Ice Holes – Behind the Scenes

May 12th, 2014

ICE HOLES 

Behind The Scenes

Photographs taken behind the scenes of the National Geographic TV Series “ICE HOLES”

Photographs taken behind the scenes of the National Geographic TV Series “ICE HOLES”

 

Behind The Scenes

Show-Runner Mark Therrien takes a quick snapshot during the first week of shooting “ICE HOLES”  in Meredith New Hampshire.   It’s unusual weather for January and that fact is not lost on the crew.  This “behind the scenes” blog will try to shed light, demystify, and mostly entertain the viewers.  It’s also an opportunity to explain process through pictures and words of the cast and crew.  Over the next few months I’ll ask all members of the cast and many members of the crew for their comments and stories.  Ice fishing is an obsession for a tight-knit group of colorful fishermen, as they compete against Mother Nature, and each other, in hopes of catching the big one. The group arrives at Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., for their first ice fishing derby of the season, the King of the Lake Derby. With $600 on the line for the biggest catches, it is a mad dash to claim the best hunting grounds.

 

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ICE HOLES – Alex Sledding

June 29th, 2014

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Alex Sledding

On Location with ICE HOLES Series Creator Steve Marsel

Alex Plummer & Wade Bigelow on the Sled

Alex Plummer & Wade Bigelow on the Sled

Alex Plummer & Wade Bigelow on the Sled

Shot on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Saturday, February 8th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire.   This was taken during the filming of Episode 104- “Party on Ice”. Alex Plummer is a difficult person to get to hold still long enough to take a picture.  He’s hyper, both in actions and words.  He’s like a kinetic energy machine, always doing something.  Sometimes even fishing!     Alex has a big spirit and is a kind soul, open and unguarded! .  A self-admitted “hugger”, he is welcoming and kind to strangers, which is a huge aspect of his personal appeal.  Then of course, there’s the wild side of the person whom is referred to by his friends as “AP”.  I’ve never seen Alex let anything get in the way of a good time – ever!  For Alex, downtime is just a breath in-between adventures!  He plays hard and doesn’t take any of it too seriously.  His attitude is perfect for his age and place in life.  He’s refreshing and has been a pleasure to work with since the day we met!  – The show airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

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Steve Marsel~Cinemagraph of Poles

June 29th, 2014

Steve Marsel’s Cinemagraphs

 

Adding Motion and Interest!

On Location with Photographer Steve Marsel

Steve Marsel's Cimemagraph of Brunswick School's Ogden family

Steve Marsel’s Cimemagraph of Brunswick School’s Ogden family

Brunswick School’s Odgen Family – Giving back and Conservation

Pictured above is one of Steve Marsel’s eight Cinemagraphs taken for The Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Brunswick is the leading independent day school for boys, nationally recognized for the strength of their academics, athletics, and the arts.  The school is known for the clarity and consistency of their educational mission, and the quality and character of our students, faculty, and alumni.  The Campaign for Brunswick seeks $100 million in capital gifts further these ideals and goals.  For the web aspect of the campaign, Steve Marsel was asked to create a series of images that grabbed the attention of the viewers of the site, preferably something they had never seen before!  In this Cinemagraph, the Ogden family is pictured on the breakwater at Greenwich Point not far from Brunswick Upper School campus.  The Family made a substantial donations to the school and are longtime supporters of The Connecticut Chapter of The American Red Cross where Ross Ogden spent six years on it’s board of governors.  Ross Ogden ’62 first came to Brunswick as a second grader in 1951, when his family moved to Greenwich from Chicago. He and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, both Brunswick “lifers.“ Ross ’91 obtained degrees from Dickinson College and The George Washington University, and currently invests in commercial real estate. He also follows his love of the outdoors with conservation work for various non-profit organizations. Ted ’95 was inspired by his years at Brunswick to pursue a teaching career after graduating from Middlebury College and earning an M.A. from the University of Chicago. He now teaches and coaches at the Landon School, outside of Washington, D.C. Like his brother, Ted is an avid fly-fisherman. Steve Marsel felt that the repeating loops of the tugging on the fishing pole made perfect sense for this image and complimented one of the passions of this family – conservation.

 

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ICE HOLES – Two Wise Men?

June 28th, 2014

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Two Wise Men?

On Location with ICE HOLES Series Creator Steve Marsel

ICE HOLES - Two Wise Men?

ICE HOLES – Two Wise Men?

