Chris Tan and Jason Isley were recognised for their work on Passage to Malaysia: Pulau Paradise with a win in the ‘Best Cinematography’ category at the annual Asian Television Awards in Singapore. Scubazoo’s two shooters claimed the award alongside topside cameraman Syukrie Hassan. The Passage to Malaysia: Pulau Paradise team also came home with a highly commended in the ‘Best Lifestyle Programme’ category and a win in the ‘Best Entertainment Presenter’ category for host Denise Keller. Congratulations to David Moggie, Denise and the team from everyone here at Scubazoo. The full list of winners can be seen here.
Scubazoo’s hotly anticipated coffee table book Maldives – The Underwater Kingdom is now available for purchase. You can order straight from our page here.
Deadly 60, the BBC’s leading children’s wildlife programme, has won two 2011 British Academy Children’s Awards. Winners were announced at the ceremony on Sunday 27 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane. After being nominated for the Humboldt squid program from series 2, which senior cameraman Simon Enderby filmed with D60 team in Mexico, the overall series won best factual program whilst Steve Backshall took home the gong for best presenter for his work on the show. Scubazoo have been working with Steve since his days on the Really Wild Show and more recently with the Deadly 60 series. Simon has filmed with Steve from the very first series and is soon to head back to Mexico with the Deadly 60 team for series 3.
Big congratulations to the whole Deadly 60 team from everyone here at Scubazoo.
A full list of winners can be seen at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts website.
Since 1991, JHWFF has produced a unique biennial industry conference that draws 650 media professionals, writers, leading scientists and conservationists to Jackson Hole. Internationally recognized as the premier event of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled industry gathering. Its film competition—a nature film equivalent to the Oscars®—honors top films selected from over 800 category entries.
This year Human Planet and Life made headlines with several award wins at Jackson Hole:
Best Animal Behavior Program (sponsored by NHK Japanese Broadcasting)
LIFE: REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
Best People & Nature Program (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy)
HUMAN PLANET–RIVERS: FRIEND AND FOE
Best Limited Series (sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios)
Best Cinematography (sponsored by FujiFilm Optical Devices)
LIFE: CHALLENGES OF LIFE
Congratulations to all the award winners from everyone at Scubazoo
During August Scubazoo’s location management team, led by Scubazoo Operations Director Simon Enderby, set up and managed logistics for the production of Inside Nature’s Giants – Borneo Rainforest Special. The one-off special was filmed in Sabah, East Malaysia by Windfall Films – a leading UK production house with an international reputation as a producer of innovative, award-winning television. The BAFTA award winning Inside Nature’s Giants series follows the investigations of lead presenter Mark Evans as he looks into the deaths and anatomy of the worlds largest creatures, with assistance from experts such as comparitive anatomist Professor Joy Reidenberg and biologist Simon Watt.
In this latest special the ING team investigate what makes a tropical rainforest work, and take an inside-out look at the inhabitants of this towering, leafy ecosystem. Based in their jungle camp for over two weeks they even scale some of the world’s tallest trees, to uncover some of the planet’s tiniest creatures, and bring their secrets to light on a massive scale. Watch out for Inside Nature’s Giants Borneo Rainforest Special when it airs on the UK’s Channel 4 in late 2011.
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: