The above video has been in the making for four years. Why so long for an 8 minute minimentary you ask? Because that's how long it has taken underwater videographer, and Seaproof.tv collaborator Maxwel Hohn to capture every aspects of this epic journey.
Directed by Maxwel Hohn and Russell Clark
Tadpole videography by Maxwel Hohn
Additional video from Steve Woods, Maxwel Hohn, and Russell Clark
Written and Edited by Russell Clark
For more on Maxwel, check out his website at: www.maxwelhohn.com
For more on Steve Wood, check out his website at: www.stevewoodsphotography.com
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.
Maxwel Hohn is a local BC underwater photographer, drone pilot, commercial diving instructor and all round good guy. He's also one of our dive buddies and a fellow GH5 user. A few weeks back he invited us to head out with him and fellow photographer Ryan Miller to visit The Abyss, a freshwater dive site in Gold River, north west Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The site is quite something. The soft limestone has been carved into an incredibly canyon by the Gold River's high winter water flow. During the summer the river calms allowing divers to jump in. Not only that but it's crystal clear and a lovely 20 degrees. Wetsuit time in Canada!
We never actually intended to make a video from this day, we were just out practicing and learning more about our Panasonic GH5 and Aquatica housing, but it soon became clear this site deserved a little bit of love! So we got a quick audio interview with Maxwel and slapped it together with a few clips. We think it turned out pretty well!
The GH5 is great in this environment. There's enough light to utilize the GH5's VFR mode - or slow motion as its also known. You still have to crank up the ISO, and noise does became a major factor in the blacks, but you can get away with some nice shots, especially for web audiences.
For more on BC visit our little site www.beneathbc.com - for more of Maxwel's work visit www.salishsky.com
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.
July 1st, 2017 - the 150th Birthday of modern day Canada. We decided to spend the day underwater of course, diving two of our favourite sites - the SS Capilano shipwreck, and Vivian Island.
Both are just off the coast of Comox, British Columbia, and together they make for one of our favourite days on the water - anywhere in the world!
The SS Capilano sits at 100 feet and is a stunning wreck covered in plumose anemone, and huge ling cod. There's lots to see down there, as the video below will give you a glimpse of.
Vivian Island is a little-known gold mine of a dive site. On one side you have a few hundred sea lions, though visibility at this time of year in the shallows means you don't see them much. The other side of the island has the remains of the SS Shamrock plus a deep wall with boot sponges, and then at the far end as you come up for your safety stop - sea lions!
There are few places in BC that offer wrecks, sea lions and walls in one or two dives, and we have it right on our doorstep, and there's no better way to spend Canada Day than right there!
You can book a charter through our friends at www.pacificprodive.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.
What a start to 2016! Sea lions, wrecks, walls and lots, lots more sea lions. Becky Kagan Schott from Liquid Productions bought a host of cameras to Vancouver Island, to which we added even more, jumped on a boat spent five days having some of the most fun dive experiences you can imagine. But don't take our word for it, check out our little video!
If you're looking to experience sea lions in their natural habitat, Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures have the best boats, and extensive knowledge of multiple sea lion dive sites off Vancouver Island.