• October 2007

    We recently completed recording the narration for all four programs of the series with Robert Redford at Skywalker Ranch. Redford generously contributed his time to the project. He was a pleasure to work with and we received great support from his staff in LA and Utah as well as the people at Skywalker Sound.

    We also recorded six actors’ voices in Sacramento for readings of journals, diaries and book passages and have added all the sound tracks to the four programs.

    With the narration set, we are now in full post-production with music scoring, animated graphics and the continued addition of what now looks like about 600 still images as well as lots of historic film footage. We plan to add some visuals from the programs to the website soon.

    We also completed more location shoots:

    – At the Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco, we interviewed historian Philip Choy as well as looked through their photograph collection for images of Chinese fishermen and shrimpers.

    – At the Port of Oakland, thanks to AMNAV Navigation we were out on the Bay in one of their new “tractor” tugs shooting two tugboats guiding a containership to its Oakland Estuary dock.

    – At the Cargill salt ponds in Newark a big thank you to Jill Singleton, who arranged for us to capture the 2007 salt harvest as a follow up to our earlier shoot which included on-site interviews.

    – In Alameda for Coastal Cleanup Day, Save the Bay arranged for us to shoot volunteers helping clean and restore Alameda Creek/Eden Landing.

    – At Sutter’s Mill in Coloma we shot footage for the Gold Rush segment opening our second program.

    Fundraising continued to progress as a handful of underwriters have recently contributed led by the Packard Foundation’s $100,000. We are still raising money so please support completion of Saving the Bay by going to the Donate button on the left side of the navigation bar. All funds go to KQED/Northern California Public broadcasting and are tax-deductible charitable donations.