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At the Edge of the Sea  (1997)

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An absorbing exploration of coastal British Columbia, At the Edge of the Sea provides an insight into the diverse life that thrives within the ever-changing landscape of the Pacific shoreline. The film was over two years in production and was widely acclaimed, winning the Script and Revelation categories at Wildscreen 1998.

A vivid portrait of life amongst the violent surf, impressive time-lapse photography reveals the clever adaptations of the area's inhabitants. Acorn barnacles 'glue' themselves to rocks, while mussels produce strong threads to anchor themselves to the ocean floor and anemones develop adhesive undersides.

Renowned producer Rodger Jackman and his team developed a comprehensive marine studio, using surge tanks and wave machines to simulate the pounding surf to capture stunning footage of smaller creatures that would have been impossible to film on location. Detailing the graceful jets of sperm and eggs from sea urchins, the unusual mating habits of barnacles and the milky waters produced by schools of spawning herrings, this fifty minute film records a wealth of intriguing marine behaviour.

Interspersing intimate shots from the recreated environment with underwater footage from the wild, At the Edge of the Sea is a remarkable account of the wildlife inhabiting one of the most rugged terrains on Earth.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Rodger Jackman
Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Additional Photography: Jeff Morales
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Dubbing Editor: Paul Cowgill
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Davies
Editor: Mark Fletcher
Field Assistant: Russell Wyeth
Field Assistant: Shane Servant
Music Composer: Roger Bolton
Narrator: Gareth Armstrong
Photography: Bob Cranston
Photography: Alastair MacEwen
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Richard Kirby
Photography: Neil Rettig
Photography: Rudolf Kovanic
Producer: Rodger Jackman
Production: Jessica Wenstob
Production: Dean Cariou
Production: Rachel Jackman
Production: Paul Brealey
Production Manager: Elizabeth Leader
Production Organisation: Rodger Jackman
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Editor: Neil Nightingale
Sound: Elizabeth Leader
Sound: Kim Hayes
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Writer: Black Hound
Slow motion killers
Slow motion killers
Mussels renewing footholds
Mussels renewing footholds
Milky waters
Milky waters
Crashing waves
Crashing waves
Alastair MacEwen and Rodger Jackman filming tide pools for At the Edge of the Sea
Alastair MacEwen and Rodger Jackman filming...
Alastair MacEwen filming seaweeds for At the Edge of the Sea
Alastair MacEwen filming seaweeds for At...
Alastair MacEwen using a snorkel lens in the studio tide pool for At the Edge of the Sea
Alastair MacEwen using a snorkel lens in...
Rodger Jackman filming herring in a studio tank for At the Edge of the Sea
Rodger Jackman filming herring in a studio...