It’s these guys: Hayden Hyde and Garrett Robertson.
They run Ocotillo Films based in Austin, Texas, and make films for everyone from Austin FC to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to YoungLife to United Way to the H. E. Butt Foundation.
Hayden and Garrett met at Texas A&M, and they both had the dream of one day creating stories through film. They started Ocotillo Films in 2020 right before the pandemic.
Growing up, Hayden spent his summers going to LLYC as both a camper and a counselor. Garrett has enjoyed getting to know the Canyon on various productions.
This year, they produced a new season of Roundup videos, 11 in all covering every Canyon topic from pig drives to hiking safety, each designed to help guests orient themselves in the Canyon after a rowdy Roundup moment like Chug and Crush.
The “Did You Know” formula was first developed by Nate Clarke and communications intern Peyton Perry for summer 2017, which was LLYC’s 50th year of camp. Each video highlights the history and mission of the H. E. Butt Foundation.
This year, Ocotillo added a new form in the series that they are calling “Moments,” ambient style films without commentary that take campers to a specific place in the Canyon for a closer, slower look. The idea came to them when they were caught in a thunderstorm at Laity Lodge last year.