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…)

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. (more…)

‘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.