Last night I finally had a face-to-face meeting with Dr Chris Harvey-Clark [link], marine biologist, zoologist, veterinarian and underwater photographer/videographer. We talked about quite a few of the possibilities. He’s got tons of amazing footage, has been all over the world, shooting whale sharks, Greenland sharks, great whites, etc, plus cuttlefish, chambered nautilus, and much much more. He also knows someone who has a warehouse full of bathyscaphes! And he has one of those old timey diving suits, with the 70 lb helmet, which I’m sure we’ll use for lipsynch closeups.
We discussed what we’d do if we had an unlimited budget. The band would be playing underwater, with sharks swimming all around us. Of course we’d have to have junk instruments and it takes real diving prowess to stay underwater and in one spot without floating around like a yutz. But other, more realistic, options are to shoot the band in front of a big bluescreen, or even a big blank wall, and throw us into a marine environment with special effects. Hopefully we can get a day to film inside a bathyscaphe, all huddled together in a dome looking out at the wonders of the sea.
Good times, and some good burgers too. Now I need to have a meeting with Mike our co-director/editor/producer and get the ball rolling, and try to squeeze some footage out of the other marine biologists I’ve contacted. So far lots of interest, but no footage provided. I’ll try to take care of that presently.
Oh yeah, Chris also has footage of a sperm whale being cut open, and the internal gases causing intestines to explode out of the flenced gash in its stomach. EXTREEEEME MARINE BIOLOGY!