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Fayetteville, North Carolina, Rick is cofounder of Nautilus
Productions. He is a broadcast video producer and videographer
and has been diving the oceans of the world and shooting video
since 1983. As a video producer, director and videographer his
work has appeared on ABC, A&E, BBC, CBS, Discovery, The Learning
Channel, 48 Hours, ESPN, Lifetime and more. He has followed
SWAT teams through the door on drug busts, traveled from Cuba
to Kazakhstan with the 82nd Airborne, weathered live broadcasts
during hurricanes and been side by side with 9 foot Sand Tiger
sharks during underwater expeditions. After 12 years in broadcast
television Allen opened his own video production company in
1997 focused on documentary production and providing freelance
videography and underwater video services to broadcast clients.
Allen is an avid wreck diver and shark lover and can be found
most weekends diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Email
Skagen, Denmark, Hans specializes in underwater film production,
filming, editing and distributing on VHS, DVD and for the Internet.
He also does website programming primarily for the diving industry.
Hans started scuba diving when he was 15 years old, more than
24 years ago. In 1994 he began doing underwater still photography.
That year Hans won the Danish championship for underwater photography
in a competition organized annually by the Danish Sportdiving
Association. Currently, his work is primarily underwater and
"topside" digital video. Hans is presently working
on several film projects. Certified as CMAS ** diver, CMAS Basic
nitrox, PADI nitrox and PADI Semi Closed Rebreather diver. He
currently dives a Dräger Dolphin mrk4 rebreather.
his website, Skawdiver.dk
as a SCUBA Instructor in 1991. After teaching for several local
shops, Perry went on to get more advanced training in cave diving
& Mixed Gas diving. He now mainly focuses on underwater
video production, working on his own projects and as a freelance
underwater cameraman. His videos have appeared on several national
cable channel broadcasts, network TV, and local television.
He is a founding member of the San Diego Technical/Recreational
"DIR" dive club, San Diego Underwater Explorers (SDUE). Check
out his work at DiveGeeks.com.
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transplant, Bob has been diving since moving to San Diego in
1984. He started doing underwater videography in 1994. He enjoys
filming big animals in such places as the Galapagos and Cocos,
as well as local attractions such as squid and nudibranchs in
southern California. Current video gear includes a Sony TRV-900
in a Gates housing, and he edits on a Mac with Adobe Premier.
Spain, Leandro moved to New York with his family. During his
High School years he joined a vocal group; and when he turned
fourteen won first prize at a musical festival at the New York
world fair. The Tokens, who by then had a number one hit on
the charts (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”), became their
producer. Leandro recorded several records with them, and spent
most of his time then promoting and touring the states with
up flying as a hobby and earned his private pilots license at
the age of nineteen.
he returned to Spain, where he recorded several records, including
a double LP (“The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi ) and
also wrote several music scores for various motion pictures.
Leandro decided to turn his hobby into a career and became an
airline pilot. Today he’s an Airbus 340 captain flying
for a major international airline company.
It was back in the 80s when the first music videos came out,
that got him started in filming. It was the magic of the music,
moving along with the fast cutting images that caught his eye.
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a camcorder and housing in the fall of 2001 and has used it
to annoy fish, crustaceans, nudibranchs, cephalopods, his fellow
divers, and any other taxa of plants or animals that happen
to find themselves in front of the lens port. Mike lives in
Oakland, California, where he photographs mushrooms and teaches
beginning mycology courses. He writes geeky computer books for
a living and goes diving with his wife Lynn in warm tropical
waters and the cold green waters of California. Visit Mike's
website for more of his video.
