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Jun 10, 2016

Pinchgut Opera prepares to perform Haydn's Armida: video behind the scenes

Sydney, winter time, and a cast of six principal characters rehearse a brand new production of Haydn's opera: Armida. Shooting behind the scenes during rehearsals yielded some very nice footage.
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May 22, 2016

Bizarre Foods TV show: Behind the Scenes underwater shoot

The TV show Bizarre Foods needed me to film some local divers gathering lobsters for an episode that would end in a beach barbeque. The water was a frigid 42 degrees Farenheit and the visibility was about what one would expect from the Long Island Sound.... not great.
The video is private for the moment until the episode has aired....
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Apr 16, 2016

Video Project: Sydney's Pinchgut Opera

I'm heading to Australia is a few weeks to do 'behind the scenes' videos for Pinchgut Opera in Sydney. 

Haydn's Armida
Armida was the last opera Haydn created for the opulent surroundings of the Eszterhazy Palace, where it received a phenomenal 54 performances; Haydn himself judged it his best opera.

Here's an intro video with interviews I conducted in NYC about the opera production:


More info and tickets: https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/pinchgut-haydns-armida
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Apr 15, 2016

Dutch Springs Quarry: the new attraction, a plane, 2016

Dutch Springs has managed to strip down a jet plane and suspend it mid-water in the middle of the quarry for the enjoyment and training of divers from surrounding areas.

Here's the first look at it, video style, before the plane becomes encrusted in green growth:



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Mar 25, 2016

Triton Rebreather Scam continues after refund

Now it's a 'liquid oxygen converter'?


Read more from these persistent fellows about the new version of the scam in their latest Update

How do YOU think they are doing this?

  • why is he sitting there so still?
  • why does his head hardly move?
  • why just that front camera angle?
  • why was it released on April fools' day? Coincidence? I THINK NOT....
Here's an extract from their latest update: 
"Inside of each Triton, the artificial gills utilize “liquid oxygen”, which combined with the other components allow users to breathe underwater, which you can see in the video above. We will release more information about the ‘liquid oxygen’ cylinders and safety strap. Note that the “liquid oxygen” cylinders won’t last forever so we plan to make it possible for backers to purchase and exchange cylinders through our website. They will come in packs of 1, 3 and 5, and we’ll list prices as soon as they are finalized. We’re also working on a solution to make them refillable."

The Original Scam: 

These three guys were trying to pull off an age old snake oil scam.

It started with student Jeabyun Yeon's design project on Facebook, illustrations which were misrepresented as being an actual product design in both theory and in practice rather than just a 'concept' that he'd come up with for a school project.
Having a look down Jeabyun's Facebook wall you will eventually come to a photo of a snorkel design which I guess may have been his inspiration:
August 2013


The story was picked up by idiot journalists as being a working product, and people tend to believe what they read. The high quality photos finish the con-job.

Initially these young fellows were asking for $50,000 on their indiegogo page but more than 1800 idiots jumped at the chance to spend $299, $499 and $1,100 to get 1-5 finished and working products in December 2016. Folks, you can kiss that money goodbye, and don't wait by the mailbox. You should have ordered a T-shirt for $50. Insert old saying here about fools and money______

Jeabyun Yeon has parlayed his fake product's internet attention into a job in China, at the Guandong Province office of a cheesy looking design company owner called Karim Rashid (website) 
I'm sure that when Jeabyun gets his big, fat check from Indiegogo, he'll be enjoying China a hell of a lot more and will soon be wearing a suit and glasses fit for a pimp.

Details of the scam:

Most scuba divers around the world who have an internet connection have seen the video of Jeabyun's friend Saheed Khademi (linkedin ) awkwardly flapping around in a shallow pool with supermarket flippers while holding his breath, and letting out occasional puffs of air to simulate real breathing.

Check it out, his lungs are so full he has trouble staying beneath the surface. Note that they had to cut the video so that we can't see him taking a big breath at the end of the pool so he can turn around and head back to the other end. Come ON people, stop throwing your money at these fuckwits.



It looks like a family member, John Khademi Linkedin  
whom I guess is the bad breath-holder's Daddy, worked his way into the scam. Read what he wrote next to his name in the bio section of their fund raising page.



"An strategic mind appearance". Yes, he clearly is a marketing genius.

I wonder why they let Daddy in on it, as it seems to me that the marketing genius was the young designer who just shoved his University project up on Facebook a few years ago.

The laws governing crowd funding scams such as the Triton Scam are very loose. Read Andrea Noble's Washington Times piece: "Crowdfunding websites exploited by scam artists..."

What can we learn?

  • Internet journalists often don't check facts
  • People will believe anything
  • Video really sells, even if the product does not exist
But check out this guy!


