It's that wonderful time of year again when steller sea lions (and some Californian's) flock to the rocky shores of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Ready to feast on the herring that come into the area for their annual spawn, the sea lions are often the subject of many documentary projects. This year however we were pleased to be part of an ongoing alternative arts project that aims to capture and present the herring spawn in a very new and innovative way.
Our job was to assist fellow videographer Maxwel Hohn (seen above), and underwater photographer Tiare Boyes. Between Seaproof.tv and Maxwel, we've probably done more sea lion diving and video than anyone, and we've now become the go-to experts for most filming projects that feature sea lions on the west coast.
The final project won't be live until the end of the year but we'll post something here when we have more details.
In the meantime you can see more of Maxwel's incredible work here, and learn more about Tiare here.
Every two years the Alberta Underwater Council put on a show called Divescapes, and it is awesome. The show is a dive conference packed with the best speakers around. The weekend takes place in Edmonton, October 2020, and is well worth the trip.
Divescapes 2020 will have a ton of excellent speakers, some fun social events, manufacturers and brands exhibiting, workshops, and a ton of opportunities to learn about exploration. It really is the best show in North America, and its in Canada! Woop! It is small enough to be personal, but large enough to be epic. Every year I go I have a great time, and I'm looking forward to being back there soon.
Get more info and early bird tickets here: www.divescapes.ca
Next year Jill Heinerth and Seaproof.tv's Russell Clark lead an expedition to Newfoundland. Rather spectacular named The 2020 Great Island Expedition, the adventure will have a team of 10 explorers dive at multiple locations around Newfound, and yes, we'll be making a documentary of the whole shebang!
A fantastic tease of the expedition can be heard by listening to Jill's current Into The Planet Podcast - which you can do by clicking the image above, or by clicking here. Not only is this a podcast you should be religiously listening to already, but this particular episode features an amazing anecdote about one particular individual - Lanier Phillips.
You'll have to listen to Jill's story, I don't want to spoil it or screw it up! It's a unique piece of American and now Canadian history.
We'll be diving the wrecks of the USS Pollux and Truxton during our expedition - two of the lesser documented historical wreck sites of Newfoundland, and I for one can't wait!
Learn more about Lanier Phillips here.
Do yourself a favour and order Jill's awesome new book here.
Ah, the British Columbia summer. Lots of fantastic diving and snorkelling in the freshwater canyons, rivers and lakes. Camping, BBQ's, wetsuits, paddle boards and of course, lots of photos. Its a great time of year to explore lesser known parts of BC, including a nice little lake towards the top of Vancouver Island, home to tens of thousands of tadpoles.
At around 11am each day the tadpoles move from deeper water into the shallow, warmer water to feed, then around 4pm, they move back down. Its what we've been calling the daily tadpole commute. There are streams of them, like little dark highways weaving in and out of the colourful lily pads. It's incredible. I can hear a David Attenborough voice over talking about the "great migration".
Some of the tadpoles have little legs, some don't. Some are big and chubby, some are small. But they are all very, very cute! Snorkelling above them, just floating in the water looking down, you see the black highway of tadpoles beneath you, tens of thousands of the little guys on their way for lunch. Occasionally one will bump into your camera dome and their little mouth will try and see if it's edible. Each one has a little personality, like a character in a Pixar movie. If I could draw, they'd now be a children's book called Chadpole, telling the adventures of Chad, the tadpole, and his band of friends!
It's another great reminder that our precious freshwater resources also hold incredible marine habitats, extraordinary life cycles, and offer such great educational resources. It is a very fragile environment, and great care must be taken when observing, but it is such a unique and fascinating site to witness, one I wish others could see firsthand.
It was a great pleasure to be a guest on Jill Heinerth's excellent Into The Planet Podcast - which you can find here. That's me above on the right in case you were wondering!
