Scubazoo photographer Jason Isley will host a 10 day photographic trip onboard the luxury liveaboard S/Y Maldives Siren from the 10th – 20th May 2012. Underwater photography will be the focus of the trip with an emphasis on sharing ideas and techniques, having fun, and creating great images. The route will revisit many of the sites dived by Jason during the shooting of Scubazoo’s coffee table book Maldives – The Underwater Kingdom.
To maximise the chances of getting great underwater photos, numbers are limited to 12 divers. Please take a look at Scubazoo’s blog for more information including boat specifications, a trip summary and booking information.
Human Planet: Oceans has been nominated for a BAFTA Television Craft award in the ‘Best Photography for a Factual Program’ category. The BAFTA Television Craft awards recognise behind-the-scenes talent in the television industry and will take place on Sunday 8 May. The four nominees in the factual photography category are:
Pete Hayns/Paul Williams – David Attenborough’s First Life
Will Edwards, Doug Allan, Matt Norman – Human Planet (Arctic)
Gavin Thurston, Robin Cox, Pete Hayns – Human Planet (Jungles)
Simon Enderby, Robin Cox, Richard Wollocombe – Human Planet (Oceans)
Overall, Human Planet was the most nominated show with seven individual nominations. Scubazoo were of course part of the Oceans camera team and were responsible for shooting two underwater sequences for the Oceans episode – a Bajau spear fisherman holding his breath for two and a half minutes and a dangerous mass fishing scene in the Philippines.
Update: Human Planet (Arctic) won the BAFTA for Best Photography for a Factual Programme. Congratulations to Will Edwards, Doug Allan, Matt Norman and the rest of the Arctic team from all of us at Scubazoo.
BBC/Discovery co-production Human Planet has begun airing in the United States. Shortened down to six episodes from its original eight episode format, and narrated by Dirty Jobs presenter Mike Rowe, the first episode Rivers and Oceans was broadcast on April 10th and will be repeated on April 16th. It features a dramatic two and a half minute Bajau freediving sequence which Scubazoo’s Simon Enderby filmed in one continuous shot. For more programme information please visit the Discovery Human Planet webpage.
Watch the preview below:
Blue Whales are the biggest animal ever to have lived on our planet. They can grow up to 33m long, weigh over 180 tonnes and have a heart the size of a car. Their newly born calves are heavier than a full grown elephant and grow at a rate of 90kgs per day. They are the most iconic species in our oceans and Scubazoo have recently been filming and photographing them in Sri Lanka. Read more about the shoot and see photos and videos of blue whales in Scubazoo’s blog.
Bear Grylls was recently in Borneo to shoot back-to-back episodes of his hit series Man vs Wild. In Malaysian Archipelago Bear fights dense jungle, scales towering escarpments, struggles to find freshwater and traps a wild boar. In Borneo Jungle Grylls descends drenched cliffs, battles snakes and becomes dinner for leeches. Man vs Wild production company Diverse Television chose Scubazoo to handle location management for both shoots and to film Bear freediving to hunt for a lobster underwater. Man vs Wild is Discovery’s second most popular show, reaching over 1.2 billion homes around the world. Watch a selection of clips from both episodes below:
Humans are the only animals that have managed to adapt to life in every habitat on Earth. From oceans to jungles, the poles to the deserts, Human Planet explores man’s incredible ability to survive in the most extreme environments.
Three years in the making, the series travels to the far-flung corners of the globe – the team visited more than 70 filming locations – to bring the most diverse, original and, in some cases, never-before-seen stories of human endeavour to BBC One.
Scubazoo provided location management services and underwater filming for Human Planet – Oceans: Into the Blue which was broadcast on BBC1 HD at 8pm on Thursday 13th January. The programme pulled in over six million viewers Read more about the episode and shoot here.
Martin Clunes seeks to fulfil a burning ambition to swim with one of the sea’s most enormous and enigmatic creatures in ITV1’s new documentary Man to Manta which UK viewers can watch on ITV1 at 9pm on Thursday 6th January.
“There’s just one creature in the ocean which I’ve always truly wanted to see. The mysterious, magical and elusive manta ray,” Martin explains. “I’ve been told that hundreds of manta rays gather to feed in a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, and I was desperate to be there to experience it.”
Man to Manta takes the viewer on a journey around the world from Ecuador to Sri Lanka, Atlanta to the Maldives as Martin learns about these enigmatic ocean dwellers and finally realises his dream to swim with one in the wild.
Maldives underwater footage was shot by Scubazoo underwater cameraman Roger Munns.
Scubazoo are sponsoring this years Wildscreen wildlife and environmental Film Festival held in Bristol from Oct 10-14th.Several productions which are up for coveted ‘panda awards’ have involved Scubazoo’s underwater filming expertise and stock footage, including The End of the Line – nominated for Natural History Museum Environment Award and the Theatrical Award, Inside Nature’s Giants – up for best series , and Deadly 60: South Africa which is shortlisted in the UWE Children’s Choice Award category. Scubazoo will be represented by Simon Christopher at the festival. Please contact him if you’d like to meet up.
UPDATE: The End of the Line scooped the Theatrical award at Wildscreen 2010. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production. LIFE also won the Jury’s special prize. For the full list of prize winners please click here
Congratulations from everyone at Scubazoo to the LIFE camera team for their recent Emmy award for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.Read More
Doug Allan was in Los Angeles to collect the award on behalf of the team. Scubazoo were involved in the filming of LIFE and would like to say congratulations to every one of the 70 plus cameramen involved in the shooting of this epic production. Read more about the Humpback Heat Run sequence filmed Scubazoo filmed for LIFE.