operates out of Palau, Micronesia and runs an underwater imaging
concession with a dive shop there providing him with lots of
opportunities to film at some of the best dive sites in the
world. A keen photographer too, Richard enjoys opening up the
incredible underwater world to people through his images and
footage. Email Richard
is currently based in Spain. He began underwater work as a scuba
instructor in Jamaica and Miami for dive centers and charter
companies in the early 80s where he discovered the amazing underwater
world. His video work includes the production of local tv documentaries
and advertisements. Guille is currently working at the El Rei
del Mar diving center in L’Estartit, Costa Brava, Spain
as an instructor teaching underwater videography as well as
doing trip videos for guest divers in the Illes Medes Marine
Reserve and in Sharm-El-Sheikh in the Egyptian Red Sea. He uses
Mangrove Housings & Lighting by Aditech. Visit Guille's
website. Email Guille
currently based in Turkiye, has a degree in Economics and has
worked as an IT expert since 1995. He started diving in 1989,
and is a certified CMAS Scuba Instructor with many diving specialties,
including enriched air, wreck, u/w videography, deep diving,
etc. Yener has been shooting underwater video since 2003. His
work includes several short films, a documentary on the Red
Sea, and a short film about a mermaid. This short film was awarded
1st Place in a local short film contest. He has also won several
underwater videography awards. He is now working on a number
of documentaries about ship wrecks and underwater wildlife around
Turkiye. Email Yener
diver, Kevin Daily has been diving since 1972. He is very knowledgeable
about the ocean and marine life, especially that of Southern
California. In 1995, he began capturing images of sea life on
video using Hi 8 equipment and a Gates underwater housing. Kevin
uses Videonics editing equipment, as well as a nonlinear computer
editing system with a DC30 video capture card and Adobe Premier
editing software. His work has been featured in local television
newscasts, and is available through Merrow Video Productions.
his diving career in 1989, Matthew purchased his first video
camera and underwater housing in the spring of 1990 and began
filming shipwrecks along the New Jersey coast. Moving to Kona
Hawaii in 1994, he began his love affair with warm water reef
animals, especially filming their behavioral patterns such as
hunting, mating, and color changing. In February of 2000 he
found a new obsession with black water diving and filming pelagic
During the daylight hours Matthew can be found in his woodworking
studio where he builds one-of-a-kind custom furniture. Most
nights he works as a boat captain and dive guide at the world
famous Manta Ray Night Dive. A firm believer that sleep is over
rated, he makes time to guest speak and showcase his video work
for school students to promote an educational understanding
of the aquatic world around us. More information about Matthew
and his passion for woodworking can be found on his website
del Barco & Deborah Wilson
and Pablo left the UK and Argentina, respectively, to follow
their passion for underwater video. They formed their independent
company, FishEyeFilms, in Cozumel, Mexico ten years ago, and
have been filming there year round ever since. See their work
Email Pablo and Deborah.
a certified Apple Pro in Final Cut Pro 6 and an underwater videographer.
He was winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film Competition,
2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic
competition, and the prestigious 2005 International Beneath
the Sea Film Competition, where he received the Stan Waterman
Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver of
the Year' award. Steve worked as a safety diver on the feature
film, "The Deep Blue Sea," and has contributed footage
to Seaworld Park's Atlantis production, the History Channel's
MegaDisaster show and other networks. Steve is one of the founding
organizers of the San Diego UnderSea
Film Exhibition and leads both underwater filming expeditions
and African safaris. Steve's work is available through Shark's
Delight Productions. Email
Steve's World Film and Travel Website)
Joe started blowing bubbles in 1967 at the age of ten when his father rented a two-hose regulator and tank from a gas station/diveshop in the small town of Yucaipa, CA. The influence of Sea Hunt’s Mike Nelson and The Silent World of Jacques Cousteau were just too much to ignore. Over the years he’s been involved with many types of diving, including instruction, research, and technical sport diving. Somewhere along the line the idea of taking expensive cameras and immersing them in saltwater seemed like a good idea. He’s been professionally making images and writing articles since 1999.
Published credits include numerous magazines, books and commercial stock images represented by age fotostock, Pixtal, SeaPics, and Waterframe. Visit Joe's website.
from Florida Tech with a degree in commercial diving in 1978.
