• January 2008

    We continue in post-production and are working to refine four hours of rough cuts completed in November. Several pieces are moving ahead at once including music scoring, animated graphics and acquisition and insertion of hundreds of still images as well as lots of historic film footage. We also recorded two more actors’ voices in Sacramento for readings of journals, diaries and book passages and have begun adding natural sound to the four programs.

    The Bancroft Library in Berkeley has been heroic in helping us identify hundreds of historic images – photos, prints, paintings, drawings, maps and journals – being used in the programs. And all of this with smiles!

    After a final review the script underwent some last minute tweaks: The first section of Episode 4, focusing on threats to the Bay during the post World War II boom years, is now the last section of Episode 3 (its original location). Episode 4 opens with the Bay in peril around 1960 due to seemingly unlimited development potential and increased fouling of the waters from raw sewage, expansive garbage dumps and industrial pollution. We also added a section in Episode 3 about how the Port of Oakland is largely a man-made creation going back to the late 19th century.

    Among our recent film shoots the Army Corps of Engineers arranged for an excellent tour of the Port of Oakland dredging project where shipping channels are being dug to 50 feet to accommodate the latest container ships. The dredge material is then loaded onto huge barges which head up to a pumping station in the middle of San Pablo Bay. The material is then offloaded into a pipeline running seven miles to shore at the former Hamilton Field where it is being used to re-create tidal wetlands on what were recently airport runways. Completing the circle, the runways were originally built over diked wetlands.

    We are still raising completion funding so please help support completion of Saving the Bay by going to the Donate button on the left side of the navigation bar. All funds go through KQED/Northern California Public Broadcasting and are tax-deductible charitable donations.