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.
Our fourth video with Shearwater Research focuses on a new sector for their marketing - public safety diving. The Renton Fire Department Station 12 Water Rescue team have been using the NERD 2 in their training and operations, stating it makes them more efficient and safer. The awesome hands-free dive computer is like nothing else available, top of the line technology that has a priceless value to it practicality.
Not only do Station 12 use the NERD 2 on operations, but we also use it when shooting video. Having all your important life support information visible at all times, is invaluable. Having your depth, NDL, PSI, deco, compass... all of it right there at a glance, is one less thing to worry about, and allows you to keep both hands on the camera, focussed on the job in hand, without compromising safety.
The NERD 2 is highly desired amongst videographers and recreational divers, recent feedback on this video from other public safety divers has shown that it will likely be widely adopted amongst them too.
For more on Shearwater, visit: www.shearwater.com
We have just finished a complete rebranding of OceanEXP, an incredible endeavour to establish Canada's Centre of Ocean Exploration. The project is in its fundraising stages right now, with hopes that it will come to fruition in the coming years.
We were very pleased to have been asked to be a part of this huge project, and look forward to working with the OceanEXP team again in the future.
You can learn more about the project over at www.oceanexp.ca
We just dried ourselves off after a fun shoot with a fire department public safety team. The video, for Shearwater Research, will demonstrate how public safety dive teams can take advantage of their Near Eye Remote Display technology incorporated into their amazing NERD 2 dive computer.
We've produced a video for recreational NERD 2 divers, and we've been using the NERD 2 for about a year and a half now - and love it, but to see how it can be incorporated into safety diving has been really interesting. Displaying depth, tank pressure, air time remaining, NDL, and a compass - on the same easy to read screen, hands free, right where you need it, has become an indispensable tool for these teams.
We'll keep you posted for the final video release... but for now... back to the edit!
We've just come off the back of an awesome week of diving in British Columbia. It's no secret that the winter time is the best time to dive. Crisp air and crystal clear waters make for some stunning dives full of colour, marine life, and adventure.
Last week saw a great group of divers from all over North America descend upon the Comox Valley and Campbell River, visiting some classic local dive sites such as Row and Be Damned, April Point Wall, Steep Island, and Norris Rocks. They were stunned by the wall to wall colour, the abundance of marine life, and clarity of our beautiful emerald waters.
Along with Trisha and Russell, Jill Heinerth and Jaqueline Windh bought the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow head count up to four. Jill (Explorer in Residence) also bought out the RCGS flag for this group shot (photo by Maxwel Hohn).
We were shooting some immersive (and rather amazing) 360 video for a client. We'll be sharing some 360 virtual reality footage ourselves in the future, but for now we're just very happy to shot some of the coolest BC dive footage we could have hoped for.
As the snow continues to fall the dives keep happening. It may be cold out site, but the water is warmer than the air, more inviting, and full of things to keep us busy!
Another year, another DEMA. The Dive Equipment and Marketing Association show is an annual even switching between Florida and Las Vegas. This year Vegas was the over-air conditioned location for North America's largest dive show. Each year we have a handful of clients attending, each with different videos or works on show.
In addition we always meet a ton of great new people, lots of old friends, and say thank you to all our fantastic supporters.
We recently had the pleasure of presenting at this years Divescapes Conference in Calgary. The show, put on by the Alberta Underwater Council, is a fantastic two day event that brings together divers from all over Canada, and speakers from all over the world. Over 250 divers attend the conference and dinner and we had a great (if a little nervous!) time presenting our passion - underwater stories. We had some lovely comments from people, met some great new friends, and showed a selection of video work from our adventures. We can't wait for the next show!