Science & Medicine
[LESS INFO] 46 VIEWS | ADDED 22:38:13 08/09/09
Filmmaker Rick Morris introduces us to the Census of Marine Life, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans. The world's first comprehensive Census of Marine Life - past, present, and future - will be released in 2010. For more information on the census, please visit the Census of Marine Life at http://coml.org . For more on filmmaker Rick Morris, please visit his website at http://eclipsetvproduction.com .
[LESS INFO] 81 VIEWS | ADDED 02:54:48 07/10/09
At the Bonaire Digital Shootout, Backscatter's Jim Decker and Russ Sanoian took the Canon EOS 5D Mark II underwater in an Aquatica housing to test out the DSLR's HD video capabilities. And what incredible results! This footage has no image manipulation, was converted to ProResHQ for editing in Final Cut Pro, and encoded to AppleTV HD specifications in Compressor. What you see is a 5Mbps 1280x720 H.264 encoding of the original 40Mbps 1920x1080 H.264 footage. Editing and music by Jim Decker. Enjoy! For more information, contact http://Backscatter.com
[LESS INFO] 65 VIEWS | ADDED 01:46:27 06/23/09
Filmmaker Mike Elliott, a master of macro, uses his art to bring us colorful Feather Duster and Christmas Tree Worms in ways we can't see with the human eye. These worms are a favorite of many underwater imagers because of their colors and their availability. Mike takes filming them to new levels! You can see more of Mike Elliott's video work at http://MuckDiver.com.
[LESS INFO] 58 VIEWS | ADDED 16:25:33 04/16/09
Simon Spear's award-winning celebration of our water planet home that we share with marine life great and small. This beautiful short film has won awards and accolades in film festivals all over the world. Among the achievements is the First Place Award in the Conservation Video category for the Our World Underwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Competition. Simon discusses his film on his website www.viewfromtheblue.me.uk: "70% of our planet's surface is covered by water, and yet we call our planet Earth. Seems strange eh? For centuries we have believed that our oceans were an endless resource and we have harvested their bounty to their maximum potential. However over the last decade in particular we have begun to realize that this is not the case and that our oceans are just as fragile and prone to destruction as any other habitat. "Commercial fish stocks the world over are on the brink of collapse and at current rates will disappear by 2050 at the latest. Shark populations have been decimated as we continue to kill up to 100 million sharks a year. As a result many species are in imminent danger of extinction. Today we have only 5% remaining of our coral reefs that once carpeted most of our tropical seas. By 2050 it is believed that we will loose a further 95% of what little remains. We are in danger of turning our most incredible of natural wonders into a barren desert completely devoid of life. "With all these words of doom it perhaps seems strange then that this film attempts to celebrate our water planet by sharing some of the wonders that I have seen during the past 12 months or so. I truly hope that I can convey at least a small part of the wonder and amazement that I often feel while under the surface of our water planet. I have very little hope that it will be possible to save our oceans in their current state, but we must try with all our resolve, because if we loose this amazing resource, we may find that our species may also be on a very short path to extinction."
[LESS INFO] 96 VIEWS | ADDED 19:54:27 03/23/09
Danish filmmaker Bent Jørgensen of Chilbal Filmproduktion shares an incredible Greenland fjord ice diving short film on "The Ikka Column Garden" in Greenland's Ikka Fjord. Camera by Bent Jørgensen, editing by Pernille Semler, music by Rasmus Lyberth, Tusaasara. Underwater beneath the ice in the Ikka Fjord located in southwest Greenland can be found tall, fragile columns formed from carbonate minerals and the remarkable Ikait mineral. Recent increases in water temperature in this area threaten the very existence of these rare and wondrous underwater geological structures. To learn more about Chilbal Film Productions please visit the website at www.chilbal.dk
[LESS INFO] 63 VIEWS | ADDED 20:15:33 02/18/09
Edward Snijders of Amsterdam, Netherlands presents two short films, one a fast-paced creative look at underwater images, and the second film a short preview of his award winning beauty, "Eau de Bretagne." This film garnered the prestigious Jury Award at the Antibes, France Festival Mondial de L'Image Sous-Marine. Original musical score by Roy Bemelmans. Edward is a founding organizer and moving force of the North Sea Film Festival for Underwater Movies, and is a tireless proponent of creative underwater short film appreciation. Please see more of his work on his website: www.submarines.nl
[LESS INFO] 111 VIEWS | ADDED 00:56:07 01/19/09
Dr. Stacy Kim is a Benthic Ecologist and diver who studies sea floor creatures in Antarctica waters that are below freezing. Her research team has developed a cool new ROV named SCINI (Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging) for deployment beneath the ice to study depths below where divers can go. In this video, Stacy tells about diving the extreme cold water beneath Antarctic ice, and how SCINI makes possible even greater capabilities to explore and record the sea floor life in polar regions. Video includes wonderful underwater footage by Henry Kaiser of Stacy with SCINI diving beneath the Ross Sea ice near the Antarctic Base, McMurdo Station.
[LESS INFO] 78 VIEWS | ADDED 21:40:25 12/14/08
In this award-winning film by Champ Williams we meet voracious creatures with a taste for sea pens. Extraordinary time lapse imagery and exquisite lighting helped earn this film the Demitri Rebikoff Prize for Technical Excellence at the World Festival of Underwater Images in Antibes, France. Winner of awards and accolades all over the world, this film has been an audience favorite everywhere it has been screened. We hope you enjoy this podcast! To learn more about Champ Williams and his work, please visit his website, www.ChampWilliams.com. Originally from Arkansas, Champ followed his passion for cinematography to Southern California where he soon found his second love, the ocean. He honed his skills in the motion picture & undersea programs of Brooks Institute of Photo-graphy where he graduated in 2006. Champ also concurrently attended the marine biology program of California State University, Northridge. As an instructor, scientific, technical, & professional rescue diver, Champ's diving background is diverse; that diversity includes the use of closed circuit rebreathers and service on the Ventura County Sheriff's Underwater Search & Rescue Team. In 2007, Champ founded Nereus Entertainment LLC, located in Ventura, CA, to develop an alternative source for underwater cinema lighting. Recently receiving his tenth international award, Champ continues to progress his passion for cinema-tography and his love for the sea with unwavering enthusiasm. Champ Williams: for the capture of breathtaking underwater images for clients of all sizes.
