Movie captures our water

Makers of a new movie, which reunites actors Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, are shooting some underwater scenes for the film in Grand Cayman this week.

Most of Dolphin Tale is being shot in Florida, but a film crew is shooting footage in Cayman’s waters to include in the opening scenes of the 3D family movie.

However, anyone hoping for a glimpse of Oscar-winner Freeman or Judd are out of luck as the stars did not come to Cayman for the scenery-only shoot.

Beth Henning of Caymana Production Services is working with the crew on the local filming, accompanying them to some of Grand Cayman’s famed dive sites.

“They’re using giant housing for the camera which has been specially developed for this 3D shoot… We have the developer of the camera on board,” she said, speaking by phone from a West Indian Marine Group tug off West Bay on Tuesday morning where the crew were preparing to head underwater.

“It’s pioneering work,” she added.

The Cayman Islands Film Commission has also been working with the producers of the movie, who chose Cayman from a choice of several locations as the ideal place to shoot the footage, which will run during the opening scene of the movie.

“We are happy to have the Dolphin Tale crew on-island. Due to the high-calibre talent starring in this movie and the reputation of the studio behind it, we expect it to reach a mainstream audience which will be the perfect platform to showcase the beauty of our underwater environment,” said Lesley-Ann Thompson, head of marketing and acting director of the film commission.

“In addition, over the 10-day shoot, local dives shops get to benefit from working with them as does the hotel they are staying in, local transportation providers and any restaurants or entertainment spots that the crew decide to patronise,” she said.

According to IMDB, the internet movie database, Dolphin Tale centres on the friendship between an 11-year-old boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

The movie is based on a true story of a baby dolphin called Winter, who was so badly injured by a Florida Mosquito Lagoon crab trap, her tail had to be amputated.

Freeman plays a doctor who creates a prosthetic tail for the dolphin, while Judd stars the boy’s mother. The actors were last seen on-screen together in the 2002 movie High Crimes. They also starred together in the 1997 thriller Kiss the Girls.

The dolphin movie also stars Harry Connick Jr. and Kris Kristofferson.

The film, directed by Charles Martin Smith, who directed Air Bud, and written by Karen Janszen, has a release date of September 2011.