Shortly thereafter he received a call from The Scuba Club, Inc.
in West Palm Beach, Florida with a job offer. That was June
1980 and he has been there ever since. He is a USCG licensed
captain and a YMCA, SDI and TDI scuba instructor. He has been
shooting video underwater since 1987. In addition to running
daily dive trips in West Palm Beach, he takes groups of divers
to many dive destinations around the world. JD's photographs
have appeared in publications such as Ocean Realm, National
Geographic World, Sea Frontiers, Outdoor Explorer, Skin Diver,
Scuba Times, Underwater USA, the Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel.
Besides the local networks, JD's video work has also been seen
on National Geographic Television, the Travel Channel and the
Animal Planet. Visit J.D. Duff's
website. Email JD.
& Jody Elliott
in the Bay Area of California, Mike Elliott is an award-winning
underwater filmmaker based in Monterey, California. He and his
wife, award-winning underwater photograper Jody Elliott, have been diving
since 2004. Their underwater imaging work takes them all over
the world, yet they also enjoy diving right in their own waters
off the coast of Northern California. Mike is filming in HD
video using a Sony FX1 in a Light & Motion housing, and
editing in Final Cut Pro. Visit their Website.
Captain Don, and Mike
& Diana Fries
in Germany, Diana and Christian Fries are avid divers who want
to share their passion with the world. Christian started out
with digital photography some years ago and made the switch
to HD Video in 2007. They are active members in the communities
at wetpixel.com and digideep.com. The two travel all over the
world and enjoy all kinds of dive spots like British Columbia,
Bali and the Red Sea. Christian is now shooting high definition
video with the dSLR Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Visit Their
raised in San Diego, CA, Bob Gladden is a very accomplished
diver and underwater photographer and filmmaker. Since his dive
certification in 1963, Bob's diving activities have included
commercial and research diving. He has logged over 5,000 dives.
An underwater photographer for 17 years, his work has been recognized
with numerous awards, and has appeared in publications such
as California Diving News, Discover Diving and Skin Diver. His
films have been featured in local TV newscasts, TV specials
and at numerous film festivals. Bob also contributed a segment
to Discovery Channel's "Incredible Vacation Videos."
He is currently using Sony VX-1000 and PC-7 digital cameras
and Gates underwater housings, with nonlinear editing in Adobe
Premier. He is one of the founders and organizers of the San
Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. Bob's work is available
through OceanVisions Productions. Visit Bob's website.
& Jen Groark
is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, TDI Semi-Closed Circuit
Rebreather Instructor as well as a DAN and PADI Oxygen Instructor.
His passion for the ocean grew even stronger when he started
shooting underwater video in 2001. He strives to document every
aspect of the ecology associated with coral reefs, although
sharks and pelagics are his favorite subjects. Jen Groark too
loves the elasmobranchs, but her real passion lies with the
small, strange, creatures disguised amongst the reef, which
she has a unique talent for finding. Today, you can find Jen
and Bryce shooting video and taking pictures underwater almost
everyday, documenting the local fish behaviors on the Hawaiian
reef and teaching Coral Reef Ecology classes to visitors aboard
the FairWind II in Kealakekua Bay. Visit their website, LivingOceanProductions.com.
is a widely published writer and photographer specializing in
the underwater world. Author of three books and over 500 articles,
his work has appeared in posters, magazines, books, and CDs.
Hanauer is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Kinesiology
Division at California State University, Fullerton. An aquatics
specialist, he trained over 2500 scuba students, and introduced
the grab start to competitive swimming while coaching in the
1960s. He recently dived into underwater video. Eric is one
of the organizers of the San
Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. Visit
is an independent videographer and filmmaker based in Boulder,
Colorado who specializes underwater and adventure travel. His
work includes projects for both broadcast and corporate customers.
Shawn began diving in 1990 while attending university and immediately
fell in love with the sport. In the late 90’s he entered
the world of underwater still photography and realized that
underwater imagery would become a life long passion. It didn’t
take long for the desire to “tell the story” vs.