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Feb 27, 2016

Dive Boat Promotional Video

This short promotional video for a dive boat in the North East of the United States has caused a stur on Facebook.  Very few dive boats have up to date advertising so it's going to put this boat ahead of the curve.



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Feb 26, 2016

A tale of an underwater Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress Shoot
by Pete Bucknell 

A phone call from a stranger led to a film shoot in a deep cenote with freedivers, a wedding dress and a bunch of safety divers who I had never met. 

I am an underwater cameraman and my motto is “be ready to roll”, which leads to an unpredictable life. My heart leapt when I hung up the phone. Freedivers! This is going to be awesome!

Two days later, long time freediver, Bobby Kim and I lay down the rules at the New York production meeting to ensure the safety of everyone in the water. The director, the writer and the 3D video production designer shared their vision with us as we fought to stop our eyebrows rising in dubiousness. 
The list of shots began with some unexpected subjects: an empty wedding dress, a yellow slip, a bride beckoning to the camera and a male freediver in a retro wetsuit following a laundry list of directions, followed by some deep ocean shots. 

I met the other two freedivers in a fancy hotel in Mexico. Drop-dead gorgeous Dana Beck was to wear the wedding dress and her husband, Mike Harder, not so gorgeous, an ex-hockey player would be her safety freediver along with Bobby who would dive, ‘act' and add some safety to Dana’s dives. 

Earlier that day at the Cancun airport, our video designer was mobbed by fans who thought he was Ryan Gosling. Production week was off to a surreal start.


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Feb 9, 2016

Sharks biting the feeder

Closeup of Lemon Shark tasting feeder's equipment

Here's a quick look at what it's like to be amongst the toothy critters that everyone seems to be terrified of...
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Jan 27, 2016

Cave Training Promotional: the shoot in Mexico

The fourth in the series of four videos shot for Blue Life in Mexico.

Shooting a cave training promotional is more complex than the 'dive experience' type videos that promote things like trips to Cozumel, or learning to dive. A cave course is an intense, multi-day journey that every cave diver has made on their way to becoming a certified cave diver.

I brought my land cameras down to Mexico in addition to my various underwater rigs. Capturing the land drills and featuring certain equipment required high production value, so tripods, sliders, lenses, lights and a business like attitude were needed to get the desired results.

Shooting on open circuit using a side mount rig seemed to be the most convenient way to film, and it meant that all I had to bring was my drysuit, a computer and a mask (and about 70 lbs of video gear). I borrowed the rest of the dive gear from Blue Life, knowing that their stuff is top notch, better than my own.

So here's the short video promo, designed to go on the Blue Life website and to be posted on the web for advertising.

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Jan 16, 2016

One Breath Magazine : article to appear about "The Deepest Man" shoot

The "Deepest Man" shoot was quite a unique scenario, shooting freedivers in a natural fresh water spring in Mexico. Freedivers wearing wedding dresses.. and acting... Shooting wedding dresses underwater with no freediver in them....  

I'll post the link when the magazine comes out later this Month.



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Dec 18, 2015

Dive Cozumel : video

This video was shot over one day's diving in Cozumel. We had a beautiful sunny day with great visibility. Thanks to the father and son team and Blue Life's guide: Sarah Pulitzer for modeling.


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Dec 17, 2015

Cenote Diving Video : Mexico

The second of 4 promotional videos for the Mexican Dive Operation in Playa del Carmen.
This video highlights the Cavern diving and cenote diving experience that Blue Life provides for scuba divers visiting Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cancun.

It took two days to shoot this video with two different sets of clients and three dive sites.

Shot mostly on the GoPro Hero 4 Silver, and the GoPro Session, and the Panasonic GH2 camera.



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Dec 11, 2015

First promotional video for Blue Life

This week I've been editing 4 promotional videos for the Mexican Dive Operation in Playa del Carmen.
Each video will appear on the dive operation's website to give potential customers some 'visual information' about what to expect from each service.

The 'Try Diving' video was shot in a day, utilizing a pool session and two boat dives. The ocean was a little misty from the rough weather we'd been having, so there was quite a bit of color correction.

The models were from Argentina and did a nice job for the camera. Dive instructor :Hugo de la Llata was extremely thorough with them as one of them hadn't dived before! So... method acting, it was.

I used a GoPro for all of the above water shooting and a Panasonic GH2 for the underwater stuff.

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Dec 8, 2015

scuba foul

When scuba divers turn on each other...
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https://www.facebook.com/petebucknell/videos/937122999668643/?pnref=story


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Dec 1, 2015

The Dry Tortugas: a video

A Dive club trip to the Dry Tortugas.
Here's the video. (Don't let the kids watch)

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