Victoria filmmaker to follow diver’s 50-km undersea trek

Posted: 09/16/2011 in all marine news

Michael D. Reid – 

When Victoria filmmaker Ian Hinkle finishes shooting undersea footage of a scuba-diving marathon in southern California’s Pacific waters that once teemed with blue sharks, it’s safe to say his film won’t be mistaken for Shark Night 3D.

Sure, there will be sharks and other ocean predators – and 3D cameras. They’re part of an arsenal of equipment to be operated by Hinkle, media director for the Canadian social enterprise Global Reef, and his team of land and underwater photographers from near and far – uniting this weekend for a fascinating expedition and his documentary chronicling it.

But 30-Mile-Dive isn’t Hollywood escapism. The film’s “star” – Scott Cassell, veteran deep-sea explorer and U.S. counter-terrorism operative – will attempt a non-stop scuba dive at more than six metres deep for 50 kilometres, from Catalina Island’s Avalon Harbor to Los Angeles, using state-of-the-art equipment to perform scientific experiments and convey a sobering message.

The goal is to draw attention to an ocean crisis that, being underwater, is conveniently out of sight, yet frighteningly real.

“That’s why I joined the expedition as a filmmaker,” explained Hinkle, who hails from Washington state, has a BA in film from UBC and has two decades of production experience in capacities from cinematographer to producer. Specializing in socio-political and environmental issues, he has long been attracted to adventure stories.

Since making his directorial debut on The Living Coast for Discovery Channel, he has worked on several documentaries with climbers and solosailors.

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