Beautiful Swimmers Revisited Advances to Post-Production:
Inspired by 1976 Pulitizer Prize-winning Bestseller
November 2015 – VideoTakes wraps up production on Beautiful Swimmers Revisited this month as the crab season comes to a close on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The film, an initiative of the Bay Journal, is inspired by William W. Warner’s 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.
Sandy Cannon-Brown and her partners, writer/host Tom Horton and producer/photographer Dave Harp, were on the water more than 20 days during the summer learning about the state of crabs and crabbing from watermen, scientists, and fishery managers.
“Warner’s book has never been out of circulation. Nothing published since, including James Michener’s blockbuster Chesapeake, has surpassed it,” Horton said. “Today’s Chesapeake is not the same bay in which William Warner conducted his inquiries of crabs and crabbing during the 1960s and ’70s. Yet much remains. In remoter parts of the estuary, it is still possible to revisit Warner’s storied haunts, even to catch-up with characters in Beautiful Swimmers.”
The blue crab inhabits every niche from the deep channels to the marshes, and the ocean to the limits of tide miles up the rivers. Any long-term changes in crab populations would have major consequences for the whole ecosystem. If crabs were to fail, the economies of communities like Smith Island would crumble. When crab abundance in the Bay is low, as it was in 2014, the whole region takes an economic hit.
Horton’s timely script, brought to life by Cannon-Brown and esteemed Bay photographer David Harp, will investigate the whys and wherefores of the trends as it weaves a colorful tale that entertains, educates and enlightens.
Horton, who covered the environment for the Baltimore Sun for 35 years, has written eight books about the Chesapeake Bay. His honors include the John Burroughs Award for the best book of nature writing, the David Brower award from the Sierra Club, and other awards from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Audubon Society. Most recently, outgoing governor Martin O’Malley honored Horton as an Admiral of the Chesapeake. He currently is a Professor of Practice in Environmental Studies at Salisbury University.
To learn more about the film, and to make a much-appreciated donation, go to http://www.bayjournal.com/beautiful-swimmers-revisited
National Park Service Video Shows How Modern Technology Saves Historic Workboat
St. Michaels, MD – VideoTakes’ President Sandy Cannon-Brown is working with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to document the authentic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood, the last surviving bugeye on the Chesapeake Bay.
Cannon-Brown was there as the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Program scanned and photographed every inch of the hull to show how Edna was put together piece by piece.
The project is part of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Maritime Documentation Program, with the produced measured drawings added to the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection in The Library of Congress to document the last working oyster boat of her kind. The information was turned into a 3D model (see video) to aid shipwrights and apprentices in the restoration of the Edna E. Lockwood.
The first challenge to Edna’s restoration is finding the southern yellow pine logs required to replace Edna’s bottom. Twelve logs measuring 52” in length and 3- to 4-feet in diameter are needed. Wherever and whenever CBMM finds these logs, Cannon-Brown will be there to capture the activity!