CNN and Shark Divers 2010
Day two in the Bahamas last week as the crew of the M/V Kate, Shark Divers crew (Simon and the Gortons Fisherman), CNN’s topside shooters Lando and Leon and Luke Tipple left Grand Bahama to find sharks.
As I mentioned I have never been a fan of one day shoots with animals for a myriad of good reasons.
Leaving the channel marker this morning was one of them as the big seas we had encountered in the Gulf Stream yesterday, driven windy conditions, were on site and jacking up the M/V Kate like an old school County Fair Tilta-Whirl.
And the good ol’ Kate is not a small vessel.
I have to hand it to all the crews who had never worked together and who were tasked with not-so-prime conditions to work in.
They got the job done.
Lando and Leon being topside guys who had to look through an eyepiece had the worst job on the entire vessel. As anyone who had tried to shoot something on a heaving deck will attest, it takes a special kind of constitution to shoot, stand in place, and still bring home the action. Looking over their passports earlier and seeing all the places they have shot you begin to understand why CNN’s news reports are so credible, their shooters are the best in the business.
The underwater team were in 7th heaven as soon as the sharks appeared, which, thanks to Capt Rob from the M/V Kate who was pre-prepping the site didn’t take long.
Luke Tipple had planned two main experiments with sharks to highlight shark technology. Both experiments were carefully planned and executed by him and his team with meticulous attention to details right down to the color of the underwater rigging. If you’re going to do experiments with sharks these days you gotta be credible. Folks watching these shows know the difference between what’s real and what’s not, and that’s the difference between staying through the commercial break or not.
With the additional distraction of a small high pressure hose issue (by the way Luke we’re going to do “something” with that video) the shoot went about as well as you can get when professionals are running the show.
They got the job done in two dives. That’s the team.
I was equally impressed with the two CNN producers who joined us as well. Matt S, Jennifer H both worked with their shooters and Luke to ask great questions and really move the storyline to get the best they could out of every minute of the time we had.
The trip back to port was uneventful, and after loading up a complimentary case of CNN Pirate Booty (aka Kalik Gold) the vessel was off to Florida and I was on an island hopper with Simon back to Florida as well.
While this latest shoot has not changed my views on one day productions with animals, it is nice to see professionals in action. When the chips are down it’s a team effort that keeps it all together and this really was a great team effort.