Out Yonder Productions was started in 1998 by Monty Bassett for the initial purpose of making wildlife documentaries. The founding principle of the company is to provide high quality television documentaries that go beyond the genre’s norm, and offer not only thoughtful storylines and dramatic cinematography, but to also present fresh, cutting- edge science films that inform, entertain, and add to our knowledge of the complexities of our planet.
The first film that Out Yonder undertook, “Life On the Vertical” was about a unique type of mountain goat that lives beneath the earth’s surface on the vertical walls of Canada’s Grand Canyon, the Stikine. While it was Bassett’s first film, and photographer, Cas Sowa first experience with motion pictures, the film won a number of Canadian and International awards, and placed Out Yonder Productions as one of Canada’s top production companies.
In the 15 years since, Out Yonder Productions has had crews filming in such diverse locations as the control room of the ill-fated Number Four nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, and to the inner- cone of a semi-active volcano that has a history of exploding under glacial ice. And while Nature continues to be the main focus of the company, it has also covered stories as far afield as satellites monitoring the planet’s health, to volatile social issues like the "behind the barricades drama" of BC's Tahltan Native Elders' fight against Royal Dutch Shell International.
Most recently, the company finished the film “Land of the Chartreuse Moose” — a biographical documentary on Canada’s "Gauguin" artist Ted Harrison. Out Yonder Production has begun the first two Nature films of a four part series on wildlife — the film series is under the banner “Exotics” for Oasis Channel HD and Knowledge Channel.