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Jul 31, 2014

Australian Youth Orchestra: video insight during their concert's interval

I spent the week pointing various cameras at the Australian Youth Orchestra, filming a 16 minute feature for webcast last night. 
The musicians gave great interviews, providing interesting insight for the viewers watching around the world. Have a look:



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Jul 21, 2014

Florida Cave Diving: video

A flight to Jacksonville Florida, and a ride to Cave Country to see what the fuss is about: Cave Diving in Florida.

It's a bit of a cult, and the people who dive the caves of Florida are special, it seems to me, different to the rest. The caves are quite deep, and the rivers flow, and there are accidents to learn from.
Such was my gentle introduction to this particular sub-sector of the diving community.

Here's a short film that I think captures the experience of heading into Florida's underground waterways.



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Jul 14, 2014

An Underwater Filming Career can be rewarding

The big boys warned me a few years ago that a career in underwater video was a hard, uphill road.

They were wrong, kind of.
Working hard on perfecting the skills needed for high level professional underwater film making is extremely satisfying. Potential clients are looking for high quality and reliability, and being easy to work with helps. Once that reputation starts to take root, the phone calls start to come in.

Sure, some of the work environments I have found myself in would scare the crap out of most recreational divers. How can I be so sure? I was scared too.
Deep in a new cave with a big camera rig, or fiddling with tiny buttons through thick neoprene gloves at 180 feet on a rusty and unstable wreck with 25 minutes to get enough footage for an episode of a TV show… you'd have to be stupid not to be a bit scared. (weirdly enough, I'm usually more anxious that I won't get the footage we need, than I am scared of the situation I'm in).
And then there's the decompression to deal with, which isn't always as straight forward as it is on a regular dive boat with paying passengers. That's another story...

You get yourself trained by the best specialists you can find, and you practice. After a while you get used to it. No that's not true. Not so far anyway.
Every job I have had in the last two years has been completely different from preceding jobs. The required skill set is like an amoeba. You just have to adapt, and keep your skills sharp and at the ready, because when the time comes to hit the record button, it's just you and your equipment, and it has to be good. That's why they called you.

It's a high pressure job that sounds really fun and exciting, because, most of the time, it is ; especially if you have the right attitude.

Here's my business card... we're digital these days right?




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Jul 8, 2014

Shooting Deep on Air in the North Atlantic

The mission was to shoot footage of rebreather diver: Ralph Towlen gathering seafood from in and around the shipwreck of the Coimbra.

The Coimbra lies at 175 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic. A large wreck, easy to get lost in, and deep, especially considering that I was diving with compressed air with no helium in it.

Nitrogen and CO2 are narcotic gases which at depths below 100 feet become more and more disturbing to brain function as the diver descends. With special training and a thick wallet, divers can replace some of that narcotic nitrogen with helium.

Twenty-five minutes on the bottom, pressing tiny buttons on my camera housing and adjusting lights for bad visibility, followed by about half an hour of decompression on the anchor line and time to come up and be ready to attend to the passengers who would be coming up soon.

Here's a glimpse of a crew member, Andy, jumping in with some gas to spare:

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