Over the last year, and more than 160 filming days, Scubazoo has been working with their coproduction partners, Wild Bear Entertainment, to produce two 3 part series on Sabah’s mighty Kinabatangan river. One series, for ZDF, is based around the indigenous tribes that live there and the people that are striving to protect it. The other, a blue-chip series for National Geographic, beautifully captures the wildlife that makes it’s home along its banks, from source to sea. The people based series ‘Amazon of the East’ will be out this summer in Europe, followed later in the year by the natural history version on National Geographic. Watch this space for screening times over the course of the next few months.
Scubazoo’s Senior homegrown Malaysian cameraman Chris Tan is fresh back from Sabah’s beautiful Islands of Sipadan, Mabul and Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Chris was not only in charge of all the underwater filming but was also lead presenter for this shoot. Chris teamed up with Sabah Parks Marine Biologist Elvin Micheal Bavoh to explore endangered species such as sharks, giant claims, rays and Napoleon wrasse. Incidently Chris and the same RTM crew previously won the best Malaysian documentary award last year and so we are expecting even greater things from this next show. This new documentary will be aired soon so watch this space for updates on screening times.
Once again senior SZ cameraman Simon Enderby teamed up with one of the UK’s top wildlife presenters Steve Backshall on his latest TV series – Fierce. A new 6 part series began screening last night on ITV at 8pm with Steve and Simon exploring the waters around Komodo. Simon introduces Steve to one of his personal underwater favourites the Flamboyant cuttlefish.
Scubazoo wrapped up 2015 fixing and filming for the fantastic crew from Off the Fence who were capturing the final shots for their Wildest Island project. From flying frogs to Borneo Gibbons, sunbears to forest crabs, sea snakes to monitor lizards ,to name a few, the crew got it all. With SZ’s experienced and professional ground handlers and guides the film crew were able to quickly and efficiently work through their target list. SZ senior underwater cameraman Simon Enderby joined them at their final location to film complimentary underwater sequences of swimming and hunting seas snakes and monitor lizards under perfect conditions.
October saw Scubazoo senior cameraman Simon Enderby and filming assistant Gil Woolley filming “dead bodies” in the Pinewood Malaysia’s deep water tank for a gruesome series 2 sequence for Netflix’s blockbuster TV series - Marco Polo
Over a day of filming the SZ team worked tirelessly with the Marco Polo film crew, cast stunt coordinators and arts department to ensure the final underwater images matched the Directors vision.
Borneo From Below is a series devoted entirely to Borneo’s beautiful marine environment. Each weekly online episode will showcase the region’s incredible underwater inhabitants. Presented by Aaron Gekoski, Borneo From Below will also investigate environmental issues such as shark finning, fish bombing and the trade in endangered wildlife. Each short, fun, inspiring and informative episode will also feature photographic tips and techniques. For more videos, photos and articles please visit the Borneo From Below homepage, connect on Facebook, or watch on YouTube
Watch the playlist below for all the episodes and discover the rumble beneath the jungle!
In July 2015 Scubazoo senior cameraman Simon Enderby had the pleasure of working with TV presenter Steve Backshall once again. A veteran of several shoots on Steve’s wildly successful shows Deadly 60 and Pole to Pole this expedition saw Simon diving with Steve off the wild coast of Monterey Bay, California. This immensely productive bay came up with some amazing encounters, including; baitballs of krill, mackerel held under-siege by Californian sealions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dalls porpoise, common dolphins, hunting harbour seals, immense schools of market squid as well as flocks of shearwaters, pelicans and albatross. Even basking Mola mola, humpback, minke, and blue whales turned up to get on camera meaning Steve and Simon were kept very busy indeed. An incredible introduction to Monterey’s underwater world which will be fully unveiled in August’s Big Blue Live.
Scubazoo have shot and supplied a large selection of images for Dorling Kindersley’s new Super Shark Encyclopedia. It’s always a pleasure to work closely with DK, the company who published our first widely available book – Reef - which went on to sell 200,000 copies worldwide. The Super Shark Encyclopedia features beautiful images and interesting facts about sharks and other ocean creatures. We’re proud to have been involved in such a fun and educational project.
From DK: Super Shark Encyclopedia uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of 80 sharks and other sea creatures — from Barrel Shrimp to Blue Sharks, Starfish to Bat Fish, and Hammerhead Sharks to Sandtiger Sharks, plus surfing penguins, deep-sea monsters, rays, eels and more. Packed with jaw-dropping facts about animal behavior and anatomy, new x-ray artworks utilize cross-sections and strip layers away to show key anatomical features in detail. It showcases record-breaking animals, such as the deadliest predators and the most venomous creatures, and explains how and why their bodies work the way they do. With its combination of spectacular photography and clear yet authoritative text, Super Shark Encyclopedia is the ultimate visual guide to the oceans’ most incredible stories.
Scubazoo are pleased to announce the addition of two new Sony PXW-FS7 Super 35 Cine cameras to our rental inventory. The Sony PXW-FS7 is a versatile, high-spec camera capable of shooting in various formats including HD, Ultra HD and 4K at speeds of up to 180fps. Featuring S-log recording and up to 14 stops of dynamic range the FS7 accepts a range of lenses including Nikon mount, EF mount and PL mount with the correct adapters. Our two Sony FS7 cameras are ready to hire and can be packaged with Zacuto shoulder rigs, metabones adapters, lenses, lighting and more. Please email us for rates and more information. Our film and television hire equipment is based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Read the official Sony description of the PXW-FS7 below:
PXW-FS7 XDCAM camera has an ergonomic grip design for easy handling and operability, making it ideal for one-man operation in situations where the extraordinary flexibility of its α Mount lens system and compatible interchangeable lenses can be used to maximum advantage. The PXW-FS7 features a 4K Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor and support for shooting in 60p or Full HD at high frame rates up to 180 fps (frames per second). Selectable recording formats include XAVC, which supports 4K* 60p, Full HD 60p even in 4:2:2 10-bit recording, as well as the common MPEG-2 HD 422 format used by many broadcast stations around the world.
Following the success of Scubazoo’s underwater filming for the award-winning commercial ‘Back to Water’ for Tribord (Client: Fred & Farid Paris) Scubazoo senior cameraman Simon Enderby returned to Bali to shoot another range of 4K (ultra-HD) underwater shots for Danish advertising agency Kadaver. The client on this occasion was Kilroy Travel Group who commissioned Kadaver to produce their latest cinema commercial series entitle “Explore Life”. Take a look at the video above.
Equipment: Red Dragon in Gates ‘Deep Dragon’ underwater housing
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