BP, apparently unsatisfied with its internal coverage of the Gulf oil spill (World Television has produced 190 web videos so far), has commissioned a feature-length film on the disaster. BP told the NYT that the movie isn't intended to clear its name. Nevertheless, it promises to be a propaganda thrill ride that takes viewers on a censored tour of the worst spill in U.S. waters.
They are making a film of the spill primarily for an internal audience as an archive of a momentous event in the company's history (not to mention those impacted by the tragedy and its aftermath), Robert Wine, a spokesman for BP, said in an email.So what can we expect from this feature-length film that hopes to document history?
Here's what we'll likely see.
- Lots of "command center" footage -- because nothing says we're working our asses off" better than a lot of shots of people hovering around computer screens and sketching out solutions on a dry-erase board;
- At least one shot of BP execs struggling with the loss of life from the fatal Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and possibly short profiles of the men who died;
- An emphasis on the sheer size of recovery and cleanup efforts;
- A break down of different solutions and the tech behind it;
- Interviews with folks in the seafood and tourism industries and how media coverage of the spill kept people away from the beaches and from buying Gulf shrimp and fish;
- Lots of footage of new CEO Bob Dudley
- Media blockades -- Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland offered some of the best coverage of BP's attempts to block reporters from accessing Lousiana's oil-covered beaches and marshes.
- Former CEO Tony Hayward's yacht race.
- BP and the federal government playing down the Gulf oil spill's true size
- The Photoshop debacle
- Interviews with fishermen who signed BP work contracts that included waiver clauses designed to distance the oil company from liability (BP later dropped the provisions in the contract)
- Much footage of former CEO Hayward