 

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Saturday, February 8th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire.   This was taken during the filming of Episode 104- “Party on Ice”. In a scene that is reminiscent of a Christmas Eve creche, Alex Plummer & Wade Bigelow prepare to set off a home-made cannon in celebration of the annual Meredith Rotary Derby.  This is the dead of the winter, so it was probably not quite 7:00pm, but the scene was quite comical to me when I saw it, and still is!  I really love the late day light in winter.  It makes ordinary scenes into memorable images.  Glad I hung around to watch! ICE HOLES airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

 

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Steve Marsel~Cinemagraph of Lights

June 28th, 2014

Steve Marsel’s Cinemagraphs

Adding Motion and Interest!

A Look Behind the Scenes with Photographer Steve Marsel

Brunswick School’s Baker Theater

Steve Marsel's Cinemagraph of the Brunswick School's Doyle Family

Steve Marsel’s Cinemagraph of the Brunswick School’s Doyle Family

Pictured above is one of Steve Marsel’s eight Cinemagraphs taken for The Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Brunswick is the leading independent day school for boys, nationally recognized for the strength of their academics, athletics, and the arts.  The school is known for the clarity and consistency of their educational mission, and the quality and character of our students, faculty, and alumni.  The Campaign for Brunswick seeks $100 million in capital gifts further these ideals and goals.  For the web aspect of the campaign, I was asked to create a series of images that grabbed the attention of the viewers of the site, preferably something they had never seen before!  Although the current version of animated gifs had been out for some time, they had no really caught-on, with one glaring exception – the on-line porn industry! If you think about it, Cinemagraphs and porn are a perfect match.  The device that separates a great Cinemagraph from all the others is a seamless repeating loop.  Some moving element that repeats itself in a “loop”.  So much of what that industry sells involves shots “loops” of motion that repeat themselves over and over again.  Once again – porn & Cinemagraphs are a great fit!  My challenge with the Brunswick School job was to come up with “repeating loops” that somehow related to the people in the photo and their connection to the school.  In this Cinemagraph, the Doyle family is pictured on the stage of the baker Theater on the Brunswick Upper School campus.  The Family made a substantial donation to the school earmarked for construction of the theater.  The houselights at the Baker Theater are programmable LED’s manufactured by Philips Color Kinetics . The repeating loops of the lights made perfect sense and adds commentary to the image

 

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ICE HOLES – Kahtoola to the Rescue

June 26th, 2014

ICE HOLES

 

 Kahtoola to the Rescue

MICROspikes!!

On Location with ICE HOLES Series Creator Steve Marsel

This photograph taken on location on the set during the filming of ICE HOLES Episode 102 – “Now We’re Cookin” by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel.  It was taken on  Sunday, January 19th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire. Day 3 of shooting was my first day on-set .  It was a strange weather day. 51F with a warm misting rain was not the weather one typically associates with January or ice fishing.  It was miserable for the crew and was creating havoc for the equipment.  Not to mention that there was virtually no traction for the crew or cast!  Noise Boys Production Audio Recordest MacAulay Flynt had already taken a hard fall by the time I arrived on Lake Winnipesaukee.  I however was not having this problem! That night I wrote an email to Danny Giovale, the President & CEO of Kahtoola .  They make what are called MICROspikes .  They are like the crampons that are used for scaling glaciers, but easier to get on and off!  I wrote in-part:

“We are at the very beginning of an 8-week shoot that will bring is to some of the most popular ice fishing derbies in North America including the Brainerd Jaycees ICE FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA, the largest in North America!  (See attached press release)  I wondering if you view this as an is an opportunity to show tens of thousands of ice fishing enthusiasts all over North America and potentially millions of viewers of the series how the pros negotiate the perils of walking on ice.  I am writing to ask you for MICROspikes for our entire crew and cast to be worn throughout the shoot.  I’m hoping you can see the benefits.”

ICE HOLES Show Runner  sporting a pair of Kahtoola’s MICROspikes®

ICE HOLES Show-runner Mark Therrien sporting a pair of Kahtoola’s MICROspikes®

Mr Giovale came through with MICROspikes for our entire cast & crew!  Many many thanks to you Danny.  MICROspikes were just what the crew needed !

ICE HOLES - Kahtoola to the Rescue

ICE HOLES – Kahtoola to the Rescue

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ICE HOLES – Alex Trapped!

June 26th, 2014

ICE HOLES

On Location with ICE HOLES Series Creator Steve Marsel

Alex Plummer “trapped”!

ICE HOLES - Alex Plummer "trapped"!

ICE HOLES – Alex Plummer “trapped”!

