Just how much do you know about technology in Belize? It impacts way more than just our daily lives and way more than meets the eye. If you are interested in learning more, there is a brand new docu-series out and it is called the Belize Technology Series: Greatest Places on Earth. The show will be about eleven episodes long, and the first one is ready. Two of the driving forces behind the series stopped in at News Five to talk about what can be expected from the series.
Cadet Henderson, Technical Director, Technology Series
“Technology in Belize has that global conglomerate of a bit of everything that you see in a big country. We have infrastructure that is on the ground, above the ground, underground; infrastructure that will never be seen as you will see some in this video series that is under the river bed that is more than sixty seventy feet underground. It is exciting to understand a bit of what is happening around us. It might inspire our children. It might help us to understand what some of our relatives or our peers that are involved in technology and appreciate them a little better, but more importantly it gives us an idea that there is more than meets the eye. Well I am a wealth of knowledge myself. I have served thirty three years in government and I have had involvement in the private sector as well, like this year I trained ten of the key technical staff at B.T.L. So it is always a pleasure to pass on knowledge. This episode is so far reaching and yet although it has technical knowledge, Steve O’Dell did a good job at simplifying most of it such that the entire family can sit down and enjoy the show.”
Steve O’Dell, Producer, Technology Series
“Two months of shooting. The episode is finished and first time ever viewed video by Belizean and just a sneak peek, we filmed all of the BECOL Dams, the interior and the exterior and we filmed the saving of a man’s life with a cardiologist here with a new hospital in the city. We covered the bringing in of container with oil tankers on rough seas of the tug boats in Belize City with very exciting footage.”
“I was enthused to see and always like to see when Belizeans do very technical stuff. I remember the days when we were under expatriate leadership under the colonial era, in fact I worked under a British Chief engineer, and for example, it was a nice feeling to see myself, as boy from Belize City, become the Chief Engineer. So, when I go to B.T.L. or Smart and I see a technician that is the switching guru of one of these entities, it is impressive to know that only a decade ago a foreigner had to hold that position. I think we have made a giant leap in the past tent o fifteen years in the sense that basically everything that you see in the first world countries that is essential to communication, to development is in place. We might not have an I-max cinema, but I think I saw in the newspaper this weekend that Princess will be setting up their first 3-D cinema. So, we have come a long way and the next decade will be exciting.”
The Belize Film Commission has embarked on novel mission, to educate the public how professionals harness technology in everyday activities you probably didn't even know about.
And to bring the high-tech down to earth, they've hired American Television producer, Steve Odell and former Engineer Cadet Henderson. Both men have been hard at work, and earlier this week they brought us a snippet of this new television program called, Technology Belize, Greatest Places on Earth. Both men stopped by to explain why you will want to tune in:
The Commission is expected to start airing the show as episodes on national television.