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Oceans Below's Pom Pom Adventure 2014
Written by Elisabeth   
Saturday, 08 November 2014 16:32
Once again, Oceans Below moved offices for 6 weeks to the beautiful island of Pom Pom in Sabah, Borneo for some great diving. Brad and Lissie were the first students to rock up and take on our 5-day BSAC Underwater Videography course. For this course the minimum requirement is to be an Advanced certified diver.


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Trainee David, with staff members, Tyler, Davey, and Elisabeth

With only 12 dives logged, Lissie proved to be an absolute natural with the camera! She filmed with our CX560 in an Aquatica housing. Her favorite topic was definitely the Green Sea Turtles. I am sure we will see a lot more underwater videos from her...

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Resident Green Sea Turtle

Brad used our brand spanking new Sony AX100 4k camera in a Gates housing. Being a PADI Dive Master already, he proved to have amazing buoyancy and was able to get some great underwater footage very quickly!

Crystal Divers Koh Tao's own Gemma, who did the BSAC Professional Underwater Videographer course with me on Koh Tao, came over for 8 days to do her underwater Documentary Internship. We had amazing dives with at least 40 turtle sightings. Gemma decided to do her documentary about survival. She is in the process of finishing it as we speak.

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A tiny, brilliantly-colored hairy shrimp...

David Strain, a Scotsman living in Australia, came over for the full 18 days to complete his BSAC Pro Underwater Video Course and Internship. We spent many days filming the many Green Turtles living around the Northern Sabah Islands in the Celebes Sea. His documentary about Green Sea Turtles turned out amazing. Watch it here.

On another note, my UV movie Wonders of Other Worlds won the Special ARI prize in the “Light” category of the Underwater Film festival, Silently, in Belgrade. 
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Anemone under UV lights at night...

 
Another Prize for Oceans Below at the 2014 World Shootout and a Full House of Pro Video Trainees!
Written by Elisabeth   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:41

In August, I submitted my new UV Underwater video production Wonders of Other Worlds  to The World Shoot Out 2014.

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Today, I found out it has won 2nd place! The prize, 2 high quality Hydronalin MOLI 1400SF Underwater Video lights, will come in handy for our upcoming productions! It was great to get a chance to put together a movie with the UV footage that I have been filming on Koh Tao and Borneo, and I was more than pleased with the result!

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On another note, Oceans Below's own Davey Palfrey has become a BSAC Underwater Videographer Trainer and will begin teaching the Professional BSAC Underwater Video Courses and the Internships. Davey is a very talented, creative videographer with a lot of editing knowledge and we are very happy he has taken the next step! He completed film school at the impossibly named Aberystwyth University and has done a few stints working with the BBC. We are really excited to have him join our team!

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Davey, Oceans Below's newest Pro UW VDO Trainer

Meanwhile Tenille and Tyler, both from Texas, and Gemma, who we know from Scuba Junction and Crystal Divers, joined us at the beginning of the month for the BSAC Pro video course. They are doing a great job and working on their show reels now. We can't wait to see what they come up with. We have had 2 weeks of great conditions in spite of the waves and wind. The visibility has been outstanding and there's been lots of cool stuff to film.

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Tyler, Simon, Tenille, E and Gemma...

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Video Trainee, Gemma

Tenille and Tyler continue their Documentary Internship on Koh Tao beginning today. In the meantime, Gemma will join me in Borneo at the beginning of next month to complete her internship there. We'll be teaching again at Celebes Beach Resort in October- this time for 6 weeks! I can't wait to get back to film some of their turtles and fantastic macro life!

 
Oceans Below Training and Production Update-July
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 11:38

BSAC Professional Underwater Video Trainee, Blake, a Divemaster Trainee at Crystal Divers, successfully completed his course and is now nearing the end of his UV Night Dive Internship. We’ve been out a few times and have gotten some great footage of the undersea world with our UV lights and Blake’s  documentary is slowly taking shape.


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PADI Divemaster, Jamie, did the Pro level video course with Oceans Below awhile back, but returned to be trained as an Open Water Videographer. Pro Video Trainer, Simon, is making sure that he’s ready to take on the job. Right now Jamie is freelancing as a videographer at Oceans Below and having a lot of fun with it!

Scuba Junction's favorite DMT, Tyler, also just finished his BSAC Pro Video course with us. He has filmed some really cool critters during the past 2 weeks. You can see his showreel here.

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In March we worked with Emakina- a production company from Brussels- to produce an environmental message to save our oceans. The client was the European Environment Agency- a part of the European Union. It was a lot of fun working with one of our ex-trainees on this project. Watch the short clip here.

And last but not least we welcome back Davey Palfrey who will be conducting our Video Internship programs and overseeing the Open Water video business at Oceans Below.

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Davey trained with us at the beginning of 2013. He studied Film & TV at Aberystwyth University. Already a professional editor (he worked on the British TV series Dr Who), it became clear that underwater videography was his real passion! He worked as a videographer for Oceans Below for a while before venturing out and gaining experience elsewhere. We are happy to have him back on the team again!

 
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