“capture the moment” to take hold of him. He invested
in a Light & Motion underwater video set up and never looked
back. Last year Shawn made the switch to HD. This has opened
a whole new world of opportunity and challenge, and the results
have been exciting. His specialty is capturing wide angle footage
of large pelagics such as sharks, mantas, game fish and marine
mammals. Shawn is also dedicated to marine conservation and
is active in a number of conservation initiatives. His video
offers a perfect medium to capture the majesty of underwater
realm and communicate it to the world in hopes of gaining better
appreciation, understanding, and action. Visit Shawn’s
website, Blue Sphere Media.
raised in Sandusky, Ohio, Shannon grew up on the Great Lakes
and fell in love with the water as a little girl. She
went to Ohio Sate Univeristy and graduated in 2000 with a B.A.
in Communications. After traking a video production class
in college she was hooked and loved the idea of telling a story
though video. She started working in news and became a
Photojournalist working at network affiliates in Columbus, Ohio,
Savannah, Georgia and now in San Diego, CA. Shortly after she
moved to San Diego she became certified to dive and fell
in love with the underwater world. Shannon began applying
her passion for video to her new passion for diving and shot
her first underwater piece called "Wreck Diving" for
FOX 6 San Diego. She is now hooked on underwater videography!
member of the San Diego community since 1972, Mick is no stranger
to filmmaking and editing. He has shot film segments for inclusion
in real estate marketing campaigns, a documentary for a TV promo
for the Scottish Highlands Games and a documentary for the San
Diego city council on swimsuit optional beach use, among others.
Taking a video camera underwater for the first time in the spring
of 1999, Mick is now irrevocably hooked. He is one of the organizers
of the San Diego
UnderSea Film Exhibition. Mick edits on MediaStudio Pro.
Ireland, Vincent has been diving since 1972, and filming underwater
Qualified as a Geologist in 1983, he eventually migrated into
computers, programming and digital graphics, working for Microsoft
for 12 years.
Vincent set up Wild Ireland on-line and print Magazine. The
on-line magazine won an award for Best Website of the year in
2000, while the print version won a PPA Best Consumer Specialist
Magazine of the Year Award in 2002. In 2000, he filmed, photographed,
wrote and web broadcast the natural history of nesting Jackdaws
which won a Prix D'Europe award. A documentary of the production
appeared on RTE Television. In 2001 the 2nd series of Jackie
and Daw appeared on UTV.
In 2002 Vincent took 46 Irish people to Antarctica and made
a film which appeared on TV3. In 2003 he began filming, photographing
and painting marine Wildlife fulltime. Together with Patrick
Kavanagh he made a 2 hour DVD on Ireland's Marine Wildlife
"Ireland - Seabirds and Marine Life."
In 2006, they filmed with the BBC's Blue Planet Team documenting
"The Search for Ireland's Giant Turtles". This was
broadcast on BBC2 in February 2007. Vincent is an accomplished
wildlife illustrator. To learn more about Vicent diverse work,
please visit his website, www.VincentHyland.com.
as a network engineering consultant these days. In former lives
he was a roofer, a rock climbing bum, and an analytical chemist.
He now lives in Redmond, Washington, near the murky waters of
Puget Sound. Certified in Utah in 1987, Ray did his qualifying
dives in a hot water spring in the desert near Wendover, Nevada,
that was once used as a target for bombing practice by the Air
Force. Since then he's lived and dived all over the world, yet
has never seen an area he could say was more beautiful than
the waters around Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
"Diving in those cold waters is not for everybody, but
somehow you forget how darn cold you are when you see the overwhelming
beauty of 'outside' Barkley Sound." Ray admits, though,
that given a choice, he'd choose Indonesia over Canada any day.
