Behind The Scenes: Jared Zissu

 Jared Zissu discusses his film, ‘Time,’ an official selection of the 2020 F3T 

TIME, directed by the founder Flylords Magazine Jared Zissu, is an exploration of Lefty Kreh’s legacy with some of the sports greatest living legends. Flip Pallot, Blane Chocklett, and Bob Clouser explore the backwaters of inland Florida- one of Lefty’s favorite fishing areas- and discuss how Lefty’s presence influenced their own trajectories in a life of fly fishing.

This interview was originally published on Flylords in February, 2020, by Owen Rossi

Q: One of our favorite things about the film was that it mixes fly fishing in with some real life lessons. Was this something you planned before the film, or did it just fall into place throughout the shooting process?

A: I think more and more as we evolve and improve as filmmakers in general, we’re searching for stories that are more impactful than just fish porn. And we love fish porn, and there’s definitely a time and place for that. For this project in general, we had the honor of working with some of our absolute idols, like Flip Pallot, in honor of Lefty Kreh, So obviously there needed to be some deeper meaning involved with the stories and characters.

TIME Directed By: Jared Zissu


Q: Where was the film shot, and what camera gear was used in the process?

A: We shot the film in Mims, Florida. It’s Flip Pallot’s hometown, and there are a few rivers there. We shot for three days down at the Indian River. All the interviews were taking place at Flip’s house, which is an incredible place. Beautiful to work in. We shot everything on a RED camera, and all of the drone footage was shot on a DJI Mavic 2. We also decided to rent these cinematic anamorphic lenses. We kind of splurged on them for this project because our cinematographer thought that they would really amplify the shots we were trying to get.

Directed By: Jared Zissu


Q: We really liked the opening quote at the beginning of the film. What inspired you to use that quote and what does the quote specifically mean to you?

A: There were definitely a few edits, and what was interesting about this piece was that there were so many different people involved from the Fly Fishing Museum and all of their members, to all of our team, and to the Fly Fishing Film Tour. So, there were a lot of voices, especially on those first few laps. We were trying to find a way to introduce the film and that whole quote actually came from our editor, Ben, while he was just messing around. He wrote that quote up himself, and I don’t think he ever expected us to really like it and actually stick it in the film. I think once again, it takes your normal fly fishing film and puts something a little more unique on it when you start with that quote. 

Q: What inspired you to use Flip Pallot as the main narrator of the story?

A: This is an easy one. The guy has got the most cinematic voice in all and beyond fly fishing. That was a no brainer. He was also just so poignant in our interview. Every time he spoke, the room just slowly drew quieter and everyone really wanted to focus on what he was saying.

Directed By: Jared Zissu


Q: What were some struggles you faced during the filming process?

A: I think the first struggle that we encountered was probably trying to get fish in the boat. We had all the talent, we had all the gear, we had the team, we had the story, and getting fish in the boat to pull everything together was definitely a challenge. We got super lucky and out of nowhere got that really nice Bass. That really helped pull the story together because it draws in the audience with a special catch like that. So that was awesome. Another struggle was post editing. Like I said, there were a lot of people involved with lots of opinions, so just having to make decisions and trying to please everybody was tough.

Directed By: Jared Zissu


Q: What was the overall message you wanted to get across with the film?

A: In our very preliminary conversations with Flip, we talked to him and one of the things he said to us was while we were on speakerphone in our production studio really stuck. He said all he had is time, that’s all he has. I remember us all listening to this legendary guy on speakerphone and we were all  26, 27, 28 year-olds, and that was such an impactful quote for us to hear. We’re at the age where time is moving so fast, exactly what Flip said in the video. Time is moving so fast and it’s easy to get carried away with all the little bullshit in life. Hearing that made us think, how can we tell this story about time through fly fishing and then incorporate Lefty who he passed away in 2018, and is the most influential person probably ever in the sport of fly fishing.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the film?

A: We got approached by The American Museum of Fly Fishing, and they asked if we wanted to do a film to engage a younger audience into the sport, and have the film featured in the Fly Fishing Film Tour. They thought that we did a nice job connecting with the younger generation and once that offer was put on the table, we put our heads together and said, who’s the best person in the sport that can connect the museum and history with the younger generation? Flip Pallot definitely came to mind as someone to work with on a project like this.

Directed By: Jared Zissu


Q: For the younger generation who aren’t as familiar with Flip Pallot or Lefty Kreh, how would you explain to them their role and impact on the sport of fly fishing?

A: That’s a good question. There are definitely people who can answer that better than me, but from my perspective, they really embody the whole history of fly fishing. Lefty Kreh Traveled all around the world, teaching so many people about the sport and how to get into the sport. They really were pioneers, and without their influence I don’t know if fly fishing would be the same today.

Jared Zissu is the founder of Flylords Magazine. You can follow him @jzissu and at @flylords

Don’t miss the chance to see the full TIME film during the virtual release of the 2020 F3T on August 27th.

Shout out to our F3T fans! Since we had to cancel some of the 2020 F3T premieres this spring because of Covid, we still have you covered. This virtual event will have all the key parts that any of our events have, including swag giveaways, raffles, special guests, and opportunities to support our conservation and non-profit partners. Raffle prizes for the show come form our partners Simms Fishing Products, Yeti Coolers, Costa Sunglasses, Ross Reels, Scientific Anglers, Thomas, and Thomas Fly Rods, Oskar Blues Brewing Company, and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures. Learn more here.