The Team
    

 

SilverScreen Marine's principal, Adam Brown, and lead team member, Lenny Speregen have worked together since 1977. Our diverse and extremely talented team roster receives regular in-house training, ensuring that we can deliver any project safely and on schedule. The team's combined experience and flawless safety records provide the full range of marine services that any motion picture or television production might need - above and below the surface.

 

Adam Brown: Producer, Director, Underwater Cinematographer & Photographer, Marine Coordinator (CV)

Mr. Brown was educated at Florida Institute of Technology and employed worldwide as a marine consultant and professional deep-sea diver. With 25 years of experience, Mr. Brown has extensive knowledge of maritime and environmental port issues and developed a broad network within the maritime industry. He has provided underwater services on major public works projects including construction of the Fort McHenry I-95 tunnel under Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and an 11-mile FDR Drive substructure survey for the City of New York. In 1984 as a Diver-Medic, he specialized in hyperbaric medicine, treating diving-related injuries at the North American Hyperbaric Center – a subsidiary of International Underwater Contractors. In 1997 Mr. Brown founded the Not-for-Profit Working Waterfront Association where in 2001, he developed a national information and communication web portal enabling the USCG to communicate with all port safety and security stakeholders. Mr. Brown chaired a standing sub-committee of the Harbor Operations, Safety and Navigation Committee of the Port of NY and NJ. and is an Associate member of The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Mr. Brown has worked in theater, opera, and dance, designing and building scenery since his first summer job in high school. He produced outdoor public arts and education events on the waterfront while at the helm of Working Waterfront Assoc., and has finally acknowledged that he is an artist, though still somewhat against his will. His fine art photography portfolio www.AdamBrown.nyc has selects from his underwater portrait series "Submerged".

 

Lenny "Speargun" Speregen: Equipment Specialist, Safety Diver

An instructor at the age of 22, Lenny attended Commercial Diving School in 1979 and has worked in the recreational and commercial diving field ever since. His list of clients includes the Diving Equipment Marketing Association, several local dive retailers, and several diving engineering houses in Connecticut. He is certified to work on nearly every brand of diving equipment currently on the market and has over 20,000 repairs completed to date. He is also a member of the Historical Diving Society and the Northeast Equipment Diving Group. Mr. Speregen has performed on television and in the movies as a stunt actor. His list of credits include Miami Vice, Bette Middler's Artyfacts, Nickelodeon’s Pete-n-Pete, as well as numerous commercials. When he is not actually underwater, you can find him at the local shop talking and breathing diving, or customizing some new piece of equipment. Mr. Speregen is an Associate member of The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Lesley Avery Gould: Director of Photography/Editor

Ms. Avery is a seasoned professional with over 2,500 dives logged since 1978. Awards: "Cinematographer of the year" Columbia University’s Film school for "Immersion" an underwater ballet, directed and produced by Jodi Kaplan.

Underwater Projects Include:
"Ocean Spirit" produced by members of the Grateful Dead, "Compulsive Traveler, Magical Dive Sites" for CBS Channel 2, Instructional swim video for Nat B. Eisenberg Television, "Flight 800" for American Journal-inside Edition, "Water from the Moon", a PBS documentary about a disabled scuba diver; underwater casting for Crossroads Productions, and dive/travel videos.

Her other experience includes 11 years of NY Advertising art direction, products include Pepsi, Black & Decker and Kodak.  Ms. Avery is a PADI Specialty Instructor in Underwater Video/Underwater Photography/Marine Naturalist.

Ruth Yasky: Master Instructor, Safety Diver

Certifications:  Divemaster, June 1989;Open water instructor, July 1990; Master Scuba Diver Trainer, July 1990; Medic First Aid Instructor, Spring 1994; O2 First Aid Instructor, Spring 1994; IDC Staff Instructor, Spring 1998; Master Instructor, Fall 2001; EFR Instructor, Winter 2002. Ruth has additional instructor ratings for SDI and DAN.

