Category Archives: Living Ocean on Assignment

Filming on location for National Geographic – Kauai, Ni’ihau and Lehua Rock

Bryce is back from an amazing sailing expedition to Niihau with National Geographic and True Blue Films.  The crew were lucky enough to have multiple Hawaiian monk seal encounters on this trip – all filmed in 6K on the RED Epic Dragon for the new film Blue Centennial.  Dr Sylvia Earle, Brian Skerry and Richard Pyle all were featured on this expedition.

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Dr Richard Pyle (Bishop Museum), Bryce Groark and Brian Skerry (National Geographic) with the forbidden island of Ni’ihau in the background from the sailing ship Makani Olu

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Filming on location for National Geographic – Buck Island, St Croix USVI

Bryce is back from an awesome and very productive week in St Croix, USVI with National Geographic and True Blue Films.  The story is related to the 100th anniversary of the National Park system in the US – more to come on this film soon.  Everything filmed in 5K on the RED Dragon in a Nauticam Housing

 

Bryce Groark and Dr Sylvia Earle after multiple dives at Buck Island - St Croix, USVI - Photo by: Juan Bertran

Bryce Groark and Dr Sylvia Earle after multiple dives at Buck Island – St Croix, USVI  Photo by: Juan Bertran

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Filming on location in PALAU

Bryce is back from an epic trip to Palau – continuing work on an amazing new climate change film with Insurgent Media.  Amazing place.  Everything underwater filmed on the RED Dragon in 6K with a Nauticam housing.

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SHARK WEEK – 2016, Discovery Channel

Had a great week working at home in Hawaii with some epic individuals for a new Shark Week episode this year that will play on Discovery Channel in June called “Deadliest Sharks.”  Thanks to Radley Studios for having us onboard and sending the world a proper message on sharks. Bryce captured some amazing footage in 5K on the RED Epic.  Our show was focused on the majestic Oceanic Whitetip Shark that exists way offshore in the blue water.  More to follow:

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New Film on Climate Change

Bryce is back from a trip to Miami working on a new climate change film with Insurgent Media:  Everything filmed on the Sony F5 in a Gates Housing:

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New Film – “52: The Search for the Lonliest Whale in the World”

Bryce is back from an incredible week at sea with a great team filming, tagging and listening to blue whales in search of 52: The Lonliest Whale in the World.  From All Day Everyday:

Five years ago Director Josh Zeman first learned of the mystery of the loneliest whale in the world. At that moment he decided to set off on a mission to share this story with the world in the hopes of one day finding 52.  We are incredibly excited to announce that today – a film team led by Director Josh Zeman and expert marine scientists Dr. John Hildebrand (SIO), Dr. Ana Sirovic (SIO), and Dr. John Calambokidis (CRC) – are hitting the great Pacific Ocean in search of the mysterious whale.

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Bryce Groark with the legendary whale scientist, John Calambokidis

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Filming on location in Alabama

Spent this week in Uniontown, Alabama learning more about the catfish industry in America with Harvest Select.

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Catfish pond at sunrise in Alabama

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Filming on location in Maine

Had a great week in Maine filming some amazing fish farms with the Maine Aquaculture Association and Sebastian Belle.

Do you know where most mussels come from?

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Filming on location in Seattle

We are producing a new film on aquaculture in the United States – showcasing certain farms that are working hard to do it the right way, while keeping food production in the US and increasing jobs.  The film will feature farms in Seattle, Maine and Alabama.  Last week we completed our first shoot in Seattle working with the salmon industry.  Film to follow in November.Bryce Groark (1)

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Filming on Location in Turkey

UnknownLiving Ocean is producing another short aquaculture film for USSEC (United States Soybean Export Council).  This July, we were shooting in Turkey – Istanbul, Bodrum and Izmir with one of the largest supliers of farmed fish throughout Europe – Kilic Holdings.  Film to follow.

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Bryce Groark filming the fish farm harvest process offshore in Bodrum, Turkey

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The Nature Conservancy: Kiholo Bay Restoration Project in Hawaii

We produced and shot this short piece on the important work being done at Kiholo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii by The Nature Conservancy and Hui Aloha Kiholo. Direct Link HERE:

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“Clean Water is Ours to Protect” – Living Ocean working with the EPA

We produced and shot the Hawaii segment (Hawaii, Arizona, California) for this new PSA for the EPA regarding clean water in America.  A longer piece will follow – but here is the 30 second version which was recently released:

 

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Producing the Hawaii segment of a new PSA for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – with the RED Dragon in 6K

We’re producing the Hawaii portion of a new PSA for the EPA (and Maslow Media Group) showcasing clean waters in the US.  Last week we captured some amazing river, stream and waterfall shots on the Hilo side of the Big Island with the RED Dragon – filming in 6K with Michael Lienau.  PSA coming soon.

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China Aquaculture Project

Back from another trip to Shanghai this month.  We’re producing a short film on a revolutionary new aquaculture technology that is currently being adopted in China.  This new system will grow more high quality fish in a smaller space, while at the same time will help to clean up the waterways in China.  Video to follow upon release in January.