He's done 35 mm underwater photography almost since he was certified,
but was never very good at it. When he finally flooded his Nikonos
V, he decided to try video. Ray enjoys shooting video underwater
a lot more, and has never looked back. Email
Huw is a film editor and photographer, working in broadcast since 1995. He has edited documentaries and television programs for National Geographic Channel, Discovery, BBC. In 2008, he was awarded an EMMY award for editing History Channel's 'How The Earth Was Made'. New to underwater filming, Huw has been diving since 1997. Visit Huw's website, huwjenkins.com.
in Jyderup, Denmark, Bent founded Chilbal Filmproduktion in
2003. Before that he was a avid still photographer who never
went for a dive without his old Nikonos V. Chilbal Filmproduktion
focuses on documentary and educational productions
for broadcasters and corporations. Bent uses a SONY PD170
in a Gates Video Housing. He is currently working on a documentary
about underwater wildlife in Scandinavia, cooperating with
several Danish aquariums and researchers. Bent is an avid
naturalist, diver and sailor. Check out his website at: www.chilbal.dk • Email Bent.
the TV industry in 1992 after 15 years as an editor, effects
editor and director, Rod also previously worked on music videos
and commercials in addition to network shows. He became a
PADI instructor in 1992 and worked as an instructor and dive
guide until 1998. Rod worked three sessions for Club Med and
four years in Kona Hawaii. Currently residing in Venice Beach,
California, he has traveled and dived all over the world.
Rod is an innovator in streaming underwater digital film,
and has been involved in internet streaming and website design
since 1996. His current clients include The Pacific Aggressor
Fleet (www.livedivepacific.com), Diving Unlimited International
(www.dui-online.com) and Naia Fiji, among others. 1998 DV
Magazine Media Masters Award nominee. His website is http://www.rhkuw.com.
in Montreal, Canada, Nathalie founded Pixnat in 1993. She
has traveled the world as a cameraperson working on documentaries,
and has worked as a DOP on all kind of productions, both video
and film. After years of diving, she now also works as an
underwater cameraperson. Nathalie
really enjoys wrecks and archeology, but always has fun with
seals and other underwater marine life.
can contact her via her website: www.pixnat.com.
started diving in 1961 at age 6 (after threatening to run
away from home if his parents didn't buy him a skin diving
suit). He graduated from Stanford in 1976 and headed for Hawaii.
He's been blowing bubbles ever since and has logged over 11,050
dives. Based in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jeff's matchless
patience and easygoing nature make him a perfect Instructor
for Intros and others who want to surrender to the spell of
our tranquil liquid paradise. Jeff will also capture your
most treasured moments on video, edit and set it to enchanting
music so that you can relive your diving experience again
and again. Jeff is an owner and managing partner of Jack's
Diving Locker in Kona, Hawaii. Visit the Jack's
Diving Locker Website. Email
diving in 1986 in the cold waters of British Columbia. Over
the years, business travel enabled him to explore the warm waters
of the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines and the Caribbean.
His love for the underwater world led him to get serious about
diving in 2004, eventually attaining instructor status. Mark
shoots video mostly in BC waters, using a Sony Handicam inside
a Gates housing. Check out more of his video work on his website
Maas is a veteran freediver and award-winning underwater filmmaker.
He started diving when he was 14 years old and has been freediving
steadily for the last 47 years. He holds numerous spearfishing
records and championships. His 1992 video Bluewater Hunters
for PBS has been viewed by over 25 million people. His diving
has been featured in such publications as Sports Illustrated,
American Airlines magazine, The Miami Herald and the Los Angeles
Times. He lectures nationally using his slides and video presentations
to educate those interested in the adventure of bluewater hunting
and marine resource conservation. While Terry remains an avid
hunter, he is very selective in his take and is deeply concerned
with conservation of the ocean’s marine life. He shares
his underwater images of sea creatures captured in commercial
poaching nets and on hooks with many environmental organizations.
He is an active supporter of Sea Watch an organization dedicated
to the preservation of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. In California,
he is a member of the committee to form Marine Protected Areas
off the coastline. Learn more about Terry and his work on his
website at freedive.net.
Marti first donned dive gear in 1974, and has been actively
diving since. He submerged himself with camera in hand almost
immediately. In 1979, he fell in love with underwater video.
