In early July, Angus Yates called me and said he wanted to go out with us and shoot a documentary for his USC film school project. Angus is 19 years old, and has what it takes to become a great film maker: good energy, asks good questions, and has the ability to capture the topic in a way that compels the viewer to want to deeper look into the issue at hand. Angus also brought along Xuan Zhong, who did a great job handling the sound and also bringing up good topics for the interview. The two of them made for a complimentary team.
There is one point in this video that I would like to clarify because there is a pause in the audio. Where I say the following: "…this ghost gear kills whales, dolphins, sea lions, and large fish…[pause] 360,000 die every year… I want to see that come to an end." I want to make it clear: the 360,000 die from ghost gear alone!!
I hope this video will inspire more of you to get out and enjoy the wonders that the oceans offer us. If there are any aspiring film makers out there, let's get you out with us and get more people pumped up about saving our friends in the ocean!
Please enjoy Defenders of the Deep, by Angus Yates