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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 – the Pisces Submarines in Hawaii

Awesome trip for Bryce filming the Pisces IV and Pisces V submarines with the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab (HURL) off the coast of Oahu.  Filmed in 4K on the Arri Alexa Mini – for the new film Blue Centennial that will air in January 2015 on the National Geographic Channel.
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Filming on location for National Geographic – Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico

Bryce just had an epic trip to the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana coastline documenting the shrimp nearshore to whale sharks far offshore – detailing changes that have occurred since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill 6 years ago.  Filmed in 6K on the RED Dragon for a new film coming out in January 2017, called Blue Centennial.

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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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Peter Livingston and Mission Blue win for Outstanding Editing at the Emmy’s

Congratulations to Peter Livingston for his well deserved win at the Emmy’s last week for his Editing work on Mission Blue.  Watch the film here on Netflix:

Jack Youngelson (Writer, Producer), Dr. Sylvia Earle & Peter Livingston (Editor)

Jack Youngelson (Writer, Producer), Dr. Sylvia Earle & Peter Livingston (Editor)

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Cinematographers – Bryce Groark and Damien Drake for Mission Blue

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“Diving Deep for Oceans” – New book from Mondo Publishing

Bryce’s images are part of this new book from Mondo Publishing – “Diving Deep for Oceans” – an inspiring biography of Dr. Sylvia Earle.  The book is available from Mondo Publishing ($49) and will be used as an educational tool in schools across the United States: http://www.mondopub.com/c/@Pse9NXMgjj..6/Pages/product.html?nocache@2+record@P5880

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Bryce and Mission Blue at Waimea Ocean Film Festival in Hawai’i

Great week at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival on the Big Island.  Lots of amazing ocean films of all flavors.  Bryce represented Mission Blue at a showing at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on January 6, with a sold out crowd and great interactive Q&A with the audience following the film. He also spoke alongside Stefanie Brendl and former Hawaii Senator Clayton Hee in a “breakfast talk” discussing sharks and the important legislation that has passed and been a catalyst for more positive change for the animals all over the world with the passing of Senate Bill 2169.  http://waimeaoceanfilm.org

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“BLUE HOPE” – A new book by National Geographic

Bryce is honored to be one of the contributing photographers for this new coffee table book coming out August 15 – by National Geographic & La Mer.  Available for pre-order now.

From National Geographic: Dazzling photographs combine with inspiring insights from international ocean icon Sylvia Earle and other notable ocean advocates, paying a poignant tribute to the beauty and magic of the ocean and shedding light on its abundant gifts to the planet.

This lyrical ode to the ocean marries the insights and inspiration of ocean advocate Sylvia Earle, and other experts and celebrities, with the world’s most stunning photographs of beaches, coral reefs, and underwater life. All combine to express Earle’s passionate message: Life depends on the ocean, and to save it we must love it. In seven essays, she recounts the milestones of a life spent pioneering and protecting the ocean. Supporting facts and maps bolster this book’s clear and hopeful message: We can all play a role in keeping the heart of our planet alive.

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Mission Blue to play this week at the US State Department’s “Our Ocean” Conference in Washington, D.C. with John Kerry

This week, the Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference. We will bring together individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities to gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective actions. We aim to chart a way forward, working individually and together, to protect “Our Ocean.”   http://ourocean.info

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“MISSION BLUE” – Debuts Tomorrow Night in Santa Barbara

Opening up Thursday night in Santa Barbara and next week in Berlin, Mission Blue follows the incredible life of Dr. Sylvia Earle and her mission to save our ocean.

Directed by Fisher Stevens (The Cove) and Bob Nixon (Gorillas in the Mist). Cinematography by Axel Baumann, Damien Drake and Bryce Groark.

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“MISSION BLUE” to open the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and at Berlinale

After almost 4 years and many miles around the world, we’re stoked to announce that Mission Blue will be the opening film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 30 and then will debut in Europe at Berlinale, The Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Variety Article here: http://variety.com/2014/film/news/santa-barbara-film-fest-to-open-with-docu-mission-blue-close-with-midnight-trilogy-1201034658/

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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

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National Geographic story on our recent Mission Blue expedition to Cabo Pulmo

Check out the story here:  http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/06/an-ocean-miracle-discovering-the-hidden-jewel-off-the-coast-of-baja-california/

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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 – 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

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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