Doug Stanley & his Production Diary

Once again, Doug Stanley from Original Productions is posting his Production Diary on the Discovery website.  He actually started to a couple of weeks ago when the fourth season of Deadliest Catch premiered.  You’ll remember that last year, Doug Stanley was filming aboard the F/V Time Bandit, and every week prior to the airing of a new episode, he posted interesting and pertinant information connected to the show.  This year Doug is aboard the F/V North American so it should prove very interesting to keep up with diary. 

In his first Diary entry called, Tide against Current, Doug Stanley refamiliarizes us with the geography surrounding Dutch Harbor.  This “geography” also happens to be the route that fishing vessels headed north for the year must take.  Most of the boats featured on Deadliest Catch have a home port outside of Dutch Harbor.  They come from places such as Seattle, Kodiak, Juneau, and Homer.  Some of them head to Dutch Harbor in early summer if they tender for salmon and then the vessels are simply kept there through the crab seasons.  Others head to Dutch Harbor right before King crab season.  Such was the case this year with the F/V Wizard, and for the first time, a cameraman made the journey along with the crew.

In the second diary entry titled, Increasing Seas, Doug Stanley writes about being the last of the cameramen and producers to leave Dutch Harbor.  All of the other fishing vessels have left port, but because of a delay with the North American, Doug also must wait to leave.  As he describes what seems to be a frustrating situation for him (the waiting), it is apparent that the weather is getting a little rough.  He mentions his truck door is jammed from having been opened in 60 mph winds, and his last detail is that the seas are growing.  We’ll have to keep up with Doug and his diary as they give a clear indication as to what tone the episode may have.  He should have a new entry Tuesday afternoon. 

Doug Stanley’s been involved with Deadliest Catch since the start.  According to his new bio on the Discovery website, he’s always been an adventurous man…

Doug Stanley’s previous life as a ski patrolman, avalanche forecaster and whitewater rafting guide seems to have prepared him perfectly for the role of producer and director of photography for Deadliest Catch, as well as for all the extreme weather that comes with the job. While serving as a river guide in the Grand Canyon, Doug met cinematographer Jim Meyers — the man who would become his mentor.

Doug worked on many productions alongside Meyers, working his way up from “audio guy” to “camera operator.” He began to produce some projects as well. After decades of producing and filming national shows, he received the call of a lifetime. Someone on the other end of the line asked if he’d be interested in working on a show about crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. His immediate response, “Are you kidding? I’d love to!” He’s been with Deadliest Catch ever since.

Doug has worked on several other Discovery Channel shows, including Wing Nuts, Biker Build-Off, America’s Deadliest Season, Lobster Men and Lobster Wars. His production career has taken him all over the globe and to its farthest corners, from Asia through South America, and into war-torn Baghdad. He feels very lucky to have survived all his adventures so far. He finds it an honor to be able to share his experiences and stories with the world.

Doug’s work has earned him four Emmy Award nominations, both as a producer and a cinematographer. Deadliest Catch has been one of the best experiences of his life — one he gets to share with his family. He works on the show with his producer/audio supervisor wife, Rhea, and his producer/cameraman brother, Todd. And he drags along 14-month-old son Rex (and nanny) whenever possible. Last, but not least, his 17-year-old daughter Jessica loves and supports him from their home in Roseville, Calif.

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3 Responses to Doug Stanley & his Production Diary

  1. Rob Sinex says:

    I grew up one house down from Todd and Doug in Rocklin. I was hoping to catch up with either. Any idea how to contact?

  2. Sara says:

    What is your contact info.. I can get your information to him and then he can contact you.

  3. Steven says:

    I am also trying to contact Doug. He was my mentor for my senor project when I was in high school. It was a short film called “Insomnia.” If anyone has an email address for him, please forward it to me at stevenenglund AT hotmail DOT COM

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