‘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. 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:

Filming and Photographing Blue Whales

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 in Borneo

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:

Human Planet: Oceans – Into the Blue

Humans are the only animals that have managed to adapt to life in every habitat on Earth. From oceans to jungles, the poles to the deserts, Human Planet explores man’s incredible ability to survive in the most extreme environments.

Three years in the making, the series travels to the far-flung corners of the globe – the team visited more than 70 filming locations – to bring the most diverse, original and, in some cases, never-before-seen stories of human endeavour to BBC One.

Scubazoo provided location management services and underwater filming for Human Planet – Oceans: Into the Blue which was broadcast on BBC1 HD at 8pm on Thursday 13th January. The programme pulled in over six million viewers Read more about the episode and shoot here.

The series is narrated by John Hurt and features original music by world-renowned composer Nitin Sawhney.

Martin Clunes – Man to Manta on ITV1

Martin Clunes seeks to fulfil a burning ambition to swim with one of the sea’s most enormous and enigmatic creatures in ITV1’s new documentary Man to Manta which UK viewers can watch on ITV1 at 9pm on Thursday 6th January.

“There’s just one creature in the ocean which I’ve always truly wanted to see. The mysterious, magical and elusive manta ray,” Martin explains. “I’ve been told that hundreds of manta rays gather to feed in a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, and I was desperate to be there to experience it.”

Man to Manta takes the viewer on a journey around the world from Ecuador to Sri Lanka, Atlanta to the Maldives as Martin learns about these enigmatic ocean dwellers and finally realises his dream to swim with one in the wild.

Maldives underwater footage was shot by Scubazoo underwater cameraman Roger Munns.

Ashes and Snow in Sabah

Gregory Colbert and his ‘Ashes and Snow’ team were recently in Sabah to film and photograph at Sipadan. Scubazoo were local fixers for the project which has been seen by over 10 million people worldwide at the Nomadic Museum.

Read more about the shoot in Scubazoo’s blog

Wildscreen Film Festival 2010

Scubazoo are sponsoring this years Wildscreen wildlife and environmental Film Festival held in Bristol from Oct 10-14th.Several productions which are up for coveted ‘panda awards’ have involved Scubazoo’s underwater filming expertise and stock footage, including The End of the Line – nominated for Natural History Museum Environment Award and the Theatrical Award, Inside Nature’s Giants – up for best series , and Deadly 60: South Africa which is shortlisted in the UWE Children’s Choice Award category. Scubazoo will be represented by Simon Christopher at the festival. Please contact him if you’d like to meet up.

UPDATE: The End of the Line scooped the Theatrical award at Wildscreen 2010. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production. LIFE also won the Jury’s special prize. For the full list of prize winners please click here

‘LIFE’ wins Outstanding Cinematography Emmy

Congratulations from everyone at Scubazoo to the LIFE camera team for their recent Emmy award for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.

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Doug Allan was in Los Angeles to collect the award on behalf of the team. Scubazoo were involved in the filming of LIFE and would like to say congratulations to every one of the 70 plus cameramen involved in the shooting of this epic production. Read more about the Humpback Heat Run sequence filmed Scubazoo filmed for LIFE.

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Science Faction

Scubazoo are proud to now be working with the global leader in rights-managed science and technology imagery, Science Faction. Representing a selection of Scubazoo’s photos through their picture library, Science Faction will make the images available to their broad client base and network of distributors around the world.

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Clients can download images 24/7 from their newly designed web-site. Opening up a new audience for Scubazoo images in the United States and the rest of the world, make sure to keep a look out for Scubazoo’s images in many new publications.

As well as Science Faction, Scubazoo are represented by several other internationally renowned stock photo libraries and will also continue to supply clients directly. Please visit Scubazoo’s photo and video library for the widest selection of Scubazoo images, and our newest material.

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ITV – The parent trip

Brand new to ITV2, The Parent Trip follows three celebrities as they each journey into the unknown with the people who know them best – their mums and dads. Scubazoo acted as local fixers and location managers for the Borneo episode, which features British actor Will Mellor, and his father Bill.

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Will and Bill travel to Borneo to meet the challenge of living with the Murut tribal people and to see if they can cope with their traditional, demanding way of life. A huge animal lover, Will visits orangutans at a nature reserve. There he fulfils one of his life long dreams when he is allowed to handle and help care for the endangered species. As one of only four places in the world where indigenous orangutans are found, the species is an important part of Borneo’s heritage.

Then, travelling through mountains and jungle, the Mellors arrive at the Murut settlement. Being a more sensitive type, Will finds the Murut lifestyle harder to acclimatise to than his father who is more of a man’s man. They embark on a hunting excursion, tracking wild boar with the aid of dogs, machetes, spears and blow pipes.

Will and Bill also brush up on their survival skills, taking on the responsibility of fishing for the group’s dinner, and building shelters to sleep in by night. The programme aired on ITV2 at 2100, on Thursday 15th April. If you missed the episode you can watch Will and Bill enjoying some murut cuisine below!

Check out the ITV website for more details

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