Based in Asia. Filming the World.
In the fourteen year period between 1986 and 2000, the biennial Kenwood Cup conducted by the Royal Hawaiian Ocean Racing Club became one of the most prestigious and hotly contested sailing regattas held anywhere in the world. Both professional and amateur sailors alike appreciated the extreme challenges of racing the big winds and dramatic seas of the Pacific Islands and then enjoyed the unique "Aloha" hospitality that reflects the historic culture of Hawaii.
With both inter-yacht and inter-country competition, the Kenwood Cup became one of the most important international events on the racing calendar, with teams of sailors from the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, French Tahiti, Bermuda, Canada all making the commitment to cross the Pacific to the island of Oahu and Race the Winds of Paradise.
In 1990, marine artist, photographer and film maker Phil Uhl and his company Channel Sea Television – CSTV - put together the foundations of an international team of extremely experienced, sailing television professionals who would work together for the next ten years and cover the event for global television and media exposure. As producer/editor, Phil was also supported by his business partner, director Leslie Demeuse, operations co-coordinator Michiko Wada and a host of talented production personnel.
While Hawaii-based DP, Mike May applied his local knowledge to filming all the marina and land based material, acclaimed photographer Kaoru Soehata and Americas Cup / Olympic regatta DP, Laurie K. Gilbert alternated as the two specialist cameramen in the air and on the water and the event imagery continued to pioneer sailing regatta coverage worldwide for many years.
Every event year, the CSTV team presented a dramatic 18 minute film that captured all the challenges and the action from the race course on the big screen as an opener for the Awards Banquet night. The material was then re-edited into a one hour television documentary programme hosted by sailing television veteran, Gary Jobson for global release through the ESPN network.
|Production Company||Channel Seas Television|
|Director||Leslie De Meuse|
|Talent Pilot||Producer Phil Uhl, ESPN Presenter Gary Jobson|
|Filming Technique||Aerial gyro stabilsed imagery|