I took a look at our website and noticed nary a blog entry for almost an entire month!
I personally apologize to all of our supporters and fans for that oversight. This blog fell between the cracks for a bit because we'd been so actively posting things on our Facebook page. I know some folks are not fans of social media sites and we hope we didn't disenfranchise anyone through this "quiet' period, here on the film's website.
As for the "excuses," they are twofold; our production office moved to a new location on April 1 and, since then, we have been amazingly busy.
The past three weeks have seen us out, on the water, looking for orcas and filming wildlife. We've had some success in filming transient orcas off of Victoria, BC and have been lucky enough to capture some amazing footage of stellar sea lions in the San Juan Islands.
Yesterday we begged our way aboard a local whale watching tour on the hopes of crossing paths with Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs). K Pod had made several appearances in the Salish Sea during the previous days and knowing they were likely not to stick around for long, we ensconced ourselves with the first available tour boat.
Five hours of searching yielded no orcas...or any other whales.
I can't call it a "wasted day" by any means. When it comes to being on the water, there is no such thing as a wasted day...ever. Seals, sea lions, eagles, porpoises and even the water itself are just as important to our story as are the SRKWs. After all, the film's not called "Fragile Orcas."
Don't get me wrong. We hunger for more orca footage, as we do salmon footage. We need it and we are chomping at the bit (now that we're fully funded) to get the "meat and potatoes" in the can.
Patience will win the day. It's hard, though, to hear reports of SRKWs being sighted or transients with a newborn and not be out there. Each trip is another chance at something amazing...something never seen before....something never caught on film. In Vegas-speak, we're playing the odds.
Our time has also been filled with interviews (another awesome scientist) and training ourselves up on a new bit of filmmaker tech: a remote-controlled quad-copter for our waterproof cameras. We have great plans for this technology in capturing spawning salmon footage. But first we have to get really great at flying it.
Shari and I now at a point where we can do basic flying with it. A trial run, with cameras rolling, is in the near future.
It's all part of our desire to break-ground and put our viewers into perspectives they have never seen before.
There will be more blog entries coming soon!