Favorite on-set memory?
We got to a point in production with tons of underwater fish footage but no sailfish on camera. Josh the underwater DP was busy during a sailfish-focused tournament so I went to a tourist shop on South Beach, bought a $15 mask and goggle set, then went to Best Buy to get a GoPro.
Craziest on-set/en route to set adventure?
An angler hooked the first fish in less than an hour. I thought it could be my only opportunity so I jumped from the boat into a sea of jellyfish and towards the fish – socks still on. My snorkel broke off and sunk on impact, but I still had the GoPro and a sailfish was on the line. Little did I know the anglers would go on to land 22 more sailfish that day. I followed as many as I could – looking like an under-equipped, jellyfish-stung, drowning dog. All the underwater sailfish shots in the film are off that GoPro.
More About Kjell Redal
Kjell Redal is a director, cinematographer, and photojournalist whose work revolves around outdoor adventure and social issues. He was a photographer at The Seattle Times and studied visual journalism in college before pivoting to film production. Kjell works in the documentary and commercial space with past clients including the National Geographic Channel, NASA, and Netflix. He specializes in drone imagery, frequently incorporating the unique angles in his work. Kjell resides in Boulder, Colorado.