ANIMALS AT WORK - CINEFLIX for CBBC

 

Asked by CINEFLIX to spend some time with half a dozen sharks, Sand tiger sharks, not man eaters by any means. DEEP SEA WORLD has an average bottom depth of 3m, taking an area the size of a football pitch. Deep Sea World provided the support divers, with the patient Jake as my buddy. All went very smoothly with my only concern being trying to avoid standing on the heads of rays and flat fish in this densely populated environment! Part of a 24 episode series for CBBC.

 

“Your footage looked really nice ...”

Leonie Hutchison, Executive Producer, Cineflix.

 

TX expected to be - CBBC 16.15 Thursday October 2010

ARABIA INSURANCE COMMERCIAL

 

GT as location producer, underwater AD and second unit camera with underwater cameraman ANDY MCLEOD in the Canaries for The Fantastic Film Factory (Lebanon).

 

The call came from Andy Mcleod in the Canaries, after a month of on and off, the Arabia Insurance commercial was happening. Having found us on the net, the director, Ramy, had confirmed he wanted us to manage the shooting of his underwater commercial.

 

Our star 'Bob’, a full scale model of a great white. The wide shots in the commercial were to feature a computer animated shark, Bob was to be the close-up stand in. Being up close and personal with a great white we needed realism rather than sensationalism, with gaping jaw, dead eyes and convincing colouration Bob was perfect except for the fact he was deficient in one area, he stopped just below the gills, we had to find an alternative for his tail and fins.

 

The tailless great white was modified, using marine grade ply and leaving enough overhang for the free flow of water I mounted an underwater scooter to the inside of Bob. Anders Kalfors was to be the man at the helm, after test piloting Bob we decided to ad a small amount of buoyancy to the nose, now Anders and Bob were gliding through the water like a kind of mythic, half man, half fish, beast.

 

Not to be out shone, being in nearly every shot, was  the shark cage. An apparently simpler project than Bob, it was constructed in Tenerife, saving on transportation costs from the UK. The cage, built in hollow folded low grade steel tube and box section, was designed for lightness rather than practical safety. We weren’t expecting Ivan to be mauled by a plastic shark! To make the cage neutrally buoyant the displacement of the cage had to be worked out, using the highly sophisticated system of shop display stand, cable ties, and weight belts the calculated weight of the cage was 82 kilos.

 

A location was found for the first slate of the shoot, the beautiful hidden cove of Bellista. I set about rigging the cage as our helpful local fisherman prepared the crane, with a deathly slow drop into the sea we held our breaths. As the cable went slack the cage sat with perfection, waves lapping over the top of the luminescent flotation cylinders.

 

Day two found us at the second and main location, the wreck of La Condisita, an old steam coaster, which went a ground carrying tones of bags of cement. The rigged cage was rolled over the side of Kens rib and the first dive of the day progressed with myself and Andy positioning and tying off the cage. Floating perfectly in the position we wanted, I hovered at a distance to admire the cage. I noticed Andy pointing excitedly to somewhere over my right shoulder, turning to see what it was I almost exploded out of my wet suit to see the nose of a very big shark, mouth agape, appearing from behind my tank. Having got to know plastic Bob pretty well I was still caught unaware by the shark being expertly wrangled by Anders. I now knew everything was in place, a very convincing shark, a realistic cage, an heroic photographer and a great crew.

LOIC LEFERME - A FRENCH FREEDIVING CHAMPION

 

A film of a training session given by the late Loic Leferme with the freediving training organisation Deep Blue Apea in the Canary Islands. Loic takes us into the world of freediving, and explains in his own poetic language what freediving means to him. I include this film for its representation of freedom and the visual beauty and grace of the freediver, unencumbered by compressed air cylinders, hoses and weight belts. One of my most enjoyable filming experiences.


See an extract of this film in the GT 2009 reel on VIMEO.

SINK THE TIRPITZ

 

The Tirpitz was the Third Reich’s ultimate weapon. Sister ship to the Bismarck, she was the most successful German battleship of WWII. She alone had the power to destroy an entire convoy, and from 1939-44 she terrified Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin and Allied Naval Forces throughout the Atlantic and Arctic seaways. It took 36 attempts over five years to finally sink her.

 

'Sink the Tirpitz', produced by TIGRESS PRODUCTIONS, broadcast on HISTORY CHANNEL, recreates the five-year struggle to destroy Hitler’s biggest battleship, brought to life by American, Canadian and British survivors working alongside their counterparts in the forces today.

 

The making of a 90 minute docu-drama about the sinking of the German WW2 warship The Tirpitz. The film is a mix of interviews and actuality with WW2 veterans and drama reconstructions of their memorable experiences and raids.  Underwater filming was done at Fairlie Docks, North Ayreshire. Working closely with Jim White an ex navy diver who runs a diving school and provided vessels and health and safety divers.

KURSK

 

GT Filmed training sessions to qualify the Dutch saturation divers for the recovery of the Russian nuclear submarine The Kursk. Interior and exterior filming of diving bell as the team practiced diver recovery in the murky depths of Loch Lynnhe at the internationally respected Underwater Centre.

BBC PANORAMA - ‘BRITAIN’S DISAPPEARING ANIMALS’

 

Commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland Current Affairs to shoot the scallop beds sequence as well as other IV’s over 4 days. TX Aug 2010. A Gates housing with Sony EX3 and an internal Nano flash drive was used for the underwater shoot. 4 dives in Lamlash bay and off Kildonan Castle on Arran to film dredged and hand dived scallop beds.


Reporter - Richard Bilton, Producer - Kristin Hadland





















Our end of day ‘taxi ride’ from Arran to Campbeltown.

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‘PRESSURE’ - Pinewood Pictures


“Beneath the most hostile ocean on earth and beyond the extremes of human endurance, four saturation divers are trapped. As they face their greatest fears, hold your breath! Plunge to the depths of fear with this claustrophobic, heart-stopping underwater suspense thriller.”


Commissioned by Pinewood Pictures to film the open water sequences off shore near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. Shooting on Red in a Gates housing with a semi bouyant float to allow correct positioning and angle of the camera. The underwater sections of this sequence were shot at the Underwater Stage at Pinewood.


The talent in the water was Joe Cole, now well known for his supporting role in ‘Peaky Blinders’. The film is directed by Ron Scalpello. Lindsay Brown assisted me and the kit was supplied by Dave Blackman at Esprit.