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Freeing the Tanker Mary A. Whalen

With rare & gracious permission by Port Authority of NY/NJ in a letter saying, "Jonathan Atkin" is a "known entity" as well as Downtown Manhattan Heliport informing all helicopter ops in the area,, Atkin Drone Team filmed the historic move of the 78 year old coastal Tanker Mary A. Whalen into her new berth, in the Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, (Brooklyn,) NYC. The vessel is the home of the forward thinking PortSideNewYork.org bringing relevancy to the urban waterfront. Filmed with Jonathan Atkin "Pilot in Command" and Cameramen, Bryson Jenkins and Ben Wolf operating the Inspire camera and alternately "spotting." A first for the Atkin Drone Team.

The ship was for years, at a waterfront berth, restricted in access to the public. PortSideNewYork received permission to berth the vessel in a public part of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the Mary A. Whalen was free. The video shot totally with an Inspire 1, documents her transit from her old berth to her new public access space in the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal port.

  • Jonathan Atkin
  • Jonathan Atkin
  • Carolina Salguero Executive Director, PortsideNewYork
    Key Cast
  • Tanker Mary A. Whalen
    Key Cast
  • Vane Brothers Tug Quantico Creek
    Key Cast
  • Bryson Jenkins. Video and Music Editing
  • Bryson Jenkins
    Camera Operators
  • Ben Wolf
    Camera Operators
    Terms & Conditions: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937677/
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  • Runtime:
    1 minute 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Inspire X3 Camera Digital
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Director Biography - Jonathan Atkin

Current: Owner/President Shipshooter Maritime Media. NYC

Producing compelling and brand relevant aerial photography for the maritime industry including cruise, cargo, workboat, passenger vessel, shipyard, and recreational sectors. Special expertise in aerial images from manned helicopters. Photography rooted in life long knowledge of the marine sector, and personal blue and brown water experience. Aviation expertise with a variety of helicopter platforms. Hands-on flight in fixed wing, lighter than air, sail planes, and rotor craft. Developing UAS/Drone capability with full FAA Licensing, insurance and a fleet of camera drone platforms.

Partial Corporate Client List: Cunard LIne, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Hornblower Cruises, Marco Polo Cruises, Ponte Cruises, Regent Cruises, McAllister Towing, Moran Towing, Weeks Towing, Independence Maritime, Scorpio Tankers, Bollinger Shipyards, Caddell Dry Dock and Repair..

1978-1990: Editorial and corporate assignment photography for a variety of arts clients and editorial publications in travel, food, and arts sectors including Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times

Partial Editorial and Corporate Assignment List: The New York Times (850 assignments), Offshore Magazine 200 assignments), Scholastic Publications,, Smithsonian Magazine, Triple AAA Publications, National Geographic World, GEO, Wall Street Journal. AT&T, DuPont Magazine, Exxon USA, Gaming & Wagering Magazine, Institute of Scrap Iron & Steel, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Urban League, National Catholic Conference, National Urban League, Tampa Electric Co. Assignments for Institute of Scrap Iron & Steel included writing accurate and detailed cover stories for the leading trade journal on a variety of specialized scrap segments of the industry.

Partial Arts Clients: Alvin Ailey Dance Co, Dance Theater of Harlem, DC Dance Theater, Eleo Pomare Dance Co, Erick Hawkins Dance Co, Garth Fagan Dance Co, Merce Cunningham Dance Co, Philadelphia Dance Co, Trisha Brown Dance Co, NY Public Theater.

1974-1978: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn NY. Program Developer.

1973 MFA in photography RIT
1971 BA in Sociology, Lake Forest College. Graduated with Special Honors.

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Director Statement

Finally the Tanker Mary A. Whalen is free.