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On Location With Dolphins

bigImage Patagonia, Argentina

For the final sequences of Dolphins, the MFF film crew journeyed to Puerto Piramides, located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, to film scientists studying dusky dolphins in the waters of Golfo Nuevo. An old fishing town, Puerto Piramides is a small village with one main road, about 200 residents, one motel and a few cabanas for rent. Visitors can take tour boats for dolphin-watching trips but there is no public swimming allowed with the dolphins. Our film crew and scientists obtained a special permit to film and study the dolphins and were accompanied by a conservation officer from the area.

Puerto Piramides proved to be an incredible location, but it was affectionately referred to by our crew as "two hours from nowhere" for its remote locale. It was a challenge to film because of the winds, which were more like hair-raising gales capable of making a placid sea fraught with foam in under thirty minutes. Between the wind and the cold water, the location proved a stark contrast to the shoot in the Bahamas.

bigImage Elbow Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas

Tiny Elbow Cay (pronounced "key"), just off the eastern coast of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, set the stage for filming Dolphins. Located in the Bermuda Triangle and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Sea of Abaco, Elbow Cay's crystalline, turquoise waters were ideal for filming Atlantic spotted dolphins in the large-format. The clear waters are also ideal for observing and studying dolphins. Even though the Bahamas are relatively flat, the shallow waters surrounding the islands offer some protection from storms. These shallow waters also provide dolphins with a place for socializing, rest, and protection from deep-water sharks and the whims of oceanic waters. Often the dolphins are seen heading out in the late afternoon to feed in deep water.

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A MacGillivray Freeman Film, in association with the National Wildlife Federation. Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lorimore. Director: Greg MacGillivray. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution. Japanese Distributor: Sarai Inc. Executive Producer: Christopher N. Palmer. Writers: Tim Cahill, Stephen Judson. Directors of Photography. Greg MacGillivray, Brad Ohlund. Narrator: Pierce Brosnan. Music by: Sting.


BMZ Reviews:

BMZ Review of Dolphins By Herb Lash

I Need You Like This Hole In My Head By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"Dolphins" By Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly

"Dolphins" By Vladimir Zelevinsky, The Tech (MIT)

"Dolphins more than IMAX eye-candy." By Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies

"Under the Sea" By Maryann Johanson, The Flick Filosopher

"Dolphins" By Norm Schrager, 24 Frames Per Second

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BMZ User Reviews

Rating: Excellent
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Rating: Excellent
Posted by: ken_vandine
Great movie! Makes me want to move to the Bahamas and play with the Dolphins everyday :-) ... Read More >>