Archives for June, 2011

The $100,000 Voyage

The price of a first-class cabin on the Titanic was $4,350, which would be $97,000 in today’s dollars. That’s vastly more expensive than the $3,795 that it would cost to book a luxury suite on one of the few remaining transatlantic liner voyages today. But remember that traveling on the Titanic’s maiden voyage was much…

Expert "Flea Man" Jimmy Kaplow’s Top 10 Tips on How to Find Second-Hand Treasures

1: Specialize. Pick something to look for that you enjoy, because you’re most likely to be knowledgeable about it. Everybody knows something about something, whether it’s music or sports, or even a particular kind of wood, such as oak. I like rock’n’roll, so when I go to the flea market, I look for albums, autographs,…

The Whale That Ate Jaws

The great white shark is often thought of as the ultimate ocean predator, a mindless, untouchable killing machine at the top of the food chain.  Because of an incident that occurred just off San Francisco, we now know that it’s much more complicated than that.  Great whites are in fact prey for a much larger…

Demolishing a 3,000 Foot Bridge

By: Stefan Wiesen, Director of Photography Shooting for “3,000 Foot Bridge” presented some major challenges to me. First and foremost, it was rainy and cold. Everybody who has the sunny postcard pictures of nice Mediterranean beaches and sun-flooded romantic cityscapes in mind, be reminded: the North Italian winter can be miserable. I had been in…

Filming the ‘Witness’ Disaster Series

By: Carolyn Wells, Assistant Producer ‘Witness Disaster’ ‘Witness Disaster’ was a very different challenge to most documentaries I have worked on. Instead of trying to find the best things that we could go out and film we had to find out what had already been filmed by other people! The project therefore started with myself…