Summer Project 2022
Mermaid Hunter Films is undertaking its most ambitious project yet titled: Mermaid Secrets. It’s a cellphone app for tourists visiting KW who want to go snorkeling right off the beaches. I need an on-camera talent/hostess acting as a guide who will not only describe the dive site but dive underwater to point out interesting items first time snorkelers would miss. No Nudity. Must be a waterbaby. Job pays BIG BUCKS if you bring your A-game to the bargaining table. Project will be shot on your schedule throughout the summer / early Autumn. 2 hour ‘paid’ casting test needed. Local Keys talent (up to Marathon) will be considered. Go for it!
Selling the Studio
Six weeks ago I had an epiphany! I was offered a fashion catalog shoot for a small but up-an-coming swimwear designer. I turned down the gig for two reasons: they didn’t want any underwater imagery which is my specialty, but most importantly, for the first time in my career I dreaded shooting on location with my current camera hardware… because of the weight and bulk of my Sony system. My dread shook me to my core and forced me to reevaluate my future in photography and movie making. This gig should have brought joy but it did not. Hmmm.
Casually surfing the Internet brought focus to my problem and its solution. Dude! You’re aging; you’re in your 70’s… You don’t need to lug 70 lbs. of gear to the beach. You don’t! Look here, GoPro has just released GoPro 10 with a new processor and improved stabilization. And look at the new iPhone 13 pro max. Wow. Look at those specs. They rival your Sony s.
The die was cast.
I sold most of my studio gear: lights, tripods, cameras & lenses, gimbals, sliders… the works! Wrapping and boxing the gear was tough but liberating. I was throwing off the shackles of the past and looking forward. Below constitutes most of my NEW studio… that I can carry in one backpack and not 3 heavy cases (which are for sale btw).
The Sea Siren Coffee Table Book
Hard cover coffee table edition available mid-December. Cost: $135
A downloadable Digital Version can be purchased on Amazon by taking this link… The Sea Siren
To celebrate 10 years of creative collaboration with international model/celebrity Nikki du Plessis I am publishing a hardcover coffee table book “The Sea Siren” which chronicles the highs & lows we shared making The Sea Siren movie and art show. Available December 10, 2021.
Mermaid Hunter Magazine Now Publishing Quarterly
Publishing monthly was just too demanding on my time. So much going on around here. Hoping to get out a “Winter” edition in time for Christmas shopping.
Apologies to mermaid Amelia who worked hard for the cover that never was. We attempted a scary Halloween theme. If interested go Behind-the-Scenes of this shoot and check out Amelia’s efforts in the new Media Center.
New Mermaid On the Horizon
Mermaid Hunter is trying like hell to bring former lifeguard “Scarlet” to Key West to star in a Mermaid Hunter Perfume campaign. Initial negotiations have gone well but her work calendar is booked well into 2022. Yikes!
Issue 3 of Mermaid Hunter Magazine is out – click the photo for link, enjoy!
And a “Job well done” to cover model Melissa.
Here is the Issue 2 Cover of Mermaid Hunter Magazine… Congrats to Sea Siren Winter for nailing the expression that befits my famous quotation.
Mermaid Winter Goes Underwater for the Next Mermaid Hunter Magazine Cover… An outtake from the shoot is below. Winter was underwater for almost 90 minutes. I’m going to make a behind-the-scenes video to show how I (no WE) made the cover shot. Models never get the recognition and praise they deserve… Awesome job Winter. Cant wait to edit and decide on the final image that will be the cover.
Mermaid Hunter Magazine
Click Image below to take you to the premiere issue.
A True Mermaid Story
While my scooter is being serviced I decide to take a walk to my old haunt The Casa Marina Resort… I worked there for 15 years! I meander the grounds and work my way to the beach where I see a man with a cellphone taking pictures of a mermaid at the waterline. Well, I am the Mermaid Hunter. I butt in and and show the duo the back of my shirt which proudly announces I am The Mermaid Hunter. The mermaid squeals in delight. The guy WANTS me to take over the camera duties as he is not related to the mermaid but was commandeered to take pictures. He exits; I introduce myself to Mermaid Melanie from Houston, Texas. We have a lovely chat but time is not on my side… I must get back to the repair shop before it closes. Long story short I offer Mermaid Melanie some work if she wants to travel over the summer months. Mermaid Melanie… It was a pleasure meeting you today. Make contact.
Spokesmodel search announced.
I am searching for a local Key West woman who will represent the vitality and charm of the Mermaid Hunter brand – which includes a tropical scented perfume, a jewelry line, and fashions with mermaid designs and more. In essence, she will become the public image of the MH brand via various media on various social platforms. Several corporate / product campaigns will be created throughout Summer ’22. The goal is to have our sales message ready when we open an Amazon storefront in late fall for the 2022 Christmas buying season.
Heads Up ! A $50 finders fee if you introduce me to the candidate chosen to be our next spokesmodel.