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Check out the wind we encountered on Farewell Spit.
Last week we shot the first episode of Coasters series II and it reminded me how much I enjoy spending time in this very special part of the country – the places, landscapes and, most importantly, the people.
If I were to summarise Coasters (and that’s coasters from all over NZ) I would say they are well-connected people – not to high places but to the land or sand under their feet. I love this series and will be working hard to make it as good as it can be. I’m extremely happy to now be in the process of putting together another season.
I spent much of last week filming our first episode between Farewell Spit and Anatori River with new host Steve Logan (Logan Brown restaurant and Hunger for the Wild). Outside of Fiordland this would have to be one of the most isolated stretches of coast in the country and it provided a few challenges – logistical and natural.
No pain no gain and if this first episode is a sign of what’s to come, we’re in for a real treat with Coasters II. I’ll keep you posted on what’s going on.
The Last Ocean edit finally begins. I’ve just had four weeks in Wellington where I’ve been working with old friend and excellent editor Jonno Woodford-Robinson who as many know is as famous for his tea-making as he is his cutting
Jonno and I went to broadcasting school together decades ago and worked on a few projects together then. Last year he heard my interview with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand and got in touch saying, ‘I’ve got to help you make that film’. We’ve spent the past four weeks going through hours of interviews laying down the foundation for our story. It is compelling and powerful and we haven’t even put the pretty pictures to it yet.
I’ve been involved with this project since 2005 but it has always fitted around my paid work. It’s the first time I’ve really had the chance to sit down and focus on it. I bring my own stated bias to the film in that I want to see the Ross Sea protected and although fishing is the main threat to the ecosystem this is not an anti-fishing film. It will paint a realistic picture of what’s going on in the Ross Sea, why hundreds of the world’s leading Antarctic scientists want to protect it and the political ground that needs to be covered in order to do so.
A huge thanks to Erich Hoyt from Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society who has organized a donation to kick start the editing process. Thanks also to the friendly folk at Park Road Post for having me there. The added bonus in all this was spending time in fully functioning city. With my house in Christchurch currently being repaired from earthquake damage I owe a huge thanks to my partner Tracy who encouraged me to go to Wellington so I could escape the chaos and focus on the project. I’m still trying to work out if it was just that she wanted a clear run at the colour scheme!
There’ll be more to come as the making of this film develops…
Faking it. There’s something fascinatingly unnerving about Ratatat’s video – made entirely of stock footage.
There are only four installments of the series to go – and this week’s episode of Hawkes Bay is good one. Steak lovers will enjoy a comparison of different cuts, we meet Clyde the colourful organic grower and then dine with famous Kiwi artist Dick Frizzel.
We enjoyed making it – hope you like watching it. Read the rest of this entry
With a huge amount of fisheries worldwide already collapsed (or on the brink) all we need now is for fish to be able to camouflage themselves from nets.
A few weeks back I shot a small video for Fat Freddy’s Drop. We used their song ‘The Nod’ as the title track for our TVNZ series Get Fresh with Al Brown. So as a thank you we went on a wee adventure with band member Iain Gordon.
Iain is a keen chef so we headed out to find a few paua for one of his signature paua wonton recipe. While we were doing that the rest of the band were rounding up friends and family. The end result was an awesome day and yes, a great party that ended up in the kitchen.
Congratulations to Bill Morris, our overall winner on the night, and Simon Havas, our High School category winner and People’s Choice winner. Bill is pictured here with Antarctica New Zealand CEO Lou Sanson and myself.
The work was compelling. He delivered a final film that explored Robert Scott’s journey through the Ross Sea, cleverly noting that, while over a century has passed since the explorer’s ill-fated trip, the region still remains virtually untouched. Read the rest of this entry
Generally I use this blog to fill in everyone on what Fisheye, the Last Ocean and the stock footage site has been up to. But sometimes I just like to share cool stuff I’ve seen. Case in point…
Well… about a year after we started work on Get Fresh, the time has come for it to see daylight – as in on Saturday 7pm on TV ONE.
Back in May we had just completed filming and hadn’t actually edited any episodes – up until then it was a matter of running on instinct because the thing is – it’s not until you get to the edit bench that you discover your mistakes. There’s also a heap of other work involved in bringing a brand new series together – pace, feel, style, music, titles – all these things have to work. So the first episode of a brand new series is always a huge milestone.
