Black Sail Productions

Black Sail Productions

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Black Sails Productions was born out of a need to take storytelling to the next medium. After so many years of writing for web, magazines and newsprint, it became apparent that it was time to move to the next obvious medium, which was video.

The first true foray was Just Beneath the Surface, a web series focusing on the sustainable tourism on Long Beach Island and the surrounding area.

Our aim was to highlight the very best in outdoors and culture on and around Long Beach Island. Now four seasons in, we show the general public the hidden treasures that most will never see and to demonstrate how community, ecology, and sustainable tourism are all interrelated. Working in partnership with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and local partners, it is a professionally produced series with cinematography never before seen by a general audience – stories of characters, food, recreation, wildlife, history, fishing, and our shared culture.

We continue to create an energized web series for a mass audience, promoting sustainable tourism and create more engaged visitors.  Through that, Black Sails Productions has branched out into brand videos and more documentary work.  We welcome new projects and opportunities to tell stories.


Our number one job is to tell your story. We work with you to fine-tune your messaging and then create engaging content that draws connections between people and experiences.

We work with a variety of videographers and shoot with Red Camera, 4K, aerial and underwater to deliver the kind of stunning visuals that capture the imagination and compelling editing that sets your brand apart.

Blog Posts

210, 2020

Oystex by Jetty video

By |October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Commercial Work, Video Production|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Oystex by Jetty video

It's amazing when you work with your friends creating content around projects that match your own beliefs.. This fall, Jetty launched their new Oystex apparel, made of recycled plastic water bottles and oyster shells. It diverts two products from the waste stream to create some fantastic threads. And of course, the oyster bit is an amazing fit since they support an oyster reef project in our local waters that also recycles used oyster shells. The Jetty crew tapped me to ...

1808, 2020

Jetty // Welcome Mia Gallagher

By |August 18th, 2020|Categories: Commercial Work, Video Production|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Jetty // Welcome Mia Gallagher

The crew at Jetty are longtime friends and I love every project I get to do with them. When they signed young surfer Mia Gallagher of Ocean City, they had me produce a fun little video welcoming her to the family. Really seems like a great fit. We had some waves and ice cream on a summer day. Is there anything better than that? Shot by John Gilman and Tony Coon and edited by Coon for Jetty.     ...

2401, 2020

Just Beneath the Surface Episode 3.3

By |January 24th, 2020|Categories: Video Production|Comments Off on Just Beneath the Surface Episode 3.3

Who are the characters that thrive on LBI during the long winter? In Just Beneath the Surface Season Three, Episode three, we meet Brie Fagan who talks about the beautiful extremes of the off season. We also explore sailing, from our historical vessels to the AJ Meerwald to the young sailors competing for the yacht clubs locally. This is Long Beach Island as we are certain you have never seen it. Sponsored by Equity Prime New Jersey and the ...

2809, 2018

Seashell Resort and Beach Club Brand Video

By |September 28th, 2018|Categories: Commercial Work, Video Production|Comments Off on Seashell Resort and Beach Club Brand Video

The Seashell Resort and Beach Club in Beach Haven is a restaurant, night spot, gorgeous hotel, pool, tiki bar, wedding venue, martini bar and patio grill. It's a place that people return for every part of their life. We showed all of it.

1207, 2018

Just Beneath the Surface, Season Two

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: Commercial Work, Video Production|Comments Off on Just Beneath the Surface, Season Two

For the last several years I've put a lot of time an effort in a mini-documentary series based on the LBI Region called Just Beneath the Surface with Oak Leaf Media. It's mean to give folks a deeper understanding of life here - the outdoors, the cultural and the people. It's not about bringing more people necessarily, it's about making more engaged visitors. The idea is to give people a sense of pride for where they live year round or for the ...

412, 2017

Visit Ocean County Video Spot

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Commercial Work, Video Production|Comments Off on Visit Ocean County Video Spot

After seeing our mini-documentary series, Just Beneath the Surface, Ocean County's Office of Tourism and Business Development hired myself and Oak Leaf Media to create a video spot for the county. We were very excited to take on this project. We took a couple of days this summer and put together something that really shows the best of Ocean County. Our models were awesome. Brie Fagan and Dave Ambrose especially were troopers. Archie even made a cool cameo at Jenk's Aquarium. I ...

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