The Who, What, Where, Why,|
How of AdirondacksOnLocation.com
With over thirty year's experience, Tahawus, Ltd. has developed a credibility factor in the field of outdoor recreation that can provide a high level of authenticity and excitement to outdoor productions. Joe Hackett established Tahawus, Ltd. in 1978 as a licensed, professional guide service providing adventure travel opportunities and quality instruction in numerous outdoor recreational pursuits. Tahawus has access to an extensive list of private properties due to long established contacts with numerous Adirondack Great Camps and a statewide network of outdoor guides and tourism officials.
Joe has functioned as an authenticity consultant for numerous production projects featuring outdoor sporting scenes. Beginning in 1981, as a site coordinator and on camera talent for a Nordic Skiing Special on ESPN's Reggie Jackson's Sportsworld; Joe has continued to function as a flyfishing instructor, shooting sports specialist, winter sports expert and rustic stylist for a vast spectrum of production projects. Since the late 1980's, the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development has utilized Tahawus, Ltd. as a primary resource for production services in the Adirondack region. For listing of recent projects, client list and references please click here.
This website is the product of a vision to create a user-friendly, comprehensive database to allow individuals involved in communications and production projects instant access to a wide range of location properties and resources available in the Adirondack region of New York State. This grew out of a recognized demand in the industry for a method to secure locations in a timely and professional manner. A unique feature of Adirondacksonlocation.com is the element of a "drive time turnaround" from the initial request for a specific property or look, to the actual viewing of the requested item on the clientÕs computer screen. Digital technology permits us to capture an image and post it on the web within a few minutes, so the final product is accessible within the time it takes to drive to the location.
In addition to physical properties, we have established a list of local human resources to meet the need for site managers, prop coordinators, art directors, stylists, makeup artists, grips/gaffers, lighting/sound specialists and production assistants. Tahawus also coordinates the necessary elements of production projects including location vans, cube trucks, catering, communications equipment and lodging to permit Directors and Production Managers to focus on the critical issues of the project; without having to worry about the minor details.
Tahawus also maintains a broad range of props and has resources available to supply vintage or modern camping and outdoor sports equipment, antique and classic automobiles and motorcycles, seaplanes, trains, stagecoaches, wagons and carriages, classic and antique boats,
canoes and guideboats, winter sporting equipment including ice boats, sleighs and dogsleds, as well as a wide variety of live animals and lifelike taxidermy mounts of wildlife. We have also established close relationships with local antique shops and rustic furniture designers to provide additional prop resources.
The Adirondack region has experienced a significant demand for production locations, due to a renewed interest in rustic architecture, furnishings and the ever increasing use of outdoor sporting scenes in production projects. The 6.5 million acre Adirondack Park is a sprawling land mass encompassing a vast mountain wilderness, which includes 2500 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and some of the most unique camp style architecture to be found anywhere, as well as, castles of stone and palaces of ice.
In addition, the village of Lake Placid is an exciting, vibrant sports oriented community that has functioned as host to two Winter Olympic Games, the inaugural Winter Goodwill Games, the inaugural ESPN Great Outdoor Games, the Isuzu Ironman USA and it remains a destination for world class sporting events. A home to the US Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid has maintained and upgraded the Olympic Winter Sports venues with the world's newest combined bobsled and luge track, as well as the fastest ski gondola in North America at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. The Olympic Arena boasts the greatest amount of artificial ice under one roof in the world and the Ski Jump Complex features two traditional jumping towers, as well as a state of the art, freestyle jumping facility. It is common to find both winter and summer sports athletes training daily on these facilities, as well as on our lakes and trails.
The Adirondacks are available for production projects year round. Our summer officially begins on July 4 and ends on Labor Day. This is the period when most of the camps and resorts are being heavily utilized by their owners and the public. As a result, access to some properties may be limited during this period. The late arrival of our Spring offers the opportunity to have an "Autumn look" from April until early June. Trees do not begin to bud until late May and the autumn browns are evident until mid June. Correspondingly, our early Fall, usually by mid October; affords a "Spring look" until late November. The peak foliage season is mid-September until mid-October, when the trees begin to lose their leaves. This timing has proven very advantageous for catalog shoots since the six month advance production schedule often coincides, quite nicely, with our established seasonal patterns. With a solid evergreen base of pine, cedar, balsam and hemlock, the area can also provide a backdrop with no seasonal definition, unless established by attendant props, activities and seasonally appropriate clothing.
With diametric size loads of shavings available daily from the Olympic Arena's four ice sheets, access to natural snow is year round. Numerous snow guns are also available that can be utilized, at temperatures below 32 degrees, to create actual snow conditions. Snowfall generally arrives by mid November and vanishes by early April, with ice setting up by December and leaving the lakes by early May. Summer is quite short with a span from late June until mid-September. Our lakes will have a morning mist coming off throughout most of the year. Most of the Olympic Sports
Venues are open and operating around Thanksgiving in late November and continue through late March.
Authenticity, Cost and Location. Production projects are cost accountable and the Adirondack region provides one of the best buys in the industry in terms of operating costs, location fees and per diem expenditures. Because most projects occur in the traditional off season, lodging facilities are very competitive, restaurants will extend special offers and the community will embrace the opportunity to provide a positive experience for productions.
The accessibility to authentic Olympic Sports venues, the availability of world class athletes training in one of the world's greatest sporting communities, the renowned rustic camp architecture and furnishings set against the backdrop of the largest protected wilderness area in the continental
United States, makes the Adirondack region the ideal location for production projects.
Lake Placid is accessible from NYC by auto in 5 hours or a 1 hour flight. USAir services the Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake, about 15 miles from Lake Placid. The reality is that most of the really great locations in the area are within a 30 mile radius of the airport and many of these can also provide meals and lodging on site. Amtrak serves the region to Westport, about 30 miles distant with shuttle service available.
When you see something you are interested in make note of the record number. Once you have found a single picture you like, click on the picture to view the larger image, then if you want to see the rest of the pictures of that particular location simply click on "View all pictures of this location".
The most effective way to find what you are looking for may be to call us. There will be someone available whenever possible, or leave us a message either via e-mail or phone and we will respond promptly. We are available to reshoot a property or seek out new properties on a per diem basis. With digital technology, we can cover several properties a day and download the images in a little over an hour, permitting almost instant access to the Adirondacks, on line.
The concept is simple: You have the ability to look through the database for a fee of $400. Please contact us directly for arrangements for payment and an individual access password. You can access instantly a vast number of locations without bearing the expense of sending a traditional location scout to do the job. Consultation and custom tailored location webpages are available on an individual basis. We will also reshoot locations more indepth with interiors, in current season and provide a "same day" turnaround for an additional fee. This is an entirely new approach to location scouting that we hope you will find as exciting, productive and useful as we do. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
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