'News' on television is mostly negative these days. That's part of the reason I decided to teach myself how to make short documentaries--to share positive human interest stories. Humanity isn't all brutal. There are people who might live next door to you who are pursuing their quirky and unique interests quietly and humbly.
I used a new camera to videotape a shark-tagging expedition with Steve in the SF Bay in November 2013.
It is my hope that the stories I craft in digital video will inspire others to delve into doing their own thing.
Here is a 'treatment' of my next profile which is in production.
Story synopsis: Fisherman gone Conservationist
All his life, Steve has thrived near water. After he moved to a boat-house, he became obsessed with round-the-clock fishing trips. Hunting for ‘big monsters’ landed him a 440 lb Broadnose Sevengill shark, the largest ever caught in the San Francisco Bay.
But Steve realized that if he wanted to have enough sharks around to fish for, he better start helping them. So he started his own do-it-yourself shark-tagging expeditions for Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. He has since begun a non-profit, Ocean Marine Conservancy. In partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Steve is contributing data from his shark tagging expeditions to a ten-year study of Seven Gills and Leopard Sharks.
Steve Shirley is now a well-respected Seven Gill shark fisherman. He believes his research, combined with the information provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium about the species, will convince the Department of Fish and Game to protect Seven Gills and Leopard sharks in the SF Bay.
What's involved with tagging sharks? What happens when Steve proposes his shark-tagging model to commercial fisherman? Could the Bay Area become a model for ECO shark-fishing? Will the data provided to the Department of Fish and Game enable protections for sharks in the SF Bay?
Well, that's what my next short documentary profile is about.