Our Blue – The Tank Bangers

Description:

How on earth did a bunch of diving instructors decide that enough is enough and we want our say? Well… It started in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Sitting on the edge of the stunning Red Sea. Home to one of the natural wonders of the world. Home of the Ras Mohammed National Park. The people involved so far are from all walks of life. Previously lorry drivers, IT engineers, bankers, soldiers, nurses etc etc, all enjoying their new lives as diving instructors and guides.

And then something happened. In December 2010 a series of shark attacks changed the world. For us and for them. There are many reasons why these attacks happened. We promise you this much – it is not because sharks are evil. Drop that thought RIGHT NOW. But the world’s media went shark hunting mad. And the tourism industry in Egypt took a massive hit. And in all honesty – this really upset us. But it did mean that due to a lack of work – we had a huge amount of time on our hands. Along with a large number of tanks. Ripe for banging.
Then on one quiet sunny afternoon a few staff did a fun dive and decided to make an underwater music video. A spoof. Nothing more. Something fun to pass the time. They filmed a crazy comedy version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. And people that had never dived before – that had never snorkelled before – really liked it.. Yet while we laughed at our own antics we realised something.. “Why don’t we write our own song. A song about the blue. And why we love her. A song that shows the world how it could be. A song that shows the world what we have done. And a song that shows the world we must change our ways. So we did.

It is our message to the world. It is your song. It is our song. Because it is our blue. And all we want you to do is sing. Because everyone deep down loves to. It is so much fun. And singing when we know it’s for a reason greater than ourselves – is even better. So WE are going to sing. For you. For us. For our world. And it’s about time.

The first music video filmed entirely underwater. Performed in English – the film has also been subtitled in 20 languages in order to reach a greater number of people. Only 5 minutes long – it took approximately 600 dives, 1000 takes and 10 months to make.7 minutes long. It has taken hundred of dives and thousands of takes. It has cost us a small fortune and most of our sanity. But it is done. We hope you enjoy it. We hope you get behind us. There is much yet to do. Please share it and please buy it. Sing it far and wide. This is our chance to sing for our oceans. It is time to go BOOM.

Positive results:

The proceeds from the sale of the song will be given to the organisations shown @ 5:40.

http://www.projectaware.org/givesharksachance
http://www.sharkproject.org
http://www.wwf.org
http://www.pretoma.org
http://www.seashepherd.org
http://www.unitedconservationists.org
http://www.marinemegafauna.org
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org

We are the fastest growing, most enthusiastic and darn right dangerous group of oceanic conservationists currently not in an asylum.

Our vision is crystal clear – we want to “Promote, Inspire and Educate” a better knowledge and understanding of the intricate and delicate machine that is our oceans by utilising music, comedy and social media to encourage more cooperation and unity between divers, ocean lovers and other marine focused conservation groups to really get the increasingly desperate cry of our oceans heard.

Our first major project “Our Blue” is a song and a video designed to portray the beauty and fragility of the ocean and convey how we are mistreating and neglecting her. Available for purchase on line from various outlets, with the song “Our Blue”, it is our intention to raise money to donate to selected marine conservation groups and organisations that will, we hope, enable them to continue the great work they are doing for our oceans.

Beyond “Our Blue” we have a myriad of ideas and projects in mind that are also designed to raise awareness and funds to support many more marine conservation organisations and initiatives both locally and globally including our own.

Our strength and effectiveness comes from our individual members who are continually proving that by combining our shared passion there is no measure to what can be accomplished for our oceans, their life and ultimately our own future.

Contact/Links:

Nick Stec: nick.stec@thetankbangers.org
Nick is an underwater cinematographer based in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Website: http://www.thetankbangers.org/
View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5HXyOgz2YA
Join in on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TheTankBangers/
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_tankbangers
Help support the Tank Bangers and visit their shop!
http://tankbangersshop.spreadshirt.co.uk/

By Jason Peters

Save Our Sharks A Save Our Seas Foundation

Description:

Save Our Sharks highlights the terrible price of tradition. Sharks are finned alive for a tasteless soup with no nutritional value. Once the privilege of only the affluent, new wealth in Asia has made shark fin soup more affordable. The high price of fins makes shark fishing very profitable and millions are slaughtered every year. Many species now face extinction. Life on earth relies on the sea. The ocean needs sharks: the killing must stop.
Running time: 6′ 16″

Save Our Sharks – aims to influence the next generation to open their eyes to the devastating cruelty and terrible waste caused by shark finning all in the name of tradition.

Positive results:

Save Our Sharks is part of the Save Our Seas short, ‘sticky’ film campaign. The film delivers a conservation message in a provocative way designed to vividly remain in the mind of the viewer. The film featured during European Shark week and has been shown at several festivals including Wavescape in Cape Town (SA surfer’s festival) and the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan attended by 180,000 people. It won a Panda award at the Wildscreen Film Festival and was part of the Save Our Seas campaign category entry that won a ‘Rocky’ award at Jackson Hole Film Festival.

Save Our Sharks has been provided to WWFHK (Hong Kong) and Wildaid to help with their campaign work. It has been translated into Mandarin for distribution in China.

China has banned shark fin soup at its’ official banquets. Save Our Sharks is part of a collective effort by conservationists that has made a difference in the battle against shark finning. See: China Bans Shark Fin Soup at Official Banquets

The Save Our Seas Foundation hope to continue campaigning with the film to reach as many viewers as possible and change a tradition that is having a serious negative effect on sharks worldwide.

Contact/Links:

Mandarin Version: https://vimeo.com/46685530
Producer: Caroline Brett – caroline@saveourseas.com
Director of Hong Kong sequences: Jo Ruxton
Camera: Dan Beecham, Tom Campbell, Dennis Coffman, Alex
Hofford, Paul Menge, Lesley Rochat & Wade Muller
Editor: Alan Miller
Save Our Seas Foundation: http://saveourseas.com/

By Jason Peters