[LESS INFO] 47 VIEWS | ADDED 23:09:32 09/30/08
Award-winning filmmaker Leandro Blanco does it again with this hauntingly beautiful masterpiece about the world of life under the sea, and the world above it that holds the power to understand and steward--or neglect and destroy. To learn more about Leandro and his filmmaking, please visit the Filmmakers Page at DiveFilm.com.
[LESS INFO] 58 VIEWS | ADDED 18:28:10 09/14/08
Underwater filmmakers Christian & Diana Fries take us on an ethereal night dive at a collection of reefs in the Egyptian Red Sea known as Abu Dabab. "Abu Dabab at Night" was an Official Selection at the 2008 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. For more information on Christian & Diana, and to see more of their work, please visit their website: BelowTheSurface.de
[LESS INFO] 73 VIEWS | ADDED 18:10:05 07/17/08
Underwater filmmaker Mike Elliott takes us into the weird world of some of the tiniest visible crustaceans, the skeleton shrimp. Featuring some truly amazing footage of these minute critters as they go about their daily lives, meeting, greeting, fighting off larger critters, mating and caring for their even tinier young. Filmmaker Mike Elliott and his wife, underwater photographer Jody Elliott, are based in Monterey, California. Their diving takes them all over the world, and also right in their own waters off the coast of Northern California. Please visit Mike's website: http://muckdiver.com
[LESS INFO] 44 VIEWS | ADDED 21:40:58 06/05/08
A mother humpback whale rests below while her calf ascends to the surface and explores the wonders of this strange new world. She offers her calf encouragement and assurance, but also warns of dangers to come. She recounts how commercial whaling all but wiped out their species and how even now, over 20 years since the ban on commercial whaling, the killing continues. Will her calf be next? Though commercial whaling was banned by the IWC in 1986, over 25,000 whales have been commercially hunted since then. This is an incredibly controversial subject and one which often stalls in political, racial and cultural debates. Whale Wisdom transcends these debates and offers a fresh take on the issue, a mother whales perspective. The political and cultural disagreements are not her concern. Her only worry is that her child and their species have a future in the Oceans. To learn more about this film and other works by award-winning filmmaker Shawn Heinrichs, please visit his website: BlueSphereMedia.com
[LESS INFO] 50 VIEWS | ADDED 02:48:03 05/22/08
Irish filmmaker, songwriter and artist Vincent Hyland has created this beautiful short film as a celebration of the sea life, the dolphins, birds and other creatures, found off the South West coast of Ireland. He calls this first of ten shorts films in the planned series, "In Search of Plenty." With poetry, musical score, filming and editing all by Vincent Hyland, this is a wonderful musical infusion of ocean life. For more information on the work of Vincent Hyland, please visit his website: www.VincentHyland.com
[LESS INFO] 62 VIEWS | ADDED 01:48:33 04/28/08
Underwater filmmaker Simon Spear presents a compelling portrait of the dire plight of Porbeagle Sharks off the coast of Great Britain in this award winning short film from the 2008 OurWorldUnderwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Competition. Featuring rare underwater footage of Porbeagle sharks, "this film documents a ground breaking expedition off of the coast of Cornwall, UK to satellite tag this amazing shark for the first time in the NE Atlantic. In addition to achieving all of the scientific objectives, we also obtained the first ever comprehensive and good quality footage of free swimming Porbeagles." Simon further points out on his website, ViewFromTheBlue.me.uk, that Porbeagle Sharks are close relatives of the Great White Shark. And like so many shark species worldwide, commercial fishing has devastated Porbeagle populations, which are particularly vulnerable to overfishing due to their behavior of aggregating in large numbers in coastal waters. For more information on Simon Spear and his work, and to learn more about the plight of Porbeagle Sharks, please visit Simon's website: ViewFromTheBlue.me.uk For more information on the OurWorldUnderwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Competition, please visit the website: UnderwaterCompetition.com.
[LESS INFO] 51 VIEWS | ADDED 15:08:26 03/30/08
Filmmaker Shawn Heinrichs's award-winning film evokes the thrill and energy of the South African "Sardine Run" in this awarding winning video entry from the 2008 OurWorldUnderwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Competition. "For years I had dreamed about returning to South Africa to experience the Sardine Run. I was born in Durban, South Africa and spent the first six years of my life there before moving to the United States. I have only faint childhood memories of the Sardine Run. It was a time of year when the sky over the beach filled with birds, dolphins broke the surface in the hundreds, when we stayed out of the water for fear of sharks, and when fishermen on the shore hauled in huge nets bursting with glistening silver fish. "Now a seasoned diver and underwater film-maker, I returned to the Sardine Run to relive that excitement, but this time anxious to join the sharks underwater and experience the full energy of the Run. With me were my close buddies Justin Ebert, Mattias Fornander and Nick Jackson. Our leader Drew Wong and boat captain Pkee would do all they could to get us as close as "safely" possible to the action." To read more about Shawn's Sardine Run experience, please visit his website: BlueSphereMedia.com. For more information on the OurWorldUnderwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Competition, please visit the website: UnderwaterCompetition.com.