Documentary Team Used Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Jay Ankeney, TVTechnology

For some content creators, the exploding proliferation of recording formats and devices is a chaotic maelstrom. But for adventurous HD pioneers like Randall P. Dark, it’s like diving into a smörgåsbord of options, each providing unique opportunities to bring evocative video and audio to the screen. Read More

Seadrift vs The Big Guy Trailer on Studio Daily

Beth Marchant, Studio Daily

Director Randall P. Dark used 12 different cameras, ranging from 4K to a GoPro helmet-cam, to capture the footage in this documentary about an unlikely athlete who competes in the Texas Water Safari, a treacherous canoe race from the headwaters of the San Marcos River to the Gulf Coast. The film is executive produced by Dark and Jeff McAdams, its subject, and edited by Adrianne Parent. Read More

Dark Chooses Sachtler for Seadrift vs The Big Guy Doc


Austin-based filmmaker Randall Dark is known for choosing unusual documentary subject matter, and he says that Sachtler’s camera support equipment meets his needs for his more challenging shots. Dark and co-producer Jeff McAdams recently launched their new company DARKmania Productions with a feature documentary called “Seadrift vs. the Big Guy,” about the annual Texas Water Safari dubbed “The World’s Toughest Canoe Race.” Read More

Seadrift Documentary Uses 4K Imagery to Chart Unforeseen Waters


When I decided to shoot Seadrift vs. The Big Guy, my original premise was to follow the story of Jeff McAdams, a funny, larger-than-life character who decided to tackle the Texas Water Safari. Arguably the toughest canoe race in the world, it’s a nonstop, 260-mile race with a 100-hour deadline. A brash, overweight Texan who smoked and drank – and hadn’t been in a canoe since he was a boy scout – Jeff was the perfect subject for a lighthearted feature documentary about man versus nature. Read More