Shot on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Saturday, February 8th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire.   This was taken during the filming of Episode 104- “Party on Ice”. Alex Plummer is a difficult person to get to hold still long enough to take a picture.  He’s hyper, both in actions and words.  He’s like a kinetic energy machine, always doing something.  Sometimes even fishing!     Alex has a big spirit and is a kind soul, open and unguarded! .  A self-admitted “hugger”, he is welcoming and kind to strangers, which is a huge aspect of his personal appeal.  Then of course, there’s the wild side of the person whom is referred to by his friends as “AP”.  I’ve never seen Alex let anything get in the way of a good time – ever!  For Alex, downtime is just a breath in-between adventures!  He plays hard and doesn’t take any of it too seriously.  His attitude is perfect for his age and place in life.  He’s refreshing and has been a pleasure to work with since the day we met!  – The show airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

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ICE HOLES – Donk- On The Fly!

June 23rd, 2014

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Ice Holes – Donk- On The Fly!

ICE HOLES- Donk On-The-Fly Interview

ICE HOLES- Donk On-The-Fly Interview

Donk- On The Fly!

 

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Sunday, January 19th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire.  This was taken during the filming of ICE HOLES Episode 102 – “Now We’re Cookin” This is an example of an “OTF Interview”.  OTF stands for “on the fly,” and it’s a type of interview that is done on the spur of the moment with little or no planning.   They are generally emotion based, and you needn’t bother to ask for point-to-point setup information in an OTF situation  An OTF interview is used when something dramatic has just happened, but the dust has pretty much settled.  The director (Mark Therrien) doesn’t interrupt characters that are still talking to each other about a dramatic event, rather wait for them to finish when they are alone.  If the character is doing something and you want them to explain their actions while they are doing it, particularly if their action is the subject of the episode.  It’s a chance to have them explain to you what they are doing and why.   ICE HOLES airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

 

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ICE HOLES – Winter Wonderland

June 23rd, 2014

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Ice Holes – Winter Wonderland

ICE HOLES- Winter Wonderland With The Crew

ICE HOLES- Winter Wonderland With The Crew

Winter Wonderland With The Crew

 

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Sunday, January 19th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire.  This was taken during the filming of ICE HOLES Episode 102 – “Now We’re Cookin” If you look carefully you can tell that there’s a snow squall in the distance.  The snow in the distance combined with some low hanging fog is filtering the light giving the set an eerie quality.  In this shot Joshua & Donk are playing a scene in which they hatch a plan to pull a practical joke on Wade & Alex.  Donk is an ex-Marine and this is the episode where Josh established Donk as his “secret weapon”.  The plan involves Donk donning a wetsuit and SCUBA gear, and entering the frigid water.  He swims underwater and takes a hold of their fishing line.  They think they have caught “the big one”!!!  ICE HOLES airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

 

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Ice Holes – Wintry Morning

June 23rd, 2014

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Ice Holes – Wintry Morning

ICE HOLES Wintry Morning with Wade Bigelow

ICE HOLES Wintry Morning with Wade Bigelow

Wintry Morning With Wade Bigelow

 

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Saturday, January 18th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire.  This was taken during the filming of ICE HOLES Episode 102 – “Now We’re Cookin” It was a wintry morning when I happened upon cast member Wade Bigelow emerging from his bob-house after a long night of fishing.  It was not unusual for the cast members to fish throughout the night (at least at the beginning of the shoot) as they sought to hone their skills and to understand the body of water on which they were fishing.   On a winter outdoor shoot no one should be surprised to wake up and see snow falling.  And yet, somehow Wade appears to be a bit craggy and NOT entertained by the seasonal “festive” atmosphere the snow has brought with it.   My memory is that Wade was headed to the hotel to grab some aspirin and a shower.  ICE HOLES airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

 

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ICE HOLES – Josh & Donk!

June 22nd, 2014

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ICE HOLES – Josh & Donk!

Behind the Scenes with ICE HOLES Series Creator Steve Marsel

ICE HOLES - Josh & Donk!

ICE HOLES – Josh & Donk!

ICE HOLES – Josh & Donk!

Shot on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire.

This photograph taken on location on the set of National Geographic Channel’s ICE HOLES by Series Creator & Executive Producer Steve Marsel  Saturday, January 18th, 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith New Hampshire.  This was taken during the filming of ICE HOLES Episode 102 – “Now We’re Cookin” It’s a winter outdoor shoot so no one should be surprised when you wake up and see snow falling.  And yet, somehow the conditions and the job at hand don’t seem to jibe with each other.  This is a shot of Joshua & Donk in front of Joshes new and outrageous bob-house.  I tip my hat to the crew who came back day after day to these “less than idea” conditions and gave it their all.  It takes a great work ethic, and a lot of heart!  I learned so much from the crew and I’m deeply grateful! ICE HOLES airs Fridays on National Geographic Channel. For more of Steve Marsel’s Photography, please visit Steve Marsel Studio

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