On A Rail to be featured in Oceanside’s first film fest

October 13th, 2009

On A Rail will be featured as a part of Oceanside’s first annual film fest this Saturday at 3:45 at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre.¬†On A Rail producer/director, Tim Ryan, will be on hand for a Q&A with the audience.

The festival has selected over 30 films from and international field, including the featured documentary Running The Sahara, narrated by Acadamy Award Winning Actor Matt Damon. This is the first annual film fest which Oceanside plans to continue to endorse for many years to come.

Sunshine Brooks Theater
217 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

Hope to see you all there!

On A Rail awarded with Telly Award

August 5th, 2009
We are pleased to announce that On A Rail: Europe has been awarded with a Telly Award for outstanding achievement in sports productions. Tim Ryan, Producer and Director for the On A Rail series, pictured below, holds the Telly Award for On A Rail and another one for a Tennis commercial Tar Productions produced.
Tim Ryan holding the Telly Award for On A Rail:Europe in front of the movie poster at the Koerce Media lobby.
Tim Ryan holding the Telly Award for On A Rail:Europe in front of the movie poster at the Koerce Media lobby.

GrindTV.com sponsors LA premiere of On A Rail

April 8th, 2009

Our friends at GrindTV.com helped us out with the LA premiere of On A Rail. GrindTV provided beverages for all guests in attendance and a digital projector, so each guest got to see the video played on a 20′ screen. We all had a great time and if you missed it be sure to check out thier blog entry on the night.

Tim Ryan interviews with Scott Bass @ Surfermag.com

April 1st, 2009

Scott Bass posted a pretty good interview with On A Rail:Europe Producer/Director on surfermag.com. The interview sums up what Tim talked about on Bass’s radio show the other week, including his perspective on the unique story idea for a video and/or series. Hope you enjoy.

World Premiere set for On A Rail Europe in Solana Beach

March 27th, 2009

The Tidewater in Solana Beach is pleased to host the On A Rail:Europe World Premiere on Thursday April 2, 2009 at 8PM. Producer and Director for the On A Rail series, Tim Ryan, was born, raised and still lives in Solana Beach so we’re keeping this one close to home. Please join us for a night of good times and good surfing featured in On A Rail. Watch as the crew made their way from Portugal to Spain, France and Scotland where the searched out various European cultures and waves.

The movie will be showing at 8PM and looping throughout the night. Be sure to get their early as only the first showing will have the movie’s audio track.

On A Rail is a new series from Tar Productions and Surfing Magazine. Traveling exclusively by train the crew settles into the local lifestyle where they travel all the while viewing constant scenics thru the window frames going 200+ MPH.

The Tidewater is located at

221 Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-4115

Hope you enjoy.


Tar Productions

LA Premiere Screening set a Gnarnia

March 26th, 2009

We’ve just confirmed a venue for our LA World Premiere for On A Rail:Europe. Gnarnia will be hosting us for the evening, showing the movie on the big screen followed by a Euro themed party afterwards. There’s going to be a little contest-best dressed Euro wins a FREE DVD! Gnarnia is located in El Segundo, CA and the movie starts at 9PM. Party goes til 4am (just like they do in Europe).

Film Festival submissions are in

March 25th, 2009

In another effort to set On A Rail apart from other surf films we’ve submitted the title to several film festivals globally. Film festivals are a great way to get your film seen by audience members around the world, reach out to new markets, show your film to studios and producers and, of course, win awards. So far we’ve submitted to the San Diego Film Festival, Durban International, Melbourne International Film Fest, New Zealand International (which is actually a tour), Rincon International Film Festival and the Surfilm Festibal in San Sebastian, Spain (where On A Rail went!). The latter two have a heavy emphasis on surf films and we hope to shine in these two. The festivals will all be running soon so be sure to check back and keep an eye out for any awards we might receive.

Scoring On A Rail: Europe

March 24th, 2009

When we decided that we wanted On A Rail to be unique we thought that we should do something that’s not often seen in surf movies, professional¬† scores. “Scoring” a movie relates to custom music done by a musician or composer-something that is seen in every major motion picture but rarely seen in surf movies. After editing with temp music we pulled the tracks and gave the edits to various friends and musicians. Replaced the tracks and viola. Matt Yundt, Adam Lathrum and TactiK were all a part of this process and we really appreciate all their hard work.

Website Refresh

March 17th, 2009

You might have noticed some updates to the On A Rail site. Bryce Frees keeps these things coming for the better all the time. Be sure to check out the store to buy the DVD, too!

Down The Line Podcast Available

March 16th, 2009

If you missed the radio interview with Tim Ryan, Director and Producer for On A Rail: Europe, you can download the podcast here. Its a great show and sure to make you laugh. Tim talked with hots Scott Bass and Marty Thomas about the movie, the macking right-hander they scored in Scotland and about how the movie came about. Marty also shared some of his stories of traveling through Europe by Eurail. Hope you enjoy.