Chesapeake Bay documentary

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Chesapeake Bay documentary 
A one-hour documentary for regional public television, public
screenings at musuems and schools in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC area.

The film examines the loss of the Chesapeake Bay oyster grounds, once the world's greatest oyster fishing grounds as a result of
overfishing and the introduction of foreign oysters by scientists
and oyster growers. The loss devastated the ecology of the ecosystem and the economy of the tidal fishing villages that depended on the catch.

Most of the story is told by watermen and scientists, but I also need a narrator with strong voice but a relaxed, almost conversational style. Narrator needs to evoke a sense of history, a sense of loss, and some muted hopes for the future.  
2009-10-27 16:00:54 GMT
2009-11-09 14:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
To be defined
Via TV: Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC
About 20 pages of narration.
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud OR
• Audio files must be delivered by regular mail
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
The Voice Actor should have at least 4 years of experience in the voice industry.
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

Script provided by the seeker below, read only for narrator. 
A contemporary color scene. The time is now. Two oxygen tanks
on a dock, a power boat in background. A diver picks up the
tanks. On the bridge of the boat, a scientist hits a switch and a
console of controls rises in front of him.

After a century and a half of
heavy harvesting, what has
happened to these great reefs?

A diver carries the tanks towards the boat.

We wanted to find out.

Scientist and his crew gather on bridge to begin journey

Scientists seldom see oysters in
their natural environment. Unless,
they're willing to leave their
laboratories and go looking for
them deep in the dark waters of
Chesapeake Bay.

Ken Paynter steering boat out of harbor.

We want to show other people what
the bottom of the bay looks like

Zoomback from boat to wide shot of the Bay.

After years in the laboratory
biologist Ken Paynter had to learn
SCUBA diving to see first hand how
oysters were faring in their real
home -- the oyster reefs along the
bottom of the Bay.

Bow moving across Bay waters. Divers waiting in cockpit. Divers suiting up.

He now leads a team of
researchers, many of them graduate
students trained as scientists --
and as divers.

* * * *
Diver picks up oyster. Camera flash and freeze frame of diver
holding a single oyster.

Those discoveries accelerated an
argument, an old argument between
scientists who study oysters and
watermen who harvest them.

Slow zoom down to a map of the Chesapeake, then a long dissolve to an underwater shot of what oyster reefs used to
look like.
The Chesapeake Bay, the largest
estuary in America, once held
oyster reefs that were the largest
in the world, huge reefs that
have long fascinated scientists.

For a scientist, reefs like these
were wonders of nature. For a
waterman they were the greatest
oyster-catching grounds in the

* * * *
A hand tonger balanced on the side of his workboat.

Watermen called them the Lord's
oysters. These oysters belonged to
no king, no corporation. They were
everyone's oysters. They belonged
to the man or woman . . .

Underwater view of tongs, full of oysters, rising towards the surface.

. . . willing to tackle them
with the old-time tools.

Aerials of skipjack change from black and white to color,
bringing us back to present. We are back on Art Daniels'

The Chesapeake Bay would be a
commons, then, an oyster commons
open to all.

An oyster dredge comes up, full of oysters. Long shot of
deck, a tattered American flag in foreground.

Like a dredge or a tong, it's an
old idea. An American idea.

* * * *
A research boat headed out.

Can an oyster commons open to all
long endure? 
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