Students Test The Waters For ‘Rock the Boat’ Documentary
By Julie Baker
An eager team of future film-makers collaborate on a scorching Saturday morning at Dan Turner’s Sun Valley Fiberglas shop.
Potential host Keith Bennett stands underneath Arizona’s natural hot lights and improvises interviews with key players Jim and Carol Allen, Don and Darla Bardelli, and of course, the inspiration for the show — the Superstition Search and Rescue team. (See separate story on this page.)
Brian Colkitt, film teacher at The Art Institute of Phoenix, directs his Digital Media Production students on how to properly set up, film, and coordinate the shoot.
The following Tuesday, the troop meets up to discuss strategies for Rock the Boat’s future. “The opening we have planned for the series is so hilarious,” Colkitt excitedly explains.
There are many details left to be determined. One thing is for sure, “It’s going to be huge,” declares Colkitt.
Currently the film team, “Seven Canted Steevs,” is in the process of editing the hours of film they have captured. They are also deciding on the format and the angle of the show to help narrow which network will run the series.
Student Delbert Briones shares, “My hopes are that we do a good enough job to get the show on the National Geographic or Discovery Channel so that we all of us have something on our resume and also get the rescue team funded too.”
The volunteers restoring the two classics, a 1952, 43-foot Chris-Craft and a 1984, 21-foot Chris-Craft Scorpion will all be captured and aired on the television program.
If you would like to be involved in the “Rock the Boat” project, please contact Jim Allen at (480) 947-6219 or by e-mail at email@example.com.