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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!

 
Oceans Below Video Training and Production Updates…
Written by Elisabeth   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 12:31

As we're gearing up for a busy summer season, the staff and trainees at Oceans Below Koh Tao are settling into our new offices and are busy with various projects and courses. Angelina, from Greece, just completed her BSAC Professional Underwater Videographer course with Pro Video Trainer, Simon. She's now on her 2 week Documentary filmmaking internship. She's chosen to do her final project on barracudas and we've been out on a hunt for them recently. On today's dive we also ran across one of our local Hawksbill sea turtles!

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Meanwhile, Xavi has finished a collaborative, creative, common film called “Hydro”. It is a beautiful underwater film made with footage from 56 underwater filmmakers and 15 musicians. My contributions include footage of the Whalesharks of Koh Tao, UV night diving, some of the weird and wonderful creatures of the Lembeh Strait and a lot more. The film will premiere in Alicante’s Film Festival on the 30th of May and will be submitted to many more film festivals to come.

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I also recently filmed Gene Girardeau's Finathon! Gene was helping to raise awareness of the problem of shark finning by doing a sponsored swim across 43 kilometers of open water from the island of Koh Phangan to Koh Tao. The PADI Project Aware organization was the main sponsor. I was there to document the attempt and put together this short movie which we showed a few nights ago at the Hacienda.

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And finally, Alex, a Dive Instructor from Switzerland, has finished his Documentary internship about coral spawning.  He definitely got some great footage! His short film has been sent to be viewed at the  Thailand Dive Exposition (TDEX) in Bangkok. Alex also made a short, creative piece about the HTMS Sattakut wreck on Koh Tao. It turned out fantastic! You can watch it here...
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Oceans Below Koh Tao- New office, New courses, New Productions
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:02
Koh Tao Oceans Below has undergone quite a few changes since the beginning of 2014. First, we constructed a new custom built, air-conditioned editing studio. Our new office is situated in between Mae Haad and Sairee and is easily accessible from the Main Road. Best of all, we're just a one minute walk from the nicest part of Sairee Beach and are more easily able to head down for a quick afternoon shake while watching Koh Tao's amazing sunsets!
 
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New Sairee Beach Office 

We are also happy to announce our new collaboration with Master Divers in Mae Haad. One of Koh Tao's original dive centers, Master Divers has also undergone many new changes and have some of the nicest dive facilities on the island. From now on you can find our Oceans Below staff and students on the Master Divers as well as the Scuba Junction dive boats! This allows our students better access to all the best dive sites for the BSAC Professional Underwater Video Courses and Internships.

At the beginning of April, we welcomed Vanessa, the director of a production company in Germany, who signed up for our UV Night Dive Video course. Instructor Jacques and myself made sure Vanessa went home with some spectacular UV footage. We are still waiting for her final film to come out and will post it here shortly.

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On production level, we recently worked with Emakina Productions, a Belgian company, on a shoot for the European Community. This is now in post production and will be coming out shortly. Cedric and Bernard from Emakina flew over to make a short movie to raise awareness of the threats our oceans are facing due to pollution, over-fishing and rising temperatures.

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Bernard and Cedric on the video shoot for the European Community documentary about the state of the seas

Some of our spectacular whaleshark footage will also be featured soon in a production called "Wildest Indochina" which will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel.
 
In other news, the juvenile blacktip reef sharks are back on patrol off of Aow Leuk Beach providing some excellent photo ops...
 
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And finally, we recently re-shot the PADI Go Dive and Go Pro promos to cater to the Chinese market. We worked with the lovely Team China from Crystal Divers. Thanks to all the talent and their efforts, we came up with 2 new good looking promos which you can see here!

 
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