Jeff Conroy’s Online Chat Transcript 07 Jun 19

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Patty: Do the ships that you are filming on receive any profit from the show?

Jeff Conroy: The simple answer is that we do pay them a location fee, but I wouldn't call it profitable necessarily. We cover the impact we have on the boat, like we do when we film in someone's house; we don't cost them any money. We cover expenses so our impact is not felt financially.

sasha: Hey, what impressed you most about producing the show? Where you more impressed by the danger of the job or by the work effort it takes to complete the job?

Jeff Conroy: You know, I hate to give a middle of the road answer, but I'd say both have a great impact. If it was just a dangerous job, it would only have one dimension to it. But the fact that it is amazingly difficult work under strenuous circumstances makes it multi dimensional, and thus attracted us more.

sigfan47: Hey Jeff, thanks for the awesome show! How much convincing did these captains need to let you guys do this?

Jeff Conroy: In the beginning, a lot. I wasn't part of the original team that was out there scouting, but my understanding is that it was very difficult to convince captains to let us on their boats. It makes sense - it's tight quarters. We're doing a behind the scenes show that will air soon, and you'll see that with 2 extra guys on board, it has quite an impact. But now that they've seen the show, a lot of them for the first time find their families know what they actually do, so more skippers actually want to be on the show. We don't have as hard a time convincing them to be on it now.

Brandon clan: The camera crews should be getting "combat pay" for filming on these ships. How much time have you spent on the ships??

Jeff Conroy: I've spent a week with the Cornelia Marie during king crab season the year before last, and 2 days to a week on the Time Bandit. But with my job now, it's hard. You're so isolated out there that it's hard for me to do my job out there.

Elizabeth Joy:{/b] Like the deckhands, do the cameramen also only have to work during the crab seasons to earn a living or do they have other dangerous filming jobs to look forward to?

Jeff Conroy: These guys - I suppose some could not have to work, but all these guys are adventure cameramen. Three of them have been filming in the front lines of wildland fire, so for these guys, it's in their blood. They're adventure junkies! I'm basically just feeding their addiction.

PETER: How much did the crab weigh that is in the picture before we enter the live chat?

Jeff Conroy: I didn't weigh it, but I was amazed at the size of it. Great question. I should have weighed it.

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