Hunter S. Thompson.
He attended Full Sail University and mastered the technical side of film and TV production. He became obsessed with filmmaking and traveled the world through his late 20s. He was on the ground floor during the conception and development of the fly-fishing film industry. Beattie has produced some of the most successful fly-fishing media of all time. His has been honored with over a dozen industry awards. His films perform at the top of the sales charts year after year.
Beattie has produced commercial marketing media and has partnered with top fishing and outdoor companies. He’s traveled to every continent to film and has a first recorded river descent under his belt in Alaska in 2006. In 2016–17, he produced one of the highest-budget fly fishing films to-date with Dubai Tourism, Dubai on the Fly. This film required his team to work alongside the state-run tourism board of a heavily monitored military state and take editorial guidance from a largely Islamic panel of reviewers. The experience was a tremendously creative and cooperative diplomatic effort, and a very sophisticated production schedule was pulled off with one scouting trip and one week of filming in the Emirates.
RA’s list of connections in the outdoor industry spans the globe, from lodge owners to guides to angling manufacturers. His profound understanding of fish behavior and fishing, combined with a knack for storytelling and producing quality entertainment, makes him one of the most talented, driven, and desired outdoor media producers on the planet.
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