Announcement: Untitled Aquarium Trade Documentary

For the first time in almost two years, I've started production on a new documentary. This time around, I'm focusing on the aquarium industry - it's benefits, flaws, scientific progress, community involvement, ethical conflicts, and more!

After late afternoon dive in Oahu, the boat mounted with GoPros to capture the action.

After late afternoon dive in Oahu, the boat mounted with GoPros to capture the action.

The idea was conceived via text message back in November of 2015. Since then, I've been researching the aquarium trade, contacting the key players involved in every branch internationally, and attempting to craft a story worth telling. Feeling confident, I took a dive into a one-man-crew production this past week in Honolulu, Hawai'i to collect some interviews for a funding campaign.

Setting up for an interview with Chad Callan, finfish breeding expert of the Oceanic Institute.

Setting up for an interview with Chad Callan, finfish breeding expert of the Oceanic Institute.

After spending some time in and out of the water with aquarium fish collectors, scientists, Hawai'i State aquatic management, aquaculture professionals, hobbyists, and a public aquarium, I have collected a fair amount of footage for the "first wave" of the film's progress. From here, Ali Nidzgorski and Sean Walsh will work with me to create a 5-ish minute pitch video to seek additional funding.

An interview with Dr. William Walsh of the Hawai'i Department of Aquatic Resources.

An interview with Dr. William Walsh of the Hawai'i Department of Aquatic Resources.

We want to go global with this story and produce a 60-90 minute film targeted for film festivals. There are too many misconceptions within the aquarium industry and plenty of opportunities to solve management and husbandry issues! Keep updated on Facebook and this blog for information about the project launch. Our first deadline is August 9th, so it's only a few weeks away!

A Commerson's Frogfish at the Waikiki Aquarium.

A Commerson's Frogfish at the Waikiki Aquarium.

Spread the word and get ready...