Join us at 1pm on Saturday, March 19th for Robert Cantrell’s talk on screenplays: Bridging Between Film and Book. Zoom meeting details will be sent to members and subscribers.

Robert Cantrell is both a military veteran and a shark diver. He writes about both. Robert developed a passion for sharks when he was six years old upon seeing a trailer for Blue Water, White Death, a documentary filmed by adventurer Peter Gimbel in 1969 and shown in 1971. In 1987, he earned his undergraduate degree in biology and military science from Duke University, focusing on marine studies. He attended Duke on an army scholarship, leading to his service as an infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division and the 11th Group Special Forces (reserve).

Robert established himself in the diver community as a shark photographer. Through a 2009 shark photography gallery at AHM Gallery in Old Town, Alexandria, VA, he received funding for the two shark expeditions featured in The Sharks of War: Truth, Tales, and Terror–a finalist shown at BLUE: Ocean Film Festival in 2016 among others. Robert and his team performed unprecedented dives at night among bull, tiger, and oceanic whitetip sharks during these expeditions. He is writing a corresponding book titled The Sharks, The Dark, and The Deep.

Robert holds professional film credits from Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He also participated in story development for Charlie Mathau’s Freaky Deaky, adapted from the Elmore Leonard book. Robert spends most of his days, however, as a patent practitioner registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Robert is the author of a self-published book, Understanding Sun Tzu on the Art of War released in 2003. This title sold more than eight thousand copies and was adopted by the National Defense University, the Navy War College, and the Air War College for their course curriculums. He also wrote a textbook titled Outpacing the Competition: Patent-Based Business Strategy, published by Wiley in 2009. This title found a place at top intellectual property centers such as those within Microsoft, Corning, Caterpillar, Intel, Amazon, DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and others along with the Office of the Secretary of Defense.