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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 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!

 
Oceans Below Video Training and Production Updates…
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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