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San Diego Undersea Film Festival – Selected

Posted in conservation, production, video with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2009 by shawnheinrichs

Sailfish: House of Sailing Daggers was featured in this years San Diego UnderSea Film Festival.

House of Sailing Daggers

Each year during the winter months, nutrient rich currents flowing north push up onto the shelf of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, drawing in large shoals of sardines and minnows. Following these baitfish are great numbers of sailfish which, working together, break apart these shoals and create some of the most amazing baitball spectacles on earth. Braving dangerous conditions and open seas, the team became one of the few film crews to shoot this aggregation – creating a documentary short.

Video: House of Sailing Daggers

Daram Marine Reserve

Posted in conservation, news, video with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2009 by shawnheinrichs

The Raja Ampat Islands are situated in the north west of Papua, Indonesia, and cover an area of approximately 6,962 sq. km. Situated in the heart of the coral triangle, the area is home to some of the worlds most bio-diverse reef communities with recent studies stating that the reefs of this area are perhaps at the very centre of world bio-diversity. We intend to protect a total area of 450 sq. miles within this region that contains some of its most pristine reefs.

Significant groundwork has been laid toward this end including:

  • Established marine protected area of approximately 200 sq. miles that will be included in this area
  • Existing marine protected area is absolute no-take zone as will be the new marine reserve
  • Implemented management and patrol system with an impressive 3 year track record
  • Obtained buy-in and participation of local community in its protection and maintenance
  • Created financial model to insure local community shares in the success of the new marine reserve
  • Established a patrol and enforcement plan that will assure the sanctity of the marine reserve
  • Obtained head of fisheries endorsement and commitment to zone the marine reserve as tourism only
  • On the ground presence to oversea establishment and operations of reserve
  • NGO partners to provide administrative, training and scientific support

With much of the groundwork laid to establish the Daram Marine Reserve, we are now seeking funding to enable us implement the plan. This incredible area is under immediate and severe threat of ruin from destructive fishing practices that have encroached upon the area. As such, there is little time to waste in setting up the reserve. We must act fast or risk losing one of the most pristine, bio-diverse and beautiful reef systems left on earth.

Daram Marine Reserve Video

 

 

ARTE ‘Les Nouveaux Paradis

Posted in conservation, news, production, video with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by shawnheinrichs

Blue Sphere Media underwater footage was featured in an episode of a 10-part series called ‘Les Nouveaux Paradis by Franco-German TV network ARTE. Airing this summer, one entire episode featured eco-tourism in West Papua. Half of the programme covered trekking in the highlands of Papua amongst the Dani tribes people. The other half featured Misool Eco Resort and its underwater paradise. Blue Sphere provided all the underwater footage for this segment.

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Misool Eco Resort – New Promo Video

Posted in conservation, photography, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by shawnheinrichs

With Misool Eco Resort fully operational, it was time to refresh it’s promotional video. After many visits and hours or filming through the archipelago, I had amassed an impressive library of underwater footage. In addition I had the opportunity to film the resort grounds, facilities and luxurious accommodations.

The surface and underwater elements were assembled into new video which showcases the marine treasures and resort comforts of Misool Eco Resort. Hunting mobulas, swirling mantas, sharks, turtles, blue ring octopus, mantis shrimp and much, much more fill the screen for the 15 minute duration of video.

House of Sailing Daggers

Posted in news, production, video with tags , , , , on May 1, 2009 by shawnheinrichs

This January we headed out of Isla Mujeres Mexico to film one of the most exciting and difficult to capture scenarios in the Ocean, the sailfish baitball. Each year during the winter months, nutrient rich currents flowing north push up onto the shelf of Isla Mujeres, Mexiico, drawing in large shoals of sardines and minnows. Following these baitfish are great numbers of sailfish which, working together, break apart these shoals and create some of the most amazing baitball spectacles on Earth!

Over two weeks with long days on the water, we finally managed to capture what we were looking for. Clean water, several dozen sailfish, and a tight baitball of sardines were the perfect recipe. Ducking sharp bills and working hard to maintain position, we captured over 20 minutes of incredible footage. With our job complete, we headed back to shore to enjoy some cold cervezas and guacamole!

We created this short documentary that captures the excitement and energy of the sailfish baitball while filling in the story of how this phenomenon comes to be. The film has already been a favorite as several film festivals!

 

SDUPS Film Festival – Top 10

Posted in news, production, video with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by shawnheinrichs

Sailfish: House of Sailing Daggers was featured in the Top 10 in this years San Diego Underwater Photographic Society Film Festival.

House of Sailing Daggers

Each year during the winter months, nutrient rich currents flowing north push up onto the shelf of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, drawing in large shoals of sardines and minnows. Following these baitfish are great numbers of sailfish which, working together, break apart these shoals and create some of the most amazing baitball spectacles on earth. Braving dangerous conditions and open seas, the team became one of the few film crews to shoot this aggregation – creating a documentary short.

Video: House of Sailing Daggers

 

Wavescapes South Africa – Film Festival

Posted in conservation, news, production, video with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2008 by shawnheinrichs

After a successful premier at that Durban Wavescape Surf Festival in July, Shark Angels will make a second showing at the Cape Town festival in December.

32 years after Jaws™ showed a defenseless woman being dragged underwater and devoured by an insatiable monster, three women have come together to debunk that fictitious image.

Join Julie Andersen, director of Shark Savers, Alison Kock, marine biologist for Save our Seas, and Kim McCoy, Executive Director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, on their mission to get as close to as many large predators as possible in the most shark-inhabited waters of the Caribbean aboard Jim Abernethy’s vessel, the Shear Water. Rob Stewart, director of the award winning documentary Sharkwater, teams up with the threesome as they intentionally surround themselves with what are considered some of the largest, most dangerous sharks in the world.

All this to prove that society has been fed mistruths about sharks, which are actually amazing creatures that are being ruthlessly chased toward extinction. They represent the new generation of shark conservationists — cool, capable, educated and young — and have brought their organizations together for the first time to combat the myths about sharks, expose the truth and continue the grass roots movement begun by Sharkwater.

The shocking results were captured in high definition video and in still photos. The production will be released as a short documentary to broadcast, print and online media outlets around the world. Shawn Heinrichs of Blue Sphere Media, an underwater & conservation filmmaker, is producing, directing and lead underwater cinematographer on the film. World-famous photographer Eric Cheng served as still photographer and cinematographer. Cheng, the publisher and editor of Wetpixel.com and Wetpixel Quarterly Magazine, is a premier underwater still photographer whose work has been featured all around the world.