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.

Maldives – The Underwater Kingdom is available for purchase

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 Scoops Two Children’s BAFTA Awards

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.




LIFE and Human Planet scoop awards at Jackson Hole

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. (more…)

Inside Nature’s Giants – Borneo Rainforest Special

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.


Maldives Photography Trip with Scubazoo’s Jason Isley

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.

BAFTA Television Craft nomination for ‘Human Planet: Oceans’

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 WilliamsDavid Attenborough’s First Life
Will Edwards, Doug Allan, Matt NormanHuman Planet (Arctic)
Gavin Thurston, Robin Cox, Pete HaynsHuman Planet (Jungles)
Simon Enderby, Robin Cox, Richard WollocombeHuman 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.

‘Human Planet – Rivers and Oceans’ airs in US

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. (more…)