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!
We are looking forward to speaking at this years Divescapes show in Calgary! Divescapes is the bi-annual scuba show and conference organized by the rather amazing Alberta Underwater Council. The AUC is an incredibly active council that puts on a huge variety of events throughout the year. Alberta, despite being a wee way from the coast, has a hugely active scuba diving community. Their show, Divescapes, is the only dive show of its kind in Canada, and pulls in some top speakers from across the global dive industry.
This year we were asked to speak and shall be giving a 45 minute presentation at the show in October. There's a great roster of top speakers, so get a ticket, get a seat, and help support Canada's only dive show!
It's always nice to walk the halls of the worlds largest dive industry trade show and see your videos being played. As we write this the corridors of the Orlando Convention Centre are crammed with divers at the annual DEMA Show, and amongst the hundreds of exhibitors you'll spot a few of our videos.
Performance Freediving International have a ton of videos playing in a lovely little loop, Master Liveaboards and Solomon Island Dive Expeditions are showing our promo videos, and above you'll see everyone's favourite dive computer manufacturer - Shearwater Research playing our video at their very popular booth.
There may also be another couple of videos on show elsewhere - there's a lot to take in at DEMA!
So if you're walking the halls (and for some reason reading this), stop by and tell them you like the videos!
Exploring Bell Island screened last night to a packed audience at the Nickel Film Festival in St Johns, Newfoundland. It's great to see so many people enjoying our Minimentary and learning more about the underwater history of Canada.
During a recent visit to the UK, I was asked if I'd like to present to a group of 15 year old GCSE photography students at the prestigious Duke of York's Royal Military School, of course!
For about 40 minutes I shared some of the amazing things we've seen underwater, a collection of videos and still photos seemingly had the younglings glued to the screen.
After the talk there was a barrage of questions, and even a couple of students that wanted to talk further.
It was a fun experience. I've talked at Universities before, but never to this age group. I spent an age writing my talk, making sure there were lots of images, it wasn't dull, and covered a lot of ground. University students can take or leave what you say, but 15 year olds you really want to keep entertained.
The talk had a strong message on exploration. Doesn't matter where, when, why, or who with. You could explore your garden, the beach, the school grounds, or an empty classroom, just explore. They seemed to like that core message, and didn't mind hearing it several times when accompanied by video of a great white shark!
I've since heard from a couple of students that they want to become divers, and want to try underwater photography. And the school have invited me back to talk address all the students. You can't ask for more than that!
For the past three years Seaproof.tv have been hired by Performance Freediving International to produce video coverage of their incredible Deja Blue freediving competition, held in the Cayman Islands.
Competitors from around the globe congregate on Grand Cayman for the week long comp, known as the Iron Man of freediving competitions.
Our role is simple; produce timely video updates for the world to see!
This year Seaproof.tv produced 14 videos in just under two weeks. Plus an additional 5 videos rebranded and re-released from last year, and one pre-event promotional video. That's a lot of videos!
We've had the pleasure of working with PFI a lot over the last couple of years and they're a fantastic training agency that truly does pioneering work within diving. Their use of scooters for safety, and technical freediving techniques are way ahead of the curve. And when it comes to video, I don't think any freediving event on the globe has the level of coverage that Deja Blue has, and we are very proud to make that a reality for them.
Our videos incorporate topside video, interviews, drone shots, in water, and deep water coverage. All edited uploaded and shared within approx. a 24 hour period.
You can watch all the videos we produced on the Deja Blue 8 Vimeo channel.
As freediving gains in popularity with each passing month, we're very pleased to be associated with such a forward thinking company. Check them out for yourself, see what the fuss is about: www.performancefreediving.com
Our Minimentary Exploring Bell Island has been a big sucess. In a time where most 8 minute long videos don't fair too well, this one did. It's reach on Facebook far exceeded what we could have hoped for, with over 400 people sharing the video alone.
Feedback from all corners of Canada was amazing. Some residents of Bell Island even commented on the video, telling us of stories of family members that were aboard the vessels the night they sank. Incredible!
The icing on the cake however was on Thanksgiving, when we received an email letting us know that the Minimentary had been given an Award of Excellence at the Canada Shorts Film Festival!
We make minimentaries because we love to. There's no money here, just a passion to tell a story. Bell Island has an incredible story to tell, Jill Heinerth was an incredible story teller, and the wrecks themselves make it difficult to not capture stunning visuals.
We're incredibly proud of our Exploring Bell Island minimentary, and we're super happy for it to be seen, and appreciated at a festival such as Canada Shorts. And the Award of Excellence is a great award to get, and a nice way to round off an amazing year for us.
Seaproof.tv is very proud to be one of the sponsors of this years Divescapes Conference in Calgary. Held every two years, the show alternates between Edmonton and Calgary, and is a two day event, plus workshops.
The show comprises of guest speakers, workshops, a gala dinner and exhibitors.
Tickets can be purchased by heading to their website: www.divescapes.ca
Speakers include: Becky Kagan Schott, Brian Kakuk, Charles Dagneau, Michael Pitts, Howie Robbins, Steve Lewis, and more.
Sprinkle in some cocktail drinks, social shenanigans, and a good few booths to look over, and you have yourself a dandy weekend of dive goodness.
See you there!
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.