‘We are so honored to recognize one of our very
own Bahamian industry professionals who is making a name for himself
all around the globe within the film world,' said Leslie Vanderpool, Executive Director and Founder BIFF who is also a personal friend of McKinney and his family.
Presenting the award was Mrs. Robin Symonette, wife of the Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister . It was Mrs. Symonette who helped influence Vanderpool to award McKinney with the tribute.
A montage of McKinney's underwater work was presented with his voice over explaining his passion for his work. Afterward a Question and Answer session took place.
McKinney is the son of Bahamas National Trust founding member, J.A. McKinney and is clear about his desire to continue to educate about conservation through his work.
SLIDE SHOW: Photos © Dominic Duncombe Photography
McKinney has been involved in underwater film making since 1973 when he
worked as a diver on the feature film DAY OF THE DOLPHIN and has spent
over 20,000 hours underwater making films.
offers over thirty five years experience filming underwater and has
provided full production services for underwater shoots, including
personnel, logistics, locations and marine services.
has worked on over fifty feature films and television shows, including
5 James Bond films. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY,
MOONRAKER, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, and in
addition to working behind the scenes with logistics and planning he
was the Bond underwater double in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, and THE WORLD IS
thinks he is the only person in the history of the film industry to
have been run over by a car underwater in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. He
spent four months working on THE ABYSS in 1988. Since 2001 he has also
co-produced and filmed three highly successful three dimensional
underwater films for the Imax theatres. OCEAN WONDERLAND 3D, SHARKS 3D
and DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D. These films have been seen by over eleven
million people worldwide to date.
current project is OCEAN WORLD 3D. A Full length 3D documentary due for
release summer 09, which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in
May, is a fictitious story of a turtle’s voyage around the world.