The Stories of Whales
David Clark -- Innovation in Filming Dolphins
To films dolphins, the crew designed a specialized bow mount. The underwater camera was fastened to the front of the moving Odyssey to recreate a dolphin's POV. Dave Clark reported the success of this innovation:
"We had an entire day with pods of up to 200 dolphins all around us. In a makeshift camera darkroom with a video tape and monitor, Al watched as the animals swam in front of our underwater camera and would pull the trigger when it looked best. We shot incredible footage of spotted and spinner dolphins swimming underwater in the bow wake of the Odyssey. At times there were layers of up to ten dolphins in our shot."
Al Giddings -- Filming Underwater in Hawaii
Since the noise of bubbles disturbs the whales, Al drew upon his extensive underwater experience and dove without benefit of scuba gear.
"It was a fantastic technique that produced extraordinary results. From a technical standpoint, this was perhaps the toughest shoot I've ever done, but it provided unbelievable encounters. As a whale would come close, the voltage of the moment was high. The calf would nestle in under the mother's chin and I could see the relationship between the pair."
David Clark -- Whale Playing With the Boat
"In Alaska, known for its persistent summer rains, we had a month of fair weather and mill pond water conditions. We had many whale encounters, succeeded in filming the spectacular bubble net feeding, and documented a large whale coming over and swimming in the bow wake of our boat, something Roger had never seen before. This is common for the smaller, faster dolphins to do but to see a 40-ton whale play with your boat is quite a sight."
Produced by National Wildlife Federation, Destination Cinema and Zephyr Productions. Major funding provided by the National Wildlife Federation Endowment and by the National Science Foundation. Producers: Christopher Palmer, David Clark. Directors: David Clark, Al Giddings, and Dr. Roger Payne. Distributed by National Geographic Giant Screen Films. Japanese Distributor: Cinema Japan Co., Ltd. Executive Produced by Richard James. Editor: James Lahti. Writers: Dr. Roger Payne, Mose Taylor, and Dr. Leighton Taylor. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Composer: Sam Cardin, with feature song by Yanni.
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