For the latest video in the series Of Souls and Water, Forge Motion Pictures followed kayaker Ben Marr to Canada. The 25-year-old surfed a handful of big waves, from a rapid named Coliseum in the Ottawa River to a series on the Mistassibi River near the town of Saint-Stanislas, Quebec. He also spent some time paddling at night. We asked Skip Armstrong at Forge Motion Pictures why it looks like Marr's boat is on fire while he flips and turns.
The answer is, because there's a flame on the back of it. The crew attached a marine flare to the stern of Marr's kayak. Assistant director Thatcher Bean got the idea from a surfing video.
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