Publications – DK Super Shark Encyclopedia

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.

Super Shark Encyclopedia is available online from DK, Amazon and other retailers for an rrp of $24.99 – please check it out!

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.

Equipment Hire – Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera available for hire

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.

Underwater Filming – Kilroy Travel Commercial in Bali


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.

Client: Kadaver
Equipment: Red Dragon in Gates ‘Deep Dragon’ underwater housing 

If you’d like to hire equipment or a camera operator for your production please contact us

Location Management & Filming – Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature



As the UK’s number one children’s natural history show Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature plays an important part in wildlife education and awareness across the British Isles. In spring 2015 the NNON crew visited Sabah to shoot for the third season of this well-established series. Scubazoo were appointed as local fixers and underwater camera operators for the shoot which visited various wildlife hotspots around the state.

Scubazoo’s tried-and-tested working relationships with the Sabah Wildlife Department, Borneo Sunbear Conservation Centre, Danau Girang Field Centre and Sabah Parks authority ensured presenter Naomi Wilkinson was able to get up close and personal with a spectacular array of weird and wonderful wildlife, much of it endemic to Borneo. Scubazoo senior cameraman Simon Enderby was on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly and also filmed presenter Naomi Wilkinson on the underwater part of her adventure. The Malaysia episodes are airing this coming October 2015. We’ll update the post with more details when we have them.



Location Management – ‘Sept a Huit’ Bajau programme for TF1 France

Over the past 15 years Scubazoo has worked closely with and established strong relationships with several Bajau Laut, or Sama Dilaut (sea gypsies), families and communities along Sabah’s East coast. This has allowed us us to film and fix for landmark series such as BBC’s Human Planet and also continue to raise the global awareness of their fragile existence by location managing and filming for well respected primetime documentaries such as France’s leading Sept a Huit TV series.

In March of 2015 Scubazoo Senior Cameraman Simon Enderby guided one of France’s top cameraman/directors, Aurelien Chapalain, around Sabah’s East coast islands introducing him to several Sama Dilaut families and fishermen. By documenting their modern-day life Aurelien aims to dispel some of the overly romanticised views the western world may have of their seemingly exotic lives and show how this stateless community narrowly survives on the edge of existence.

Please contact us if you are interested in filming with the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsy) tribes in Sabah

Location Management – Lost Worlds with Monty Halls and Leo Houlding

Scubazoo acted as fixers in Malaysia for Discovery Channels new series Lost Worlds presented by Explorer Monty Halls and survival expert and climber Leo Houlding. Visiting Sarawak, Borneo for episodes 3 and 4 of the series Leo and Monty encounter huge cliffs and deep caves on their mission to survey wildlife in remote locations. Visit the series website or read the full series description from Discovery below:

Using the latest modern technology and extreme climbing techniques, our crack daredevil team are embarking on a mission to unlock some of the Earth’s last secrets. In Lost Worlds, natural historian and adventurer Monty Halls teams up with explorer, survival expert and pioneering climber Leo Houlding. Leo’s extreme climbing experience coupled with Monty’s incredible adventurer skills and scientific knowledge make them the perfect team to reach these dramatic areas and document these natural wonders.

Ex-royal marine-turned-biologist Monty Halls and world-class climber Leo Houlding embark on daredevil adventures in lost landscapes, documenting these natural wonders.

Contact us for location management services in Borneo

Production – PADI videos for online campaign


Scubazoo have produced four videos for PADI, the worlds leading diver certification organisation with over 23 million divers qualified in the past 40 years. The remit was to produce some short films which would inspire Chinese and mandarin speaking people to get in the water and explore the underwater world. Working out of Four Seasons hotels in the Maldives ,and featuring professional surfers Monica Qie and Darcy Liu, our team delivered some beautiful, fun and inspiring videos for PADI’s online campaign. Contact us for corporate video production.

Camera – Roger Munns, Chris Tan
Assistant Producer – Ollie Deppert
Director – Mark Strickson
Editor – Damian Antochewitz

Location Management – David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies

In March-April 2014 Scubazoo welcomed Sir David Attenborough and Atlantic Productions to Sabah, Borneo to film their latest SKY 3D show – Conquest of the Skies. As fixers Scubazoo were responsible for permits, permissions, bookings and logistics for the complex and intensive shoot which included three film units and over 50 international and local crew. Conquest of the skies was released on New Years day 2015 on Sky 3D and Sky 1 HD and is being repeated regularly on both channels. We’d like to thank Sabah Tourism, Sabah Forestry, Glenn Reynolds, Eric Thien, Cede Prudente, Ch’ien Lee, Simon Amos and everyone involved for helping to make this shoot such a success.
Take a look at some of Jason Isley’s production photos on Sky’s First Look page.