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Bryce Groark filming grass carp at a fish farm in China

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Working with Red Bull – Breath Hold Training and Surf Survival in Hawaii

Bryce spent this week working with Red Bull and a bunch of amazing professional athletes for the Red Bull High Performance Training Program.  Red Bull brings their athletes to Hawaii to attend a free diving and breath hold camp in a cross training program to help their athletes get an edge in their own respective sports.  Video to follow.

This year, the athletes included Travis Pastrana (Motocross), Sochi Gold-Medalist Dara Howell (Freeski), Bobby Brown (Freeski), Tarah Gieger (Motocross), Ben Ferguson (Snowboard), Jordy Mercer (Surf/Iron Woman), Matt Poole (Surf/Ironman), Jimmy Ho (E-Athlete).  redbull_logo

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Cineflix Productions and Discovery Channel’s “Murder in Paradise”

We filmed the underwater segment with Cineflix Productions this week in Hawaii – for the Discovery Channel series, “Murder in Paradise.”

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Producing a Short Film on Farming Tilapia Sustainably in Honduras

We just traveled to the middle of Honduras to film Regal Springs, an ASC Certified tilapia farm near San Pedro Sula and Lake Yojoa.  A unique place unlike any we’ve been before.  Farming fish sustainably while building communities:

CLICK HERE FOR SHORT FILM – 8 MINUTES

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Shooting for Red Bull – Breath Hold Training & Surf Survival

Bryce filmed all of the underwater portion for this breath hold training in Hawaii last month with Red Bull and their Women’s Mountain/Ski team – with Kaya Turski, Arielle Gold, Michelle Parker, Heather McPhie, Grete Eliassen and Kristin Allen (Cirque de Soleil Artist).  Story here:

http://www.redbull.com/us/en/stories/1331606483016/breath-hold-training-with-red-bull-athletes

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Bryce Groark filming breath hold training during the pool sessions

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ESPN Nine for IX – “No Limits” Premieres on ESPN July 23rd at 8pm

Bryce filmed a segment for this film, called “No Limits,” with Triple Threat TV and Alison Ellwood.  It plays tomorrow night on ESPN as part of their Nine for IX series – Watch the trailer here:

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Australia – Expedition Report for Mission Blue: The Coral Sea and Outer Great Barrier Reef

Fisher Stevens, Dr. Sylvia Earle and Bryce Groark after three dives on the Great Barrier Reef

Fisher Stevens, Dr. Sylvia Earle and Bryce Groark after three dives on the Great Barrier Reef

May 2013:  The Mission Blue film crew and Dr. Sylvia Earle left port from Cairns, Australia to explore and document the remote Holmes and Osprey Reefs in the outer Coral Sea (over 250km offshore mainland Australia) – with a planned stop on the Great Barrier Reef on the return trip in.

Heavy winds and weather restricted us to the seldom visited Holmes Reef for the majority of our trip.  The water quality was incredible at Holmes, but the poor health of the corals and shortage of fish life left a real concern.  Some have blamed the weather and cyclones for the coral die off – but even with the minimal time we had there, we were surprised at our how much of the area seemed to be struggling overall.  We did see some healthier corals (in water deeper than 25-30 meters) as well as the occasional snapper and grouper cruising by – but not in any abundance.  Sharks (Silvertip, Gray Reef and Whitetip Reef) were present, but in lower numbers than expected.  Holmes was also home to a good population of fearless boobies and gannets – who take residence on the only sand spit in the area.

We spent our last day on the Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.  We found an incredible spot in Steve’s Bommie, which was loaded with life – so much diversity, abundance and high end predators present.  Ironically, we were expecting to find the more healthy system farther away from land at Holmes Reef, but the more thriving reef of the trip turned out to be on the inside, closer to land, where the area is more protected from outside pressures.

The Coral Sea is an epic spot – a massive space home to so much life.  The Hope is to increase the protection from parts of the Great Barrier Reef to the outer Coral Sea area – and get spots like Holmes Reef back to where it should be.  To learn more about potential new laws which will protect the Coral Sea and make it the world’s largest permanent marine park, go to: http://www.protectourcoralsea.org.au

Bryce Groark – Underwater Cinematographer, Mission Blue

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Photographing a Hawaii Fish Farm for the State of Hawaii

Fish farming started countless years ago here locally with the ancient Hawaiians and their fish ponds (http://www.hawaiihistory.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ig.page&PageID=514).  Modern fish farming has also been occurring in Hawaii for quite some time on a couple of the Islands.  Bryce recently went out and shot some images for the State of Hawaii for a new campaign they are working on.  Standby for more on this topic.

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“No Limits” – Filming for ESPN and Triple Threat TV

Filmed this past week with Triple Threat Television – for a new ESPN Film coming out Summer 2013 called “No Limits.”  It’s part of a new film series by ESPN which will be called Nine for IX – all stories about incredible women, similar to the recent ESPN 30 for 30 series.

