A Rising Tide – Creating A Documentary Series
Today launches the premier of a documentary series we’ve been hard at work on for the past 4 months.
A Rising Tide will air for 18 episodes on YouTube, Facebook and ARisingTide.tv
This all started when Graham Casden of Ocean First and me, Matt Abraxas of New Focus Films, discussed the possibility of doing a video about a kid on scholarship, learning about marine science and scuba diving. A couple years later, I pitched the idea of full documentary series that takes 3 kids through the TIDES program and ends with them all on a trip to get their final scuba certification.
On my way to the meeting, I was thinking about what the series would be called. I liked how the term, “a rising tide lifts all ships” could be interpreted as an investment in our future leaders. I had a couple other names that I don’t even remember now, but “A Rising Tide” hit home.
Graham brought in Mehgan Heaney-Grier as a series host.
We moved pretty quickly on the idea, creating a scholarship contest that brought in dozens of submissions from local kids.
Once we had gear donations by MARES and Paralenz, with training donations by SSI, it was time move.
Watch the first episode here:
Compared to other documentary series you’ve likely seen (National Geographic or Dirty Jobs), this is extremely low budget, but I think it’s just as good, if not better.
It’s primarily filmed by me with occasional help from some of the Ocean First folks: Graham Casden, Klara Fejer, Kellon Spencer, and even Mehgan Heaney-Grier supplying her own vlogs. I film it with multiple cameras and stow away at my editing bay for many hours to get each episode complete.
This may not be an advisable way for most content creators to run a show, but it works for me. I’m immensely proud of the project and excited to see it reach viewers starting today!