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The Accidental Sea

Here's a short film I made about my favorite post-apocalyptic Hell-hole, the Salton Sea. "A haunting and devastating video," tweeted Roger Ebert.

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Reader Comments (27)

Brilliant. Eerie, beautiful, horrible. Music and footage and narration all so well done. Good on ya.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

that's a really really great piece and mysteriously enough I'm planning to shoot a music videos there for some friends end of the month. If by any chance you have any advice regarding conditions, place to avoid, to go, or how complicate the place might be for a small shooting team with some medium gears that would be awesome

Thanks

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterseb

This beautiful video makes me wonder whether favorite works by J.G. Ballard (The Drought, Terminal Beach) might be even more truthful than I had thought.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Gill

Saw this posted to wimp. What a fun place to explore! I wish I lived close and could do so myself. :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritRex

man this video is sick, thanks for the thorough investigation, where is the old man's place located??

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkunal

Just watched the Salton Sea video. Great!

Thanks,
Al Weiss
San Diego, CA

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl Weiss

Where in the Salton Sea did you find this? I've been looking for a good film spot and I think I just found it

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

This was amazing, and exceptionally well-shot... felt like I was taken back there.

A minor point of contention: while the "sand" of the Salton contains quite a few fish bones indeed, the main component - and what your hand primarily showed us - is barnacles.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRich

This is very similar to my own imaginary post-apocalyptic world. This place was very fascinating.

As for the video itself: I loved it, beautiful music as well!

By the way, which song did you use in the beginning?

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Excellent film. I live in Virginia but find the Salton Sea (and surroundings) one of the most fascinating things in America. Thanks.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Thanks for doing this well done film. Having grown up in california in the 50s and 60s i had glimpses of the 'promise' of the salton Sea. I hadnt known how it got there. 5 years ago traveling from colorado to san diego for my sons wedding i made a point tostop and explore. Finding some of the desolation your video shows was eerie, and future revealing. I too love the desert, but found there the ghosts too dense. Great job!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersunny

Great video! Really cool visuals. I was wondering where you got the shot at 0:42 with the 'END' road sign?

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

hi there

I loved your short movie and I've actually checked for that area and it still doesnt exist on any maps available

amazing

anyway Can you tell me what song you used in that clip ?

I would much appreciate it

regards

M_A_Z_Z_I

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM_A_Z_Z_I

bravo for this really good view on the salton sea.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermatthieu

Well done man. Really enjoyed the cinematography and the voice-over was very well articulated. Just all around superb work. I live near the Salton Sea so I can especially appreciate it.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

Awesome. Truly amazing stuff. Well put together and thought out. You've made me want to visit a wasteland.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

This is a fascinating little documentary. Great watch. Great imagery. What's the music you used? I love it!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Very interesting. Have you kept up with the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) and the attempts to remediate the Salton Sea. I came across this http://www.terutalk.com/pdf/201104_BioEnergy_Crop_Development.pdf which could perhaps help turn things around and get benefits from energy crops as well. After looking at the aerial maps on Google, I see that on both the north end and south end of the Sea, there are fertile areas, the east and west could perhaps be remediated with energy crops and green them as well?

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott Hill

what is the score/music used in this video?

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandon

Dude where is the exact location of the old man?!?

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKunal

One of the best books in the world!!!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Really great film. Keep up the good work.

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNixon

This is amazing. I'm writing a post-apocalyptic novel right now, and this definitely helps visualize it.

March 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTraci Loudin

Your layout is appealing. Are you finding more comments on Facebook or Twitter? I am doing a survey for a class. Thanks.

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbobm

The short file is really nice, it somehow shows reality and what will happen in real life if the film is true.

May 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter

I feel so strange while watching your video. I feel so sad for the nature. I know realtors do not mean to harm it but, the total failure is heartbreaking. Many animals suffered, many lives and property wasted. I pray that it won’t happen again.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Beautiful, haunting, and so, so true. The land of the Salton Sea screams ancient and dares you to be afraid, but the splash of color on that hill is like Salton's hidden exterior. Your pictures were both beautiful and thrilling, from the painted sneakers to the eerie signs that whisper, "The hills have eyes"

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabeth Ryder

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