Seashore Digital Diaries: Cundy’s Harbor Lobster Harvesters Rob and Karin Watson

Seashore Digital Diaries, a fall semester course taught by visiting filmmaker and Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover ’83, P’17 and cross-listed in three departments — visual arts, environmental studies, and cinema studies — used video production as a tool of inquiry at the seashore. We conclude our weekly series featuring a selection of the videos produced with the piece,”Cundy’s Harbor,” with description and commentary provided by Conover:

A successful interview is part art, part science, and mostly connecting with the right people in the right moment. Dana White ’15 edits this four minute-long sequence of an interview her crew conducts in Cundy’s Harbor with lobster harvesters Rob and Karin Watson. Ezra Duplissie-Cyr ‘15 is asking the questions, and Tim Hanley ’15 alternates as cameraman and audio recordist. The “Working Waterfront Interview” is one of the five shoots over the semester that involves a 5 a.m. crew call at the Edwards Digital Media Lab, then a short drive to the coast. The low-angle dawn light casts a warm glow on the faces of Rob and Karin, as they set off to haul 400 traps.  Rob and Karin will then do double-duty in the afternoon as the sixth generation of Watsons to run the General Store, which supplies the working waterfront with fuel and bait. I love how Dana’s perceptive edit conveys the core values of these two remarkable people — family, hard work, and living local. She builds the sequence with local sounds only — no music — and she finds a way to include a sequence of a rare blue lobster caught by a seven-year-old Watson grandson. An evocative portrait. Well done!

View the other installments: Seashell HeadphonesFort PophamSeastone Sculptor and Coastal Reflections.

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