Friday, October 16, 2015

Make The Ocean Great Again

One of my friends sent me a story this afternoon about how Donald Trump has spent $678,000 on hats and t-shirts on his campaign to become our next president. The story inspired me. Make America Great Again? How about Make The Ocean Great Again? Yes, you can now be the envy of all your conservation friends for the low, low price of $14.99.

UPDATE:
I made a better version using Zazzle.com. This one is only $24.95, and you have the option of picking the color and style of the hat.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Almost Famous in Fiji

Of Shark and Man Deleted Scenes - Angelo Villagomez Interview from Scarlet View Media on Vimeo.

About 4 years ago I gave an interview to David Diley for his film Of Shark and Man. I didn't make the final cut of the film -- but I made the website's deleted scene section. Here's what David had to say about it:
Excerpts from an interview in Fiji with professional Shark Conservationist and Marine Sanctuary expert, Angelo Villagomez. The footage and sound is raw from the camera and audio recorder, no grading or post processing on either.

This interview focused upon the issue facing sharks in and around Fiji and the South Pacific. Angelo discusses shark finning, bycatch and the threats to marine eco-systems which arise from overfishing and also the importance to local communities, of protecting these environments.

This interview didn't make it into the final cut mainly because I wanted to focus more on the positive aspects of the shark/human relationship in Fiji and I felt its inclusion would have taken the film down a different path, away from the core themes.
And I'll just add that I no longer work in shark conservation. These days I'm working with grassroots community groups to create marine protected areas.

And I'll also add that this was filmed about a month before I got married. Married life has apparently been hard. I look so young in this video!