The US Open 2021: The Nature of Competitive Bass Fishing
The US Open is one of the greatest fishing tournament events in the world. The annual bass tournament is internationally recognized as a test of the best bass fishermen in the world. There are competitive fishermen from every state and multiple regions of the world who’s ultimate goal is to one day challenge themselves at the US OPEN.
White Clay films will use the re-emergence of the 2021 to showcase the authentic challenge, drama, excitement, and hard core anglers of west coast competitive bass fishing world. WCF will produce and distribute a full length feature film documenting the authenticity of the: “WON BASS U.S. Open”; its history, competitive anglers, staff, and beautiful location. The production will include pre and post film marketing that promote the raw, authentic, inside view of the US OPEN, from the perspective of the anglers and staff. The production will follow filmmaker and competitive bass fisherman d. l. Stiffarm and Pro competitive fisherman, Zach Lugibihl. Both anglers will compete against the field of over 200 of the top Bass Anglers in the world for the coveted US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP.
[CONFIDENTIAL PRODUCTION NOTE: White Clay Films, LLC (Project: US Open 2021: The Nature of Competitive Bass Fishing)]Production note: a trained film writer designs a script to meet the key factors that support a compelling story, event, and film. Every successful story, film, novel, script will have the same structure that is sometimes overlooked or simply misunderstood. Converting the written word into a successful film requires the story to possess at least one factor known as, “the fatal flaw.” The story, novel, film, often climax as the protagonist overcomes the flaw, or the flaw is revealed as a positive, often the most positive, attribute of the character. The challenge is manifested beyond the protagonist’s control, reveled as a sort of character flaw…that ultimately becomes an unseen gift. This story telling method is most notable in the script for the film, Forest Gump. The character is written with a variety of perceived developmental flaws. These flaws lead the character to choice, and situations that push the protagonist forward to face, and ultimately overcome, some of life’s greatest challenges or obstacles, perceived or not. This method of filmmaking allows the audience to root for, and relate to, the ability, or destiny of the main character. Vicariously, we over come the situation, challenges, and demands of a world that sometimes feels far beyond our control.
The US Open, its history, venue, staff, and most importantly, its competitors, create a uniquely compelling, intergang American story, set in an exceptional cinematic setting.
The compelling aspect of the film is the story and history behind the competition and the tournament. Secondly, the competitors themselves, their varied background, their abilities, as well as their dedication and commitment required at this level. Finally, Lake Mead has a unique beauty that will compliment the film and broaden its potential audience. The “fatal flaw” of this script is encapsulated in the anglers themselves.
The 2021 WON BASS U.S. OPEN is a demanding competitive fishing event pitting some of the countries toughest anglers against hard core up and comer’s. “The U.S. OPEN 2021: The Nature of Competitive Bass Fishing” follows the authentic story of competitive anglers, providing an inside look at what it takes to be one. Fiercely competitive, every angler has their story, the amazing truth of how they got to the US OPEN, and what it means to them. The US OPEN and Lake Mead challenge competitors mentally, physically, technically, and instinctually. The tournament is so demanding that only the most dedicated, talented, experienced and obsessive; rise to the top. Anglers face a variety of unknowns. Changing weather, other competitors, finicky bass, and the stress of constant decision making and adaptation… everyone handles the pressure differently. Why anyone would take the pursuit of fishing this far…to this level of extreme?
In most societies, those who push too hard, behave obsessively, take on a pursuit that consumes their existence, are often called, unstable, lost, or even, insane…in competitive bass fishing, they are called champions.
The films hook will be the authentic nature of competitive bass fishermen, and the demands they place on themselves and their lives to simply prove they are the best. This overwhelming obsession, passion, love, addiction… is the core of what makes them whole, alive, living on the edge of possibility and often, all by themselves. The beauty in learning the truth about yourself – and the confidence in knowing you can trust your instincts.