I’m pleased to say that this has come together really well – the shows are an engaging and satisfying watch and at the end of the day that’s what I’m wanting to deliver to the audience. That these are stories from the heart of NZ brings added pleasure. Ep 1 starts tonight – we still have 5 to deliver but things are semi under control so we will be taking a break and tipping a glass to celebrate work to date. Al’s a great host and the team behind bringing this series to the screen are extremely hard working. Thanks to you all. I hope you enjoy this latest installment from Fisheye Films.
There’s nothing like getting down on the ground, gathering signatures and spreading the word. Check out this great video just posted from a Last Ocean supporter in Korea. It amazes me to think how we, in such different countries, are connected by the desire to protect this very special place at the bottom of the world.
It tells me a few things – 1 that this is a global issue, 2 The strength in taking one small step in your home patch and 3 The power of sharing that through the media. Technology has now allowed us to go to places like the Ross Sea to fish – I’m hoping that techonolgy will now help to STOP us going to places like the Ross Sea to fish.
For those that don’t know, I’m making a feature documentary on the Ross Sea Antarctica called ‘The Last Ocean.’ To date I have spoken to a lot of scientists and politicians about the Ross Sea but I want to open it up to others who have also been moved and inspired by this special part of the world.
Iconic New Zealand singer/song-writer Dave Dobbyn was invited to visit the Ross Sea region in November 2010 as one of New Zealand’s Antarctic Arts Fellows. He was able to visit the historic huts of Ross Island, the McMurdo Dry Valleys and Adélie penguin rookery at Cape Royds. He even played a gig for staff at the Scott Base bar, ‘The Tatty Flag’.
Dave is now working on some music inspired by his time on the ice. Keeping these last wild places protected is vital for the well being of planet Earth. Here’s a small excerpt from the interview. I will be editing the documentary later this year and intend to release it early 2012. If you’re interested there’s more info here.
Last Monday’s big quake in Christchurch took out one of my favourite ‘go to’ spots for filming beautiful sunrises and stunning Canterbury coastal scenery. I have spent many an hour standing on the very edge of Whitewash Head in Sumner. See the film footage here.
If you check out the top left film clip on the footage page you will see the hundreds of birds that make these cliffs home, and get an idea of the toll that these quakes are taking on the wildlife – as well as us.
Since I took those shots some brave or foolish soul (take your pick) managed to get a closer look at the cliffs (one more aftershock and we may never have seen these results).
Since September 2010 there’s been a heap changes in our beautiful city and a lot has been documented on youtube. Here’s a few that stick out for me – the Dyers Road ITM footage, I love this response from the typical kiwi bloke and a creative use of the new cityscape.
I hope we’ve seen the back of these shakes but somehow doubt it. The sleepless nights and double-takes every time a truck drives past are beginning to wear thin… Good to have the Govt finally startto move things on – can’t wait for spring and hang in there Christchurch!
I appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast on World Oceans Day talking with Corrin Dann about the Last Ocean and our new short film competition. It’s odd being on the other side of the camera but was worth the nerves and discomfort for the opportunity to spread the word about a very remarkable part of the world. Watch the interview here.
We’re asking you to tell us what makes the Ross Sea special. Enter our short film competition for the opportunity to edit spectacular footage from the Ross Sea and win some very nice prizes.
Footage comes from a great series at Peter Young Stock Footage as well as a selection of underwater shots from the acclaimed Natural History New Zealand unit. See the range of amazing wildlife and scenic shots on offer here.
It all starts today – June 8: World Oceans Day 2011.
Brett Adams and Dianne Swann (the initials make up BADS) are good friends and great musicians. Awesome live and I’ve been fortunate to use their music in the three series of Hunger For The Wild and Coasters. You can read more about what they’ve done and what they’re planning here.
To launch our new collection of stunning stabilised HD aerials we are offering clients two for the price of one until the end of July. Check out the reel and you’ll see why we are so keen to tell you about them. We cover a large part of the country from Fiordland to the Bay of Islands.
Aerials provide not only a spectacular perspective but there’s an energy to the shot that holds viewer attention and interest. I shot a good proportion of these aerials over two days with Tony and Blair Monk. We covered a large part of the country, flew fast to reduce flight time and shot at double speed.