I never thought I would have this many five question interviews with the folks behind disc golf media. The willingness to spend a few minutes answering a poor ole’ country boy’s questions astounds me. This week, as the title says, I bring you Marty McGee, better known as McFlySoHigh on Youtube.
Starting out with his own Youtube channel of disc golf videos, Marty is presently engaged with Prodigy Discs producing the same high quality videos for their Youtube channel. He’s covered many of our favorite tournaments and continues to show that video on Youtube doesn’t have to look like it is from 1992.
Sit back and soak in the thoughts of one of the best disc golf video makers in the country.
As one of the premier videographers in disc golf, what do you get out of providing disc golf video coverage for us who don’t travel the country playing in tournaments?
I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction in knowing that thousands of people get to re-live the sights and sounds of the round that I’m filming. So many folks have come up to me and thanked me personally for doing what I do, and that means the world to me.
The quality of your video (in terms of resolution, ie. 720p, 1080p, 4k) has always been top notch. How important has having equipment that captures high quality video been to you?
Quality sound and vision is Priority One in my book, and has been since the beginning. It’s not only having the right equipment, but knowing how to use the tools at your disposal. Putting everything on “auto pilot” is something I’ve never done. I like to think of myself as an artist with a blank canvas in front of him, and having full creative control over that canvas is critical, in my mind at least.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of your videos include any commentary. Do you feel that commentary during the round or in post-production takes away from the disc golf action in the video?
I feel that most, but not all, commentary is superfluous and offers very little insight. I’d rather let my work speak for itself, rather than some talking head stating the obvious of what’s going on in the round. The best commentary, in my opinion, comes from the players themselves, in which they discuss strategy and the mental game, things that may not be apparent in simply watching the throws.
Since starting your work with Prodigy, are you covering any more or fewer tournaments than before? Are you covering more of the big disc golf tournaments now?
Last year I covered fewer tournaments, but they were all Biggies (either NTs or Majors). This year, in response to restrictions on filming, I’ll be doing more tournaments overall. They’ll be an exciting mixture of NTs, Majors, all the Pro Tour stops, and even some A tiers in the Southeast.
What event is your favorite to film? Is there one that you would film whether or not you got any event or sponsor support?
I told someone a while back, “Well, there’s big events and venues, and then there’s the Maple Hill Open.” That still stands. There’s just something about that place: it’s history, vibe, aura–whatever–that makes it so memorable. The course itself is the finest privately-owned in the country, in my opinion. And directing the great circus in Leicester is the ambitious ringleader himself, Steve Dodge.