Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jonathan Signing posters & DVDs at NPEE

It was a fun weekend at the Natural Products Expo East in Boston. I was there at the Ian's Natural Foods booth signing shark posters and DVDs for fans of the show. They were running a DVD on a small screen, and we had lots of people young and old stop by to talk sharks, Blue World and great healthy food! (I even managed to grab a stash of Ian's new healthy snack food "Fruitabits." They didn't last long once I got home and my kids discovered them!)

Did you miss the Expo? Well you can catch the Natural Products Expo West in March, 2010. It's in Anaheim, CA! Ian's will be there, and so will I! We'll even have season 2 DVDs available. Come on down!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Goliath Grouper spawning shoot!

Pierre and I just came back from a great shoot filming the Goliath Grouper spawning event in Florida for the 3rd season of Jonathan Bird's Blue World. We spent a couple days filming with David Doubilet, Jen Hayes and Wyland--heavy hitters in the underwater world. That was great fun. We were working with Jim Abernethy off his boat the Shear Water. We had tons of great fish action. Unfortunately, we are so busy finishing the second season stuff right now that I haven't had time to go through the footage and capture some underwater stills for the BLOG. I'll have to add them later. However, I have a couple topside shots of the gang in in action! (Special thanks to Annette Robertson for these pics!)

After a few days on the Shear Water, Pierre, David, Jen and I headed over to work with David Ochs and AquaSafari Adventures for an afternoon and dive a different wreck. We had fewer fish, but really clear water!

And in other news, if you haven't noticed yet, the first webisode of season 2 is now posted on the Blue World Website!! It's about my adventure learning to be an aquarist at the New England Aquarium. Check it out!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Season 2 is Coming Soon!

Well, the season 2 master tapes for Jonathan Bird's Blue World have been delivered for closed captioning and they are now on the way to NETA for the satellite feed to the public television stations beginning Oct. 9, 2009! It's very exciting! It won't be long now before the show is airing across the USA!

We are now working on authoring the DVD set for the complete season 2. It should be ready well before Christmas and will be a two disk set. It will be provided in anamorphic 16:9 aspect ratio to take advantage of HDTVs. At this point, there are no immediate plans for a Blu-ray set, even though it was shot in HD. That's because the licensing costs of Blu-ray are too high to justify a small press run.

In the meantime, I squeezed in a short trip to Florida to film the Goliath Grouper spawning event. Wow, those are some big big fish and Pierre and I filmed a wonderful segment.

Finally, some more big news....check out the all new BLUE WORLD website!!