‘Natural Wonders – Mountain Rainforest and Reef’ book launch

Scubazoo are very pleased to announce the official launch of our latest publication Natural Wonders – Mountain, Rainforest and Reef - photographed by Scubazoo’s Jason Isley, Gil Woolley, and Christian Loader. This wonderful coffee table book, written by renowned author Wendy Hutton, showcases nature’s splendour at eight luxury YTL resorts in stunning locations throughout Southeast Asia, from mountain peaks and lush rainforests, to tropical islands and pristine coral reefs. While best known for our underwater imagery, Scubazoo’s topside photography reached new heights while shooting this book over the last 12 months.

The book was officially launched on Saturday 26th October at Tavajun Bay in YTL Hotels beautiful Gaya Island Resort here in Sabah, Malaysia, and coincided with the opening of the resort’s new Marine Centre. The event was emceed by YTL Hotel’s Director of Public Relations, Tracy Khee – who coordinated all of our trips for this book. After a warm welcome to all of the guests, speeches were given by Dato’ Mark Yeoh, Executive Director of YTL Hotels, followed by guest of honour Datuk Masidi Manjun, Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Environment. After a closing speech by Jason Isley, Managing Director of Scubazoo, the ribbon was cut and Natural Wonders was officially launched. Guests were then treated to a sumptuous feast of delicious Sabahan dishes, on the beach under moonlit palm trees, while being entertained with traditional local dances. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all, and we would like to give special thanks to YTL Hotels, and the staff of Gaya Island Resort for their hospitality. Natural Wonders – Mountain, Rainforest and Reef (ISBN 978-967-10528-1-5) is distributed by APD Singapore, retails at MYR145/SGD56 and is available to buy at YTL’s hotels and resorts and bookshops throughout Southeast Asia. For a preview and more information on where to buy the book click here. For more photos from the launch please scroll down….

Commercial shoot for Tribord in Bali on Red Epic wins awards

Commercial shoot ‘Back to Water’ shot for international surf brand Tribord has claimed two prizes during the summer awards season. Directed by Chris Hewitt and featuring the camera work of Scubazoo’s Simon Enderby the short film, shot on location in Bali, won a Bronze Lion in the ‘Film Craft’ category at Cannes and a Silver for cinematography at the Clio awards.

Scubazoo’s Simon Enderby shot with the RED Epic camera using a Gates Deep Red housing.

The Gates Deep Red housing was set up using ultra prime lenses with very shallow depth-of-field.  High speed shooting was the order of the day and the Red Epic was put through its paces in the Lombok strait filming models surfing, paddling and jumping off cliffs at frame rates up to 300fps both underwater and at the surface.

Take a look at our RED Epic underwater housing equipment hire page for more details on our RED hire packages.

4K underwater stock footage shot on Red Epic available for licensing

Scubazoo are happy to announce that we now have 4K underwater footage available for licensing in our stock footage library.

4K or Ultra HD footage is captured at 3840 x 2160 pixels, far higher resolution than standard HD (1920 x 1080) giving freedom to crop footage and even take high resolution still images from individual frames. The footage was shot at Sipadan using the Red Epic inside a Gates Deep Red underwater housing. Contact cara@scubazoo.com for licensing details and take a look at some samples below.  Select ‘original resolution’ for the highest quality.

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Ocean Park Aquarium Educational videos

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In April 2013 Scubazoo finished production of five individual short films for our client Ocean Park Aquarium, Hong Kong. Edited in-house by Scubazoo using stock footage from our extensive footage library these videos were made to excite, inspire and educate. Watch all five in the embedded playlist above or visit our YouTube Channel.

For corporate production or stock footage enquiries please contact us.

Scubazoo Footage featured in UK Anti-Shark-Finning Campaign

Scubazoo’s stock footage was recently used in ‘Fin – Help End the Horror‘ a hard-hitting advertising campaign by Bite-Back, an energetic, innovative and pioneering shark and marine conservation charity based in the UK. Launched on Halloween 2012 the advert aims to draw attention to the horrific practice of mutilating live sharks for their fins which are highly prized as ingredients in Shark Fin Soup. Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “Maybe this is the scariest thing anyone will see this Halloween but, the world needs to be aware of this atrocity to the underwater world.”

Watch the video below and then share it with as many people as possible!

Canon EOS C300 now available for hire

Scubazoo are pleased to announce that we now have Canon’s EOS C300 EF mount camera available for hire in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Featuring a Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 provides outstanding High Definition cinema-quality movie capture at a standard accepted by BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and most HD channels worldwide.

We have a range of lenses, storage media, batteries and other accessories available for hire on request.

For further details, pricing and availability please contact us.

Human Planet wins an Emmy!

Human Planet has won an Emmy for cinematography. Congratulations to the entire team, especially our very own Simon Enderby! Simon filmed both the Bajau freediving sequence in Sabah and the Pa-aling fishing story in the Philippines. Scubazoo location-managed the Bajau shoot.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Scubazoo joins the Planet Water team

Scubazoo, as part of the Planet Water team is embarking on a 3-part TV series which will document water’s cycles, the myriad of creatures that live in it and the battles being fought for its future, all in stunning High Definition.

The series will be informative and entertaining – part celebration of the beauty of what can be seen beneath the surface and part call-to-arms, that unless we stop the plundering of the seas, our own future could be in doubt.

Using specially shot presenter-led sequences and exclusive HD footage from the BBC’s Natural History Unit and Scubazoo’s own stock footage library, this series will include astonishing clips and “never seen before” footage from award winning series such as Planet Earth and Blue Planet, showing the entire water story in 3 x 1hr Prime Time episodes – one programme on the science and story of water, one of its incredible wildlife and one on Man’s relationship with water.

RED EPIC underwater housing available for hire

We’re pleased to announce that Scubazoo can now offer the Gates DEEP EPIC underwater housing for hire for your broadcast production, TV commercial, theatrical or corporate production. Designed to fit both the RED EPIC and RED SCARLET cameras this versatile rig is absolutely the best underwater housing for RED EPIC on the market. Please read our RED EPIC underwater housing hire blog for more details.

Scubazoo win Best Cinematography at Asian Television Awards

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.