Meet Jean Pierce & Kris Newman, Your Hosts at Grotto Bay
Kris and Jeanie
Originally from California's Napa Valley, Kris & Jeannie moved to Long Island in 2002 to enjoy a delightful new lifestyle and a very friendly island community.
Kris left his profession to manage Grotto Bay and to continue working in the film industry.
Jeannie has had a lifelong profession in journalism. She is particularly proud of her landscaping at Grotto Bay.
Jean wrote Lonely Planet's Diving & Snorkeling Cayman Islands in 2000. The photography is by Kris & Jean
Jean Wrote the Unofficial Guide to the World's Best Diving Vacations in 2002. It was published by John Wiley.
Jeannie grew up as an Air Force "brat", moving about & living in many foreign countries. With a Master's in Journalism from Berkeley, it was natural that she would gravitate toward travel writing. Before embarking on freelance travel writing & photography, Jeannie was:
Assistant Director of Information Services, University of Notre Dame
Managing Editor, Mobil Travel Guides, Rand McNally
Editor-in-Chief, Travel Guidebooks, Prentice Hall, Chicago
Editor, Odyssey, magazine of the Chevron Travel Club (California)
Meet Kris Newman!
Kris began working in the film industry in 1997, with the Warner Brother’s feature film, SPHERE.
Kris managed SPHERE's Dive Unit & served as the film's Safety Coordinator. Jean was Assistant Manager with primary duties on the dive decks, managing safety divers and equipment.
Kris also trained (in both scuba and helmet diving) the principal actors (Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, Liev Schreiber and Peter Coyote), stunt doubles and safety divers.
After SPHERE, Kris worked on TV (Nash Bridges, Penn & Teller Underwater Magic Show) and commercial (First Union Bank Superbowl) productions.
Currently he enjoys working closely with Vince Pace (PACE Technologies in Burbank, CA) and director/producer James Cameron on 3-D, high definition productions.
Dustin Hoffman Training in Dive Helmet Developed by Bev Morgan for SPHERE
Kris Adjusts Dustin's Neck Dam on the Set of SPHERE
Kris (lower right) with James Cameron & Crew for Aliens of the Deep
Kris joined an exciting James Cameron expedition to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to film life around hot volcanic vents in the very deep ocean.
Kris was Assistant Camera (in addition to James Cameron's McGyver!)
The IMAX 3-D film Aliens of the Deep was the result of that research expedition.
Four submersibles were used on the expedition to film life in the deep ocean. Incredible new species were discovered, including creatures who could survive in total darkness.
Chemosynthesis, rather than photosynthesis, was the new life environment. NASA scientists, also on the expedition, could then postulate that life indeed could exist on moons, such as Europa.
Submersible Used to Capture Images in the Deep Ocean
Kris with Vince Pace
On Aliens of the Deep, Kris worked closely with Vince Pace, whose company PACE Technologies produces high definition 3-D camera systems.
Since Aliens, Kris has gone on to work with PACE on the very successful 3-D Hannah Montana Concert, the live-feed NBA All-Star game, and Disney's 3-D remake of Tron.