Monday, November 11, 2013

Howard's Heart of the Sea ready to shoot in Canaries

The party is here, and the filming of scenes from a great book can begin here with a great crew, cast and director. La Gomera is lucky to host this very conscientious version of Hollywood hullabaloo. Hooray! …and yes, we know this and that, but we won't say anymore except that they all are surprisingly modest and 'environmentally friendly'. Well, on La Gomera they wouldn't last long if they weren't. Shooting will start shortly… and it won't be only Sundays anymore that I take shots. The photos below were taken last night @ sunset on everyone's day off.
And just let me reiterate: This film is NOT going to be ''a remake of Moby Dick'' as it is often referred to in the press and there won't be any whales painted white as some expect.
The true story of the whaler Essex was just one of a few that helped inspire Melville to write his fictional novel many years after the Essex tragedy. Melville himself (played by Ben Whishaw) will appear in the film In the Heart of the Sea. The Ron Howard film aims to tell the true story of 1820 as told in the historical book by N. Philbrick about the whaler Essex and its crew's epic fight for survival after their ageing ship had been badly damaged by a whale. It was the most talked-about tragedy at sea until the Titanic sank nearly 100 years later. However, it is true that scenes for the film Moby Dick directed by John Huston were shot on (and off) Madeira, as well as Youghal, Co.Cork, in Ireland and… in the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria). 
Let's just hope that 'In the Heart of the Sea' will succeed in rising above Melville's tale.

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