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Bahamian tech firm recruits Emmy-nominated underwater cinematographer

Bahamian technology company using a blockchain solution to search for underwater artifacts in The Bahamas worth billions of dollars has attracted Emmy-nominated underwater cinematographer Evan Kovacs to its team.

The company, PO8, led by Bahamian Matthew Arnett and co-founder Raul Vasquez, stated in a press release that Kovacs will help the company to monetize its products through gaming companies like Electronic Arts and Tencent.

“Kovacs brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in cinematography from the depths of the ocean, stemming from a 20-year career that includes projects like the R.M.S. Titanic and the Apollo 11 rocket engine recovery with Jeff Bezos,” the release states.

Arnett, who is the company’s chief executive officer, has contended underwater artifact recovery could become another pillar of The Bahamian economy. He suggested there could be $100 billion in sunken treasures and artifacts that could drive growth.

“We’re extremely lucky to have such an accomplished underwater cinematographer like Evan join the team,” said Arnett.

“He is not only a talented story teller, but Evans brings a wealth of experience with deep submersibles and remotely operated vehicles.”

The release explained that Kovacs’ underwater cinematography skills will allow PO8 to, through virtual reality imagery, take people on a virtual swim through shipwrecks.

“The shallow waters of The Bahamas will provide Kovacs with yet another exotic location to film the recovery of underwater artifacts from the golden age of piracy,” the release notes.

Kovacs added: “We will tell the story of not just the shipwreck, but the local culture and the people involved, which ties into a big story of humanity. There are so many elements to the ships that went down, and from a historical point of view being able to relate that in a new way would be pretty exciting.”

PO8 will use blockchain technology to tokenize underwater expeditions through decentralized applications, called Dapps, on the Ethereum network.

Last summer, oceanographer and well-known explorer of the Titanic’s wreckage, David Gallo, teamed up with PO8 to begin searching for shipwrecks and their sunken riches in Bahamian waters.

To date, Kovacs is one of the few people to film the R.M.S. Titanic and her sister ship, H.M.H.S. Britannic in both 2D and 3D. Among some of the broadcast networks featuring his work are National Geographic, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, PBS and NOVA.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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