Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Film and TV Production Hub with Sharks for Filmmakers

Miami, FLORIDA - Sharks are some of nature’s most sought after animals in the production world. 

The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) has long been considered as one of the oceans top predators. Perhaps that is why divers and non-divers the world over get such an exciting adrenaline packed thrill from encountering them. 
Film productions seeking these unique sharks have long had difficulties finding and successfully producing these large predators – until now.

Bimini Bull Run is a new shark production location on the pristine and white sand island of Bimini, Bahamas a 30 minute flight from the USA.   Purpose built for film the television productions at the marina of the Bimini Big Game Club Resort seeking guaranteed shark encounters with large Bull Sharks. This unique site will also be used as a regional film and TV training center for Bahamians seeking to learn more about productions in the Bahamas.

It is a well known industry secret that successful productions with sharks, from commercials to reality tv/hosted shows, enjoy what has been called, “ the shark bump,’ the rise in ratings when sharks are an integral part of productions.

Bimni Bull Run was conceived and built by industry experts who have designed cage systems and a unique platform that is land based to guarantee shark encounters in as short a time as possible, enabling a host of productions the flexibility to film Bull Sharks safely and efficiently.

Bimini Bull Run is a commercial concept endorsed and supported by the Shark-Free Marinas Initiative and the Bahamas Film Commission. Bimini Bull Runs specially designed cage systems are attached to purpose built docks that allow divers, non divers, filmmakers, and underwater photographers access this unique and thrilling underwater world. 

Bimini Bull Run is strategically located just 40 minutes from additional offshore shark species such as Tiger Sharks ( Galeocerdo cuvier) and Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus perezi).

A spokesperson for the site said: “We’re very excited to be able to offer one day guaranteed shark encounters with this completely unique under filmed shark species. Sharks are under siege around the world and we have found that positive encounters with sharks change attitudes and mind sets allowing for the continued preservation of these animals in ways that negative encounters cannot accomplish. At the end of the day these magnificent animals have called Bimini Big Game Club home since the 1930’s when folks like Ernest Hemmingway called this resort and marina home. It’s a completely new opportunity that allows divers, non divers, and productions a safe place to encounter them in their natural habitat.”

Since 2002 we have been doing productions with sharks in the Bahamas. In the film and TV world The Bahamas is known for the ease in which you can film sharks and for your outstanding Film TV Commission and staff who go to great lengths to make productions happen here.

Unfortunately there are no sites where you can film sharks successfully, or guaranteed, in one day. Most production sites for sharks in the Bahamas require a boat trip or diver certification and a minimum of two or three days of film time which sends a lot of productions to other sites around the world.

It's a shark production need that has gone unfilled - until now.

Additionally this new shark site, when in production use, will allow local school children to watch and be part of select productions hopefully opening the world to film and television to them on the ground level. 

About Bimini Bull Run

Biminibullrun.com is the preeminent one day guaranteed shark encounter site in the Bahamas. Along with cage diving instruction and optional pool courses our specially designed cages allow non certified divers a rare glimpse into the world of the sharks face to face. Our goal is to educate, inspire, and share the world of the sharks with generations of divers and non divers the world over to help preserve this precious resource for future generations.

For more information on Bimini Bull Run please visit www.Biminibullrun.com

About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at sharkcrew@gmail.com.