Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Report from first shoot at Russian River Vineyards

It seems every time you schedule a shoot, you can plan and plan and plan, but you can never expect what you're going to end up capturing. When my crew and I drove up to Forestville, CA on Sunday, we thought we were going to see one of the largest bat colonies in Northern California. But what we ended up with was the crux of this new film's storyline - the bat population in North America is in dramatic decline.

Director Kristin Tieche waiting for the sun to set and the bats to emerge.

And, even though we didn't see thousands of bats, we did meet a human bat advocate - Chris O'Neill, a friend of the bats, the winery owner who truly wishes to see the return of the four species of bats who very recently dominated his property. There were as many as 4,000 bats on the property only a handful of years ago.

Sound recordist Leandro da Rosa Marques preparing to capture bat sounds.

We sincerely hope the owners of Russian River Vineyards receive the funding to restore their barn - the bat habitat they inherited when they purchased the property four years ago.

Two bats emerge from the barn at Russian River Vineyards.

Please check back for clips from our successful and insightful shoot.

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