Jill is not only one of our greatest living explorers, a highly accomplished author, incredible videographer and photographer, but she's also one of my favourite people. We both come from similar design based backgrounds, and share similar views on diving's future and the importance of communication.
Jill's podcast covers some fantastic dive and exploration related anecdotes, I encourage everything to sign up and subscribe. Produced by Robert McClellan (above left) the series is a fun way to learn more and to get excited about the prospects of exploration.
My comments are largely drawn from my time producing brand content for the dive industry, and through my work as Editor of DIVER magazine. The "next Cousteau" is something I hear people say we need, truth is, the next Cousteau is already here (I don't just mean Jean-Michel, who does great things).
Click on the image above to listen, then go back through all Jill's other podcasts for some great educational entertainment, with a heavy topping of inspiration!
Since exploring the Bell Island World War 2 shipwrecks a few year ago, we couldn't wait to get back to Newfoundland and the good folks at Ocean Quest Adventures.
This year we had it all - icebergs, shipwrecks, whale skulls and marine life in abundance! This trip was purely for fun, but as always we had a camera with us!
Big Animal Encounters are a whale watching, grizzly bear tour, and marine tour company operating out of Campbell River, British Columbia. They have a fleet of three boats and offer marine tours all day, every day, throughout the summer months.
Before each tour the skipper of each vessel is required to give a safety briefing to passengers. We pitched the idea of a "pre-flight" style safety video, like those seen onboard airlines. Keeping the video to the essential info only, and we used existing Big Animal Encounters staff members. Shot in a day, edited in two. Quick turnaround, good quality, and fulfils the client brief, as well as our original vision.
A simple video that will save this company a lot of time of the course of a season, instil a sense of trust and professionalism with their customers, and serve as a good little promotional tool.
For more visit: www.biganimalencounters.com
The purpose of this video was to produce it in a quick time frame. 3 hours to shoot - whilst doing the actual tour, a quick interview with Mack, then a quick edit of about half a day. It's not perfect, but a nice way to bang out a video. See what you think.
We do say we cover “air, land and sea” - well , here’s proof! A fun helicopter ride with 49 North Helicopters, operating out of Campbell River, BC.
Starting off over the clear emerald waters of BC, we climbed to 7000 feet, setting down on a glacier for a spot of lunch, before a very scenic tour home.
I’m often spending time under the water, so soaring above it capturing video made for a fun day out indeed.
Seeing the Orford River meander through the mountains from 4000 feet was a treat. I’ll be back there in a few months to watch the grizzly bears feed on salmon.
BC never ceases to amaze, there is much to be discovered, explored and filmed. Take a trip, get a new perspective, and rediscover the world from above.
You've probably seen this sign around? Maybe in the local cafe, mechanics, or pub? Well it's bullshit. It's pretty funny yes, but really a light hearted way for a business owner to say they don't really give that much of a crap. It's not a good way to represent your brand.
Seaproof.tv offers all of the above. We are good, we are fast, and we are cheap. Of course they can all be relative, but that's where the trick lies - balance.
Effeciency and balance are the two key things we pride ourselves on. If you want a Hollywood production, well, go to Hollywood. What you want is effective ways of communicating with your audience, done quickly, done affordably and done well. That's what we do. There's no trade off, no "you can have two of the three".
We produce work quickly. We have experience in covering competitive Freediving that saw us produce 14 videos in ten days - each one with underwater, topside and aerial video, interviews and b-roll.
We produce work at an affordable rate. We have worked for 'ma and pa' dive stores - small, local business looking to expand their customer base. Every penny counts to people like this and we not only accommodate, we exceed their expectations, and have never had anything but great feedback.
We produce great work. We've produced video for big high end brands like Canon, AquaLung, and Shearwater Research to name a few. Large brands with exceedingly high standards. Oh, we've also won an Award of Excellence at the Canada Shorts Film Festival.
Where we excel though is combing these into one service. You want it cheap, fast and good? You got it.