Production crew explore Geographe’s depths for new film

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Prospero’s submarine, used to film the whales.
Camera IconProspero’s submarine, used to film the whales. Credit: Prospero Productions.

Geographe Bay played host to a Perth production crew last month during filming for a new documentary on whales and their mysterious ways means of communication.

Bringing an array of underwater filming gear and even a submarine, Prospero Productions travelled from WA’s north to southern waters to film Mission Whale Song, a feature-length documentary tracking the migration of whale species and unravelling the secrets of their underwater communication.

Prospero joint managing director and Mission Whale Song producer Ed Punchard said the crew came down from Ningaloo to Geographe and would continue to Albany in a few months.

“We’re following the migratory pathway of humpbacks, blue whales and southern rights,” Prospero joint managing director and Mission Whale Song producer Ed Punchard said.

“One of the questions leading us here is do whales sing for their supper? Do they communicate and talk through song?”

Prospero Productions is one of the few companies in the world to have access to a submarine.

“We acquired it a few years ago,” Mr Punchard said.

“We’re taking our audience on an underwater journey where the whales’ stories will be told.”

The team is filming the production for large format and full-dome theatres, like the one in Scitech, to create an immersive experience for audiences.

The film is also expected to be viewed internationally.

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