Dane Lawing:  Cinematographer, Underwater DP

Award-winning cinematographer Dane Lawing learned the multi-facets of production while a Broadcast Art Director in the New York advertising agency world and has since found his creative and client-side experiences to be an invaluable asset to a DP.

An early advocate of HD, his narrative film for Academy-Award winner Jim Taylor, "The Lost Cause", was one of the first shot with the Thomson Viper and won Best Cinematography at HDFest LA. In 2006/7 he took a multi-camera HD documentary production to Iraq for 85 days. His films have been official selections at many international film festivals.

His commercial clients have included Ralph Lauren Polo, Nickelodeon, PBS, MTV, GMAC, Old Navy, Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, the BBC and Oxygen among others. His extensive television experience includes work on Strange Love, What Not To Wear, Moving Up, Chapelle's Show, Croc's Rule: Animal Planet's Tribute to Steve Irwin and many more.

Dane received a BFA with honors in photography from New York's School of Visual Arts after studying photography at l'Ecole Superieure des Arts Graphiques in Paris, France. He is a Divemaster and has lectured internationally.

David M. Slade: Marine Construction, Safety Diver

David M. Slade is a commercial diver with field experience spanning over twenty-four years. He began his career in the military, serving in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America as a construction and salvage diver. Trained at the Royal School of Military Engineering, Mr. Slade's global experience in marine projects has included such career highlights as the salvage of a Tudor warship. David is qualified in offshore survival and firefighting; a certified underwater bridge substructure technician, a confined space entry supervisor, a diving medical oxygen provider and an Association of Diving Contractors registered diving supervisor.

Sarah Brady Spencer:  LifeGuard, Water Safety, Production Associate

Ms. Spencer brings 7 years of lifeguarding and swim instruction to the team, with both poolside and waterfront experience. As a Water Safety Supervisor, Sarah has hundreds of accident preventions under her belt. Along with her love of water, She holds a degree in Media Production with a concentration in Sound Design from Emerson College in Boston. 

 

Certifications: Lifeguard/Waterfront, May 1999; CPR for the Professional Rescuer, may 1999; First Aid, May 1999; AED, May 2001; PADI Open Water Diver, May 2005; All certifications are up to date.

Dan Murry: Technical Consultant, Safety Diver

Dan Murray is a veteran FDNY Lieutenant serving in a busy Manhattan Ladder Company. He is a New York State and National Certified Fire Service Instructor, training Regional Fire, Police and other First Responder Agencies.

His prior experience includes 6 years as a New York State Beach Lifeguard. He was the Captain of a SCUBA Rescue Unit, with numerous body and evidence recoveries. In that capacity he trained members in ice rescue, wide area search, black water search, and underwater extrication. He served 7 years in the FDNY Special Operations Command as a Firefighter and Officer, with details to the SCUBA Unit and the Hazardous Materials Unit. Lt. Murray's extensive training in hazardous materials includes Explosives (New Mexico Tech), Tank and Rail Car Specialist (Transportation Technology Center, Pueblo CO), and WMD Radiological/Nuclear (University of Nevada), WMD Live Chemical Agent (Anniston, AL).

Steve Zerges: Marine Design, Safety Diver

Mr. Zerges combines his diverse educational experience with a strong practical background, coupling structural engineering and design training with hands on underwater inspection and marine construction activities. Mr. Zerges has added training in the fields of Oceanography and Marine Geology, to further enhance his understanding of coastal processes.

Education: B.S.C.E./2001/Civil Engineering; Colorado State University; NACE Basic Corrosion Certification/2002; NBIS Underwater Bridge Inspection Technician Certification/2002; Surface Supplied Diving Operations/2002/Florida State University; KMDSI Helmet Technician Certification / 2003

Professional registrations: Engineer-In-Training/CO/2001/Civil Engineering; ADC Air Diver Certification #8154/2003 ; US Coast Guard Captain OUPV License & Towing Endorsement/ 2004

 

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