Website for the film here: http://espn.go.com/espnw/nine-for-ix/8948900/nine-ix-film-summary-director-no-limits

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On Assignment – Mission Blue – Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

Just back from a great shoot in Cabo Pulmo with Sylvia Earle, Jeremy Jackson, Octavio Aburto and the Mission Blue film crew.

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On Assignment – Producing a short film on Sustainable Aquaculture – Isla Todos Santos, Mexico

Living Ocean is producing a piece on sustainable aquaculture in Baja, Mexico off the magical island of Todos Santos – featuring the soybean industry, Pacifico Aquaculture and Hubbs Sea World Research Institute.  CLICK HERE for VIDEO

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On Assignment – Filming Pilot Whales in the Canary Islands

Filming Pilot Whales off the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands

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On Assignment – Filming Giant Pelagic Manta Rays at Islas Revillagigedos, Mexico with Ocean Preservation Alliance

Awesome week at sea with Ocean Preservation Alliance.  We were working at Islas Revillagigedos – filming, diving and conducting research with Dr Bob Rubin (Pacific Manta Research Group) and shark expert, Mauricio Hoyos (Migramar).

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On Assignment – Humpback Whales in Okinawa, Japan

Just back from a week in Japan on a unique little island named, Kume, in the Okinawa province.  We were filming humpback whales in the area.  It was an awesome week – had some incredible encounters with the weather, the people and the whales.  Stay tuned for more from this upcoming film – Whale Like Me…

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Filming for new show called, Ocean Men – Hammerheads

Out filming hammerheads today.  Only found one batch of 4 mingling at the surface – enough for one shot with Brett LeMaster…..

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Filming for Ocean Men – new series coming soon.

We filmed the underwater portions of a sizzle reel for a new Discovery series called, Ocean Men, here in Kona today.  Standby for more…

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On Assignment – Filming Humpback Whales in Rarotonga with Whale Like Me

Heading to Rarotonga for a week filming humpbacks with the crew from Whale Like Me – out of New Zealand.

Whale Like Me – The Film – site here: www.whalelikeme.com

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On Assignment – New Project with Kona Blue and National Geographic

Living Ocean filming and producing a new piece on Kona Blue’s new initiative – an offshore fish farm that free floats in the currents while raising Kona Kampachi in the open ocean.  Footage from this process is also being used for a new film on National Geographic Television called, “Alien Deep” – Hosted by Bob Ballard (Titanic) and Produced by Lone Wolf Documentary Group.

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On Assignment – “Choices” with McManus Studios

Living Ocean filming the underwater scenes for McManus Studios’ new film, “Choices” – here on the Kona Coast

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On Assignment – Mission Blue Chesapeake Bay

Heading to Chesapeake Bay with the Mission Blue crew to film the all important Menhaden Fishery – with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and  The Menhaden Coalition

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On Assignment – The VAS Submarine

Living Ocean heading to Italy for submarine work with Nautilus Underwater Systems.  More on this to follow soon.

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On Assignment – Mission Blue Caribbean

Just back from an awesome week of filming in the Caribbean for Mission Blue.  We sailed from St. Thomas to St. Johns to St. Croix and finished in Saba with Sylvia Earle.

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On Assignment – Mission Blue Submarine Expedition

We just returned from a week at sea in the Gulf of Mexico with Mission Blue and Sylvia Earle.  You can follow the happenings of the week on: National Geographic’s Blog, by Ford Cochran

On Assignment – Mission Blue Bermuda

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Living Ocean in Bermuda filming the underwater footage of the feature film, Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, Richard Rockefeller, David Shaw and the legendary Teddy Tucker – all of whom are working on an unprecedented initiative to help save and protect the high seas – starting with one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, the Sargasso Sea which spreads across a million square miles in the Northern Atlantic.

Time Magazine was with us – Read Bryan Walsh’s report here.

On Assignment – Mission Blue – Gulf of Mexico Whale Sharks

Living Ocean heading to the Gulf of Mexico with the Mission Blue crew.  We’ll be with Sylvia Earle and Dr Eric Hoffmeyer – filming the tagging of whale sharks off the Louisiana coast to see how these animals are being effected by the oil spill crisis.

Short Video HERE 

On Assignment – “Architects of Change”

Living Ocean working with the French TV company, Lato Sensu Productions – shooting the underwater footage for a show called, Architects of Change for French TV.

On Assignment – Alaka’i Nalu Footage

Living Ocean filming footage for a new video with Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and their legendary Alaka’i Nalu team – the “Masters of the Ocean.”

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On Assignment – Mission Blue

Heading back to the Galapagos Islands again this month with Fisher Stevens, Insurgent Media and Sylvia Earle – to film her Mission Blue Voyage.

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“Hooked V” – National Geographic

Living Ocean’s Bull Shark footage will play in an upcoming National Geographic film titled, Hooked V – with Hoff Productions…