Parallax rides a "Bahama Blue" tide to World Oceans Day
Apr 24, 2015 - 3:23:25 PM
VANCOUVER, Canada - World Oceans
Day has taken on new meaning to the production team at Parallax Film
Productions. After spending months
filming their latest project called
Bahama Blue, a bunker oil spill occurred in
their hometown Vancouver, just as they were delivering the final episodes.
“We just have a new appreciation for how
catastrophic an event like this can be.
We know how vulnerable many species are to manmade pollution,” says
Director and Executive Producer Ian Herring,
“It’s a shame that we only truly appreciate wildlife when it’s threatened or
The team chose a different theme for their
series, though, to capture the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Bahamas.
“We’ve taken a page out of (David) Attenborough’s book,” says Herring, “the
best way to motivate people to protect the environment is to inspire them, not
just lecture them.”
Parallax started by focusing on the classic
A-List Species: sharks, dolphins and whales, but quickly learned that just like
there are no small roles, only small actors, the Bahamas were filled with
countless extraordinary creatures: rare species of iguana
found nowhere else on earth, tiny tree crabs who need to stay wet to breath and
a type of comb jelly that predates the dinosaurs. The series blends rich 4k cinematography and
macro photography, that allowed the team to film creatures ranging from tiny
thimble jellyfish to giant sperm whales.
Its signature ‘tide lapses’ and
intimate aerials set the creatures in their environment: a view of the Bahamas
beyond the beaches.
The series is something of a departure for
the Parallax team who is best known for its science and history
programming. Their most recent project,
Battle Castle, blended computer-generated
images, beauty location footage with battle reconstructions to tell the stories
of six great castles and their sieges.
But Herring believes he’s recapturing something of an art lost to many
Canadian filmmakers and he’s convinced that Canadian viewers want to see it. He cites a recent survey they showed that 63%
of Canadians or nearly 17 million people obtained their information about
Nature through visual media in the previous year, narrowly surpassing those who
got information from print sources.[i]
Bahama Blue premieres in Canada on
Love Nature Wednesday,
May 6 at 10 pm
Eastern. Love Nature is a premium nature and wildlife channel, which showcases the animals,
landscapes and wonders of our world in a commercial free, family friendly
Herring likes its placement on a commercial free channel. “We want to take the audience with us on a
cinematic journey to this unique spot,” he explains, “without the ads, people
stay immersed in the stories.”
Love Nature also sees the power of episodes
to inspire. “Bahama Blue lets us see nature in a spectacular new
light with beautiful 4k content,” says
Marcia Martin, SVP, Original
Content, Blue Ant Media.
“Airing this stunning new series on the Love
Nature Channel allows us to further connect people to the beauty and wonder of
World Oceans Day is June 8, just before the
sixth and final episode of Bahama Blue. Parallax intends to support the
worldwide event by sponsoring a Twitter chat with one of Bahama Blue’s
underwater cameramen, Andy Brandy Casagrande, to discuss his role creating
images that inspire ocean conservation.
Bahama Blue will broadcast in French Canada
in the winter of 2016.
Bahama Blue is also scheduled to air starting
· May 5 in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa
(EEMA) on Animal Planet
· May 24 in Italy on On Focus.
Other international broadcast dates are
BAHAMA BLUE SEASON ONE – SERIES DESCRIPTION
Bahama Blue is an innovative
six part television series that explores the islands of the Bahamas in a search
for wildlife with award-winning producers Ian Herring and Maija Leivo of
Parallax Film Productions.
Past the white sand beaches
and beneath idyllic turquoise water lays one of the fiercest natural habitats
in the world. Its picture perfect beauty
draws us into a world where life and death unfold in natural and sometimes
The series focuses on how
this struggle plays out within the unique geographical features of the Bahamas
including Mangroves, Deep Blue Water, Sand Flats, Coral, as well as Caves and
Blue Holes; features that both define and interact with the diverse wildlife.
The range of creatures include many species of sharks like the Oceanic
Whitetips, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerheads and Nurse Sharks, sea
turtles, iguanas, dolphins, whales and flamingos all of whom have special
relationships with the geography as they pass through their life cycles.
WATCH THE TRAILER
BAHAMA BLUE SEASON ONE
than a tangle of roots growing out of swampy muck, the Mangroves are nurseries
for the marine life of the Bahamas. More
than 90% of the species of the Bahamas spend some part of their lives
here. This is where baby sharks learn to
hunt and young lobsters learn how to hide.
The roots of these salt-water tolerant shrubs are also home for some remarkable
creatures: from the tiny seahorse to the resilient tree crab. Even the iconic Flamingo gathers here to
feed on the crustaceans that give them their pinkish hue.
Blue Holes and Caves
away beneath the surface of the Bahamian archipelago is a magical world
millions of years in the making. The
Caves and Blue Holes of the Bahamas house some of the most spectacularly
beautiful geological formations in the world.
The species that reside in the watery depths are evolutionary anomalies
and above ground the variety of bats and other creatures that make their homes
in the caves are astounding.
An amazing underwater metropolis; the biodiversity
of the reef is critical to species living in the Bahamas. Diverse and colourful marine creatures seek
food and shelter among the complex coral structures in this interdependent
environment. Every day they negotiate
and to share the space and interspecies interactions abound. Schools of cleaner
fish whom preen their neighbours in assigned cleaning stations or quick twists
of fate can turn the predator into prey.
The Sand Flats
Beyond the iconic and pristine white beaches of the
Bahamas, the Sand Flats are home to fierce Iguanas, camouflaging stingrays, and
the beautiful bottlenose dolphin. All of
this sand is the surprising waste product produced by resident parrotfish
nibbling on coral, producing one tonne of sand per fish every year. Each species relies on the surprising
abundance in the sand flats both onshore and off. Green sea turtles spend most
of their lives grazing on the sea grasses of the sand flats. Stingrays use incredible electro sensitivity
to locate crustaceans hidden away in the sand.
The creatures of the sand flats have unique skills for turning seemingly
desert conditions, in to an advantage.
Open Water makes up nearly half of the area of the
Bahamas, but houses its most elusive species.
These creatures must be able to swim far or fast, to search for food,
mates and shelter. These iconic species:
Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Sperm Whales and even the reclusive Blainesville
Beaked Whales are some of the deepest hunters on the planet. Schools of fish and flocks of birds exploit
every advantage in this environment, whether a patch of seaweed or a rocky
From the coral that formed the Bahamas, to the
mangroves that protect its sand flats from tropical storms, each eco-region,
and many species of the Bahamas, depend on each other to survive. Together these interconnected ecosystems and
species embody the magic of the Bahamas.
Explore the creatures that play surprising roles in one another’s lives
and the intricate food web that connects them all. Measured by the incoming and outbound tides
and the dramatic shifts from day to night, we spend a magical day in
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