Thursday, January 19, 2012

Of Men and Mavericks- Game Day

 January 5 & 6, 2012

   These were the days that Iron Cross Films has been waiting for in order to shoot the main footage for "Of Men and Mavericks".  The surf was huge and rolling in 20'+ and it was a perfect day for filming the monster waves. It was great being out with DP Mike Prickett  and Jeff Clark driving the 22' Jet boat right in the line up. Mike has used the Perfect Horizon numerous times filming big wave competitions and knew that the Perfect Horizon was the best way to film up close and personal. This is great footage of the action the Perfect Horizon can handle.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Of Men and Mavericks- Surfing legend Jay Moriarity

October 14th, 2011
While up in San Francisco working on "Shark Week", I was called to work on a reenactment of the life of surfer, Jay Moriarity, Maverick's surfing legend.  The first filming days took place at Santa Cruz bay with hundreds of extras in the water, giving a real buzz to the scene.  We used two Perfect Horizons on Captain Robert Brown's specialized camera boat:  The cameras were Arri Alexa, which used Optimo 14- 280 zoom lenses.   

Hunting for Sharks off the Farralon Islands.

October 10th, 2011
Discovery Shark Week's Jeff Kurr was on "Derek M. Baylis" filming scientist from Monterey trying to lure previously tagged sharks to the surface for a photo opportunity both for the scientist's records and for Shark Week. Jeff was using the Phantom High speed camera on top of the Perfect Horizon which he has use numerous times while filming Great Whites in South Africa.  After two days of filming and only one shark coming up to take the decoy we went hunting for waves...

October 12th, 2011
A big swell hit Mavericks and Jeff Kerr was able to shoot some great footage of the local guys hitting the waves.  Jeff was able to interview a local surfer and his thoughts of sharks in the area and how to keep a mental balance between doing something you love and a ever looming danger.  This was my first time at Mavericks and I was impressed by the size and power of the 'Worlds most deadliest wave".

Sea Otters of Monterey Bay, CA

October 1st, 2011
Six days on the Monterey bay filming Sea Otters with NHK Japan T.V. was a great change of pace from the hustle and bussel of Los Angeles.  Phil Sammet was our boat captain and local tour/ information guide about all things in and on the bay.  We filmed great shots of a mother and cub going about the days activities of grooming, hunting for crabs, and trying out new menu options such as Planter worms,Squid, and Sea cucumbers. The camera man "Hedi'" was filming with a Proton high speed camera and was able to get some great slow motion footage of the young cub and mother swimming and eating together.