Category Archives: Travel and Tourism

I grew up working and living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This small town’s economy is based on tourism, commercial fishing, real estate and construction. My company East Coast Motions produced Television Programs about the Outer Banks. Since then I have been able to see and understand the other side of the coin in regards to tourism and travel.

East Coast Motions Volume III

Snowshoe Crew ’92

Snowboarding was brand new and gear hard to come by.  The hard-cores at Snowshoe  WV were on it early and learned the hard way.  Guys like Bernie Wheeler, Gil Willis and my OBX Surf Tribe were loving it.

This project was funded by the proceeds of my previous film, East Coast Motions Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast.  A difficult production as access was limited by the resort and I literally had to smuggle my gear in and out of remote locations.  Back then it was a two piece 3/4″ Set Up with exposed wires, plugs etc.  As you can imagine it was a nightmare to keep the gear dry and in working order.

Snowshoe was so remote that I had to use the payphone in nearby Slatyfork to conduct business.   I would pull my van up to the window access phone and sleep while I waited for return calls from by various video clients and distributors.

To make matters worse, I  broke my leg and got laid up for a while at the end of the season.  My production company folded up at this time and I had to do the edits on overnights at various production facilities.

Here’s the full length feature film:

 

Lots of funny stories from that winter.  The vehicle of choice was an old 3/4″ ton work van with a load of firewood in the back for weight and some snow tires for traction. I drove to Timberline for one of the segments with a snowboard friend from France that didn’t speak much english.  On the way back my transmission went out during a raging blizzard.  Reverse was the only gear that worked and I had to drive up backwards on the mountain between Buckannon and Elkins.  Michel kept muttering “Mon Dieux Mon Dieux”.  I had the door cracked and just followed the edge of the road up.  We turned around at the top and coasted down the other side to the relative safety of a service station.  I had to call the OBX to score a local Elkins contact to come get us.  I ended up selling the broken down Van to a farmer that wanted the firewood and needed a dry place to store it.

If you want a DVD or personal copy just hit me up, bmur@surfdogmedia.com

 

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1993 Canaan Valley Ski Resort

The Travel and Tourism Industry caters to the need for recreation.  It can be hard work making sure that your guests are having fun.  While working at WTRF, Mark Davis and I traveled around visiting area attractions that are within driving distance of Wheeling WV.

Here is a period piece about one such resort in Canaan Valley WV.  This is an old dub (copy).

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BEACH TV RE-BOOT

I am happy to announce that Beach TV is back on DVD. This collection of all your favorite Outer Banks Sites, Sounds and Adventures can be yours.

Romancing The Storms

  • THE PERFECT STORM
  • LIFESAVING STATIONS
  • BONNER BRIDGE COLLAPSE
  • GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC
  • BLIZZARDS AND HURRICANES

Tournament ’87

Get up close and personal with the crazy fishermen and fisherwomen of the 1987 Nags Head Surf Fishing Tournament.     Join the crew of Beach TV as they travel the beaches and interview all of the teams.

Hatteras Surf Feast

The Outer Banks has a rich Surf History and some of the best waves on the East Coast. Take a look at surf from all seasons of the year.

Meet some of the locals and check out visiting professional surfers.

Best of Beach TV

Beach TV covered the events and activities of the Outer Banks Lifestyle from 1987 through 1991.  Meet the old-timers and take a walk down memory lane.  See what the Old Time Outer Banks was really like.

Outer Banks to Outer Space

A compilation of the many inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame. Includes Military Fly-Overs, Interviews with Historians, Astronauts and Famous Aviators.

 

Please enjoy this short excerpt from “Romancing The Storms”

Just Drop me an email:  bmur@surfdogmedia.com put the title or titles you want in the subject line.   I can direct invoice you the $15.

THANKS!!

Bryan Murray

 

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Discovering the Sony Betacam

In 1993 I had left the Outer Banks and starting Snowboarding.  I borrowed a Sony Betacam and took it to the coast for Hurricane Emily and also to Snowshoe WV to document the emerging sport of snowboarding.  One of my first edits was  “Riders on the Storm”

STORMBUTTON

Discovering the BetaCam Format after shooting 3/4″ Video was amazing. BetacamTechnology had upgraded picture quality and the newer cameras did not need a separate recording unit.  The entire unit weighed in around 20 lbs and retailed for $60,000.  Needless to say most videographers kept them on a Tripod and this limited the type of footage you would see.  I liked to shoulder this beast and carry it around snowboarding.

 

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