Now, he’s rarely seen underwater without his video camera
in hand. His digital films have placed in many underwater photo/video
contests. He received an Honorable Mention in Cinematography
at the 2003 International Wildlife Film Festival. He has been
a regular contributor in the Long Beach Scuba Show’s Film
Festival and the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition. His films
were a special presentation at the 2005 Aquarium of the Pacific’s
Diver’s Day. Walter is an active member in both the Orange
County and the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society.
He’s traveled to many places in the world, but continues
to love diving in California. He has recently upgraded to a
High Definition Camera and is looking forward in filming his
extensive library all over again. Email
was born in Italy and moved to the United States in 1993. From
an early age he was interested in the ocean and its creatures,
as well as photography.
In 1998 Nick became Scuba certified, and soon after he started
shooting still photos with an underwater camera. After two years
of underwater still photography, in 2000 he picked up an underwater
video system, and has been passionate about underwater filmmaking
ever since. He enjoys filming a wide range of marine subjects,
from sharks and mantas to itty-bitty stuff, like nudibranchs
and blennies. Nick has contributed to (and occasionaly won)
many international competitions such as the Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic Society Competition, the World Festival of
Underwater Pictures in Antibes, France, the Northern California
Underwater Photographic Society Competition, and the San Diego
Undersea Film Exhibition. He uses a Sony PD100 in a Light
& Motion Bluefin 900 housing, with Sunray Pro HID lights.
Nick edits on a Mac with Final Cut pro, Livetype, Motion, and
authors to DVD with DVD Studio Pro. Visit Nick's
the early 1990s Rick became a Scuba Diving Instructor and ultimately
began working as an underwater camera man when he was able to
package a segment of the PBS Series, "Secrets of the Sequence,"
shot on location
at the Lizard Island Research Station off the coast of Australia.
Rick has continued pursuing his passions for diving and the
environment offering his services as a broadcast technician
and producer and has recently completed projects for The Nature
Conservancy, The New England Aquarium, International Fund For
Animal Welfare (IFAW), University of Connecticut, The Conservation
Law Foundation, Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Assoc., The
Gulf of Maine Research Inst, and many others. Visit Rick's
website. Email Rick.
since 1984, Michael has been an active member of the Underwater
Photographic Society since 1987 and active in the film festival,
as well . He started underwater video in 1995 and travels frequently
to Mexico and the Philippines. Michael is currently using a
Sony VX-1000 and a Sony PC-7 with Gates underwater housings.
Chuck Nicklin has filmmaking experience in Imax, Omnimax, Circlevision,
70mm, 35mm, 16mm, Panavision, digital film and video formats.
Feature film credits include The Abyss, The Deep, Never Say
Never, For Your Eyes Only, and Love Is Forever. Nicklin's numerous
documentaries include "Gentle Giants of the Pacific, ""Behind
the Scenes of The Abyss," Nomads of the Deep," and
"In the Company of Whales." Truly one of the pioneers
of underwater cinematography, Nicklin is actively involved in
the diving and underwater filmmaking community. He continues
to work hard at his art, while putting much time and energy
into encouraging and assisting newcomers to the field. In addition
to his filmmaking work, he leads dive tours around the world,
and is always willing to take time on his trips to help out
the newer underwater filmmaker. Chuck is one of the founders
and organizers of the San
Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. View Chuck's new Dive
journalist and adventure travel video producer, Mary Lynn was
first handed a video camera underwater on a shark dive in the
Bahamas in 1995. Working in high definition video, she produces
films for news and travel organizations, film festivals, art
galleries, and educational institutions. Her work has appeared
in nationally broadcast documentaries, award-winning news productions
and educational projects. Mary Lynn founded DiveFilm.com in
early 2000 as one of the first websites dedicated to showcasing
underwater video on the internet. She is one of the founding
organizers of the San
Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. Mary Lynn is the executive
producer of DiveFilm
HD Video Podcast and the original DiveFilm
Podcast Video, both available for free at iTunes. In 2008,
Mary Lynn deployed to Antarctica as part of a National Science
Foundation grant to produce short video portraits of some of
the amazing Women
Working in Antarctica. She is an Apple-certified Pro in
Final Cut Pro 7, and teaches video editing on land and at sea.
