Boat Stories has been very busy during June and July. Simon Vacher and I finished editing our 7th film set on Lundy, featuring the work of warden Beccy Macdonald. We wrote the blog, distributed the film and did a fair bit of publicity. Martin Hesp in the western morning news picked up on the back story of MS Oldenburg, the Lundy ferry, and the Journal did a piece on the effects of marine litter on our wildlife. Please watch and share the film and read the rambling blog (luckily I have to keep my films down to five minutes!) on our film page. As an extra treat there are also four outtakes from the film on the video blog including one on Mortehoe's seals.
We also began our 9th film! Working with Rich Stevenson from Dive Solutions we filmed Seasearch on a couple of exploratory dives - recording the underwater wildlife along the North Devon coast. Lundy is of course well known as a fabulous local diving spot and most diving charters head straight out to the island. However our hosts, Ilfracombe & North Devon Sub Aqua Club, wanted to promote diving even closer to home - literally on their doorstep. Local dives are full of surprises - because we they in unknown territory. A quote from Shaun Galliver, chair of the club, became the title for this film: Every Dive is an Adventure. We have been busy editing this colourful film and are now in the final stages - working on music and the sound mix.
We also continued working with Matt Biggs from Artaura Productions on our 8th film - the Bideford pilot -following as the title suggests the work of the Bideford pilot. Until I researched this film I wasn't sure what the pilot and the pilot boat actually did. I guessed and I guessed wrongly. Matt and I were impressed by the skill and teamwork of the pilot crew and how matter of fact they were about an often difficult and dangerous job. On the rushes Matt can be heard saying something like, “have you got hold of me Jo? I’ll be really fed up if I lose this film now.” All will be revealed when the film is released!
We've also been busy preparing materials for various events and organisations which have been showing the films. And for our own two events showing all the films to the public. Put these dates in your diary: Friday 4th September in Ilfracombe to open Sea Ilfracombe festival and Friday 16th October in Bideford. This is your chance to watch all the films and meet the contributors, filmmakers and funders. Tickets are free but you need to book - details on our home page.