A dream bubble during confinement:
In January 2019, during the diving fair appeared “the lord of the sea”The pilot episode of a promising shark series“ Legacy ”. If Patrick Metzlé, the producer, was happy with the pilot's release, it was not yet a “film” for him. This is now the case with the release of Sharkwave. If with this film the theme remains identical to the pilot, the narration and the rhythm of the film are completely different. Indeed, poetic elements and “emotional” sequences have been added to the narration and add real depth to the film. In this troubled and confining period this film is informative entertainment and a feast for the eyes. Curious to learn more, we contacted Patrick Metzlé for you to ask him a few questions.
Hello Patrick Metzlé, you are the producer of Shark wave, can you tell us a little more about Sharkwave and the difference with Legacy released in 2019?
I would also like to thank my team because we did this assembly in total telework during the confinement, each at home.
Muriel Sabaton in the editing, Julia Duchaussoy in the voice-over, Guillaume Lips in the calibration, Kinane Mouala in the sound mixing.
Sharkwave is available since April 6 free on Youtube, can you tell us more about this choice of broadcast?
When I entrusted this reassembly project to Pierre-Etienne, one of the specifications was that there would be no constraints in terms of duration. I could not therefore canvass channels without guaranteeing them a duration adapted to their boxes (52 or 90mn, 26mn rarer), so it could not exist elsewhere than on the Internet.
Anyway I had already invested in the pilot which will make its way for the LEGACY project so I did not put myself under pressure on a possible direct return on investment, if it can serve as a showcase to show our work around sharks and help set up our other projects then it will have been a good investment.
If in addition we can bring a little moment of escape and education on sharks to as many people as possible in this troubled time, then we will be more than happy.
Sharkwave clearly has an educational vocation but also a message, can you tell us more about this message?
Also it seems important to me to make known the extraordinary work that Steven Surina is doing with Shark Education for many years it has been done by itself and has worked hard empirically. It changes the way thousands of divers look at sharks all year round. He is the best person (in my opinion) to do it on a larger scale, beyond the rather small world of diving.
Will Shark Wave be presented at festivals? Have you started thinking about episode 2?
On the other hand, we are in the process, still with Steven and Pierre-Etienne, of setting up an intermediate project in a more classic 52mn documentary format. This one is much more likely to see the light of day in the short term, especially since we have a lot of images already shot. As soon as we can start traveling again, it can go quickly.