Productions – The Clean Cross Swim

In May of 2014, the Scubazoo team went to Hong Kong, to shoot a short documentary called The Clean Cross Swim: Hong Kong to Macau. The film follows Simon Holliday as he attempts an open ocean swim from Hong Kong to Macau through the Pearl River Delta. The swim was to raise awareness for the ocean, and raise funds for Ocean Recovery Alliance’s Grate Art Project, which will put ‘street art for awareness’ on city streets near storm drains. These small ceramic artistic plaques will have a reminder message of not to dump into the drains, as they drain to the ocean.

Scubazoo’s film crew joined Simon, Shu Pu, Doug Woodring, and the rest of the team for 3 days to film the before, during and after of Simon making this challenging swim. The team faced many obstacles, such as boat breakdowns, ripping currents and filming in the shadow of huge cargo ships. Amongst the challenges were bright spots though. The entire Clean Cross team was blessed with having up to 30 Chinese white dolphins join Simon’s swim for over an hour. After all the hard work from both Simon and the crew, they not only made it to Macau but set a new record of 10hrs 20 minutes and 30seconds, smashing the previous record by over 20 minutes. Congratulations from Scubazoo to the entire team for a massive effort and a fantastic result. Watch the teaser above and stay tuned to find out when the full film will be released.

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Thanks to Lifeproof for their great support in this event!

Stock Footage Sales – Footage licensed for Malaysia Tourism Campaign

Scubazoo’s underwater stock footage has been licensed for Tourism Malaysia’s new ‘Visit Malaysia 2014′ campaign. The two shots were both taken at the world famous pulau Sipadan and feature a green turtle swimming in a school of big-eye trevally and a diver taking photos. Scubazoo are always proud to be involved in spreading the word about the amazing diving in our home here in Sabah, Malaysia. To license footage from scubazoo please contact Cara@scubazoo.com.

Publications – ‘Sensational Seas of Sabah’ book launch

Scubazoo are excited to announce the official launch of our latest publication Sensational Seas of Sabah – written and photographed by Jason Isley, Gil Woolley, and Christian Loader. This breathtaking coffee table book takes you on a voyage across the Sulu, Celebes, and South China seas to the region’s top scuba diving locations, showcasing the incredibly diverse marine ecosystems that Sabah has to offer with stunning underwater images.
Scubazoo’s photographers have been shooting extensively around the entire coast of Sabah over the last 18 months, taking in the well-known dive sites of Layang Layang, Pulau Mabul, and Pulau Sipadan, but also exploring underwater in exciting new areas such as the Ligitan Reef, Semporna Straits, or the vast Tun Mustapha Marine Park. The team were delighted with an abundance of rich, biodiverse reefs and sightings of rare critters in places where few have ever dived before.

The book was officially launched on Monday 20th January at The Star Marina in the luxurious Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Guests were treated to welcome refreshments, while many leafed through the copies of Sensational Seas of Sabah on display. Among the guests were many of the book’s sponsors, local dive centre and resort owners, and special guest YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board. After a welcome speech by emcee Andrew Lee Scubazoo’s Managing Director Jason Isley spoke of the highlights of Sabah’s marine life and dive locations visited while shooting for this book. He also gave thanks to the book’s many sponsors, and praised the hard work of all of the Scubazoo team involved in the project. SPeeches were brought to a close by the special guest of honour YB Datuk Masidi Manjun, Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Environment, who congratulated Scubazoo’s efforts over many years in bringing Sabah’s wonderful marine biodiversity to the attention of the world, and spoke emotionally about the necessity of protecting and conserving Malaysia’s marine ecosystems.

Guests enjoying refreshments at The Star Marina,
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.
Guests gather for speeches by YB Datuk Masidi Manjun and
Jason Isley, and the official book launch.

 

After the speeches, guest of honour YB Datuk Masidi Manjun and Jason Isley cut the ribbon, and Sensational Seas of Sabah was officially launched. Datuk Masidi Manjun was then presented with a framed print by Christian Loader of a stunning split-level image of the beautiful Tun Sakaran Marine Park, and the authors signed copies of the book for guests while they enjoyed drinks and refreshments.

All of us at Scubazoo are very proud to see Sensational Seas of Sabah finally published, and the launch was a wonderful ending to this remarkable project. Special thanks goes to Craig Powell, General Manager of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, and all of his staff.

Sensational Seas of Sabah (ISBN: 978-967-10528-2-2) is distributed by APD Singapore, and retails at MYR195/USD60. For a preview of the book, and more information on how to purchase a copy online, please click here.

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Awards – Malaysia From Below wins at the 2013 Asian Television Awards

 

Malaysia From Below, produced by National Geographic Channel Asia in association with Scubazoo, won ‘Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme’ at the 2013 Asian Television Awards. The winners were announced at a Gala Dinner at Sentosa Resort in Singapore on Thursday 5th December.

Filmed in stunning locations around Malaysia including the islands of Tioman, Layang Layang, Lankayan, Mabul and Sipadan, Malaysia from Below showcases the best diving Malaysia has to offer. Presented by naturalist Nick Baker the show also includes an appearance from Jacques Cousteau’s Granddaughter Alexandra Cousteau. The programme also picked up a ‘highly commended’ in the ‘Best Cinematography’ category for cameramen Roger Munns and Hitesh Makan. Scubazoo would like to thank everyone involved in helping to make this programme such a success. A full list of nominations can be seen here.

‘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.