Read the press release from Sky below:

David Attenborough’s Conquest Of The Skies, the latest landmark series from David Attenborough will arrive on Sky 1 HD and Sky 3D this New Years Day, telling the story of nature’s greatest aeronauts and the intricate engineering that has allowed them to conquer the skies.

From the double BAFTA® award-winning team behind Natural History Museum Alive and Flying Monsters, Conquest Of The Skies will reveal the dazzling world of flight as never before. David analyses gliding reptiles, parachuting mammals, acrobatic insects and the exquisite and intricate aerial world of birds on location at a number of locations all over the world including China, Rome, Scotland, Ecuador and Borneo.

Britain’s best-loved broadcaster will explore this dazzling world, combining new macroscopic and high-speed filming techniques to tell the evolutionary story of flight from the very first insects to the incredible array of creatures which rule the skies today.

Underwater Filming – David Attenborough’s Life Story

Four years in the making, the BBC’s new natural history blockbuster ‘Life Story’ is being aired this Autumn on BBC1. Shot in UltraHD (4K) the six part series tells amazing stories of animals’ quest to continue their bloodlines often against huge odds. The first episode goes out on Thursday 23rd October at 2100 on BBC1 with the final episode airing on Thursday 27th November. Scubazoo underwater cameraman Roger Munns filmed a mating turtle sequence for episode five – Courtship. UK viewers can watch that episode on iPlayer here. Watch the series trailer below.

Publications – ‘The Green Heart of Sabah’ book launch

Scubazoo are proud to announce the official launch of our coffee table book The Green Heart of Sabah. The launch took place at Padang Merdeka in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday 9th November as part of the Sabah Foresty Department’s ‘Centennial Celebration’ – commemorating their 100 year anniversary.

On the night, Datuk Sam Mannan, Director of Sabah Foresty Department, treated all guests to a very warm welcome, including VIPs Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, Chief Minister of Sabah. Following a welcome speech by Datuk Sam Mannan, and a ‘Centennial Celebration’ launching speech by Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, VIPs, invited guests, and members of the public were then entertained with a centennial special video presentation, and the dazzling ‘Centennial Parade’ by the Sabah Foresty Department, featuring marches, music, and dances. This was then followed by the official launching of The Green Heart of Sabah, as Jason Isley presented our new publication on stage to Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, Datuk Sam Mannan, and Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.

The Green Heart of Sabah is a journey into the richest terrestrial habitats on our planet – the tropical rainforests that cloak Sabah’s interior. Covering the conservation areas that form the core of Sabah’s ‘Green Heart’ – Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon and Gunung Silam, the book explores the different types of forest found within these remarkable landscapes, the many plant and animal species that call them home and the complex ecosystems that have evolved here over millions of years. Today, these conservation areas are vital refuges for rare and endangered species such as Bornean Orangutans, Sumatran Rhinos and Bornean Pygmy Elephants, and provide vital ecosystem-related services to the people of Sabah.

The Green Heart of Sabah took Scubazoo’s photographers away from their usual environment of the underwater world deep into the beautiful, but harsh, rainforest. A total of 127 days of shooting were needed to capture the stunning images, however the really hard work was accomplished back in our office as we only had a total of four months to complete the book in time for Sabah Forestry Department’s ‘Centennial Celebration’. Even with the limited time available I truly believe this is the best book our team have published so far.”
– Jason Isley (Scubazoo Managing Director & Head of Publications)

Green Heart of Sabah was written by Matt Oldfield. Photographs by Jason Isley, Ch’ien Lee, Christian Loader, Matt Oldfield, Gil Woolley, with additional photography by Bob Hartley, Simon Enderby and Roger Munns. A big thanks to the rangers, field guides and support staff at each of the locations without whose hard work and field knowledge, making this book would have been impossible.

The Green Heart of Sabah (ISBN 97896710528-3-9) is available to purchase here for RM195 (US$60).