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
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 had the pleasure of working with Aqua Lung Canada a few months ago. It was a fun shoot on the white water rapids of the Fraser River in British Columbia. A freezing cold day at the end of the season, on an inflatable boat, custom made for that particular river.
The shoot was to promote a new drysuit that is part of Aqua Lung's impressive military & professional line. The Raptor is a water rescue drysuit aimed at search and rescue operations, such as river rescue, police, and other first responders.
The shoot was supported by Rescue Canada, a premiere training facility that provides a vast array of (often breathtaking) training courses to cover all areas of water rescue. Rescue Canada provided a wealth of information, as well as some trained rescuers as models for the new drysuit.
The shoot was a great time to put our newish GH5 through it's paces. Using mainly the excellent Panasonic 12-35mm lens, and the indispensable Lens Coat rain jacket, we got some great shots on the front of the inflatable. Those shots don't appear in the above, but getting thrown around some white water rapids whilst trying to frame a shot was a lot of fun!
The bulk of the shoot was on details and features - this video is more for informational purposes than a glitzy Facebook commercial - the suit has many more features than you'd get in a traditional drysuit.
The video was edited by Aqua Lung's James Manke, one of the hardest working guys we've been lucky enough to work with. We look forward to more projects with Aqua Lung, including one this coming May.
You can learn more about the Raptor here.
Dive computers don't come much better than this. Maybe a little. But that's only because Shearwater also make the NERD 2, which we'll talk about in a later blog post.
Shearwater research's tagline actually sums up everything perfectly. "Powerful, simple, reliable". Their entire range of computer, but most recently the PERDIX AI and the NERD 2 embody this ethic without missing a beat.
The PERDIX AI is a wrist mounted technical and recreational dive computer, and where used with up to 2 transmitters, it offers incredible air integration options.
We will be producing a blog post that looks specifically at our usage of Shearwater's products from a videography point of view. But for now we just wanted to get this video posted so you can see how awesome the PERDIX AI is.
For more info visit Shearwater Research.
Now the dust has settled, the feet have stopped aching, its time to look back at this years DEMA Show, held in Florida last week. Not only were we there, walking the floors, meeting interesting folk, and drooling over shiny camera gear, we also had a load of our work on display:
Our promotional videos for Lavacore, and Scuba Dive British Columbia were on a constant loop, as well as a selection of videos from Performance Freediving International's Deja Blue 6 competition, and some lovely tec diving video over at the new Island Tec Retreat booth. 4 booths, not too shabby!
If that wasn't enough, we had a ton of marketing design materials, from logos and branding, to complete booth design, leaflets, postcards, business cards, shirts, banners... and everything in-between. We had DEMA pretty well covered!
The best thing however was the people we met, the new connections we made, and the seemingly endless stream of opportunities that await us and Seaproof.tv heading into a shiny looking 2016.
A couple of months back we were hired to shoot the underwater portion of a web video for Canon's new Road New Roads campaign. The shoot was to capture diver Gary Marcuse using a Canon 7D for the first time. The shoot was a challenge, as the visibility that particular day was minimal, in fact our first dive was called early due to lack of being able to see one's fins! The shoot ended well though and we're proud show you the two part video below.
Our video was shot on a Canon 5D Mark 2, using an Aquatica housing, and a Canon SL1 using an Ikelite housing. Gary can be seen shooting with a Canon 7D with Ikelite housing. Charter operator is the ever excellent Sea Dragon Charters.
For more info visit the Roam New Roads website.