Visit Mary Lynn's Travel
Video website. Email
photographer until his first of five trips to Cocos Island,
Bruce became interested in portraying underwater action through
video. A Master Diver and Instructor, Bruce took early retirement
from Environmental Restoration work in order to pursue his love
of the underwater world and his quest for filming different
kinds of animal life. His travels have allowed him to do both
topside as well as underwater digital filming all around the
world. He has acquired footage of some very strange and unusual
macro creatures. Bruce is currently using Sony VX-2000 and Sony
DCR-SC100 digital cameras, and Light & Motion Blue Fin and
Mako housings. His nonlinear editing is in NT with DV-Rex and
Adobe Premier. Email
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since 1998, Rich purchased his first underwater video housing
in 2001 after literally bumping into two whale sharks off Bida
Nok Island in Thailand. Moments like that, he reasoned,
simply had to be caught on film. Shortly thereafter he realized
that hours of unedited footage wasn’t really that fun
to watch, so immersed himself in digital editing and began making
films. Using music as the underlying structure for his
films, Rich strives to create films that are enjoyable to divers
and non-divers alike, and yet still communicate the rush of
underwater flying. Rich currently lives in Alameda, California
with his wife, his daughter, his 200 gallon coral reef aquarium
and his breeding colony of Sepia bandensis cuttlefish
been diving and filming underwater since 1988 and has earned
dozens of national and international awards for his underwater
productions. Many of these are requested annually from numerous
underwater film festivals around the United States, and are
also used as marine educational outreach tools by a number of
organizations. Besides his educational productions, Roger develops
promotional videos for a number of dive destinations and liveaboards
all over the world. His footage has been incorporated in programs
for the Discovery Channel, the U.S. Navy, and Jean-Michel Cousteau's
Sea Scope series, to name a few. Roger has hundreds of hours
of cataloged footage that was shot with either the Sony VX-3
in an Ikelite housing, or the Sony VX-1000 in a Light & Motion
Stingray housing. Email
an experienced traveler and instructor/diver who has led expeditions
from Africa to Chuuk Lagoon and from the cold waters of Nova
Scotia to the tropical magnificence of Palau. If you don't find
him the open blue waters, he is probably squeezing through a
cave restriction in the Yucatan. His certs include full cave,
trimix, SCR, and SSI open water instructor. He is passionate
about filming majestic images in harmony with the sounds of
the experience. In addition to being an underwater filmmaker,
he is an accomplished audio recording engineer. He recently
joined the production crew of liquidassets.tv as a sound engineer
and cameraman where he will be working on two upcoming television
Underwater, Mark shoots with a Sony EX1 in a Gates housing.
He uses Dolphin Ear and Cetacean Research Technology hydrophones
underwater and Schoeps and Sennheiser microphones for audio
topside. He edits in Final Cut Pro and Vegas 8 for video and
uses ProTools for audio.
& Mike Schnetzer
Mike have been active divers since 1991. Mike is a PADI
Dive Master. They bought their first video housing in
1991 and have been filming around the world ever since.
Their favorite destinations include Indonesia, Fiji, Cocos Island,
Papua New Guinea, Palau, Australia and, of course, San Diego.
Their special interests are animal behaviors. Lionfish
Films, LLC is their underwater video company and they are currently
shooting in the HDV format. Email
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scuba diving in 1969 in the cold waters of Northern California.
In the mid 70s he became a commercial diver working in the offshore
oil industry, harbor construction, and sea urchin harvesting.
Later he took up u/w photography and published numerous u/w
photos and articles. Since then he began motion picture and
video taping underwater and that is where his interest remains
today. Among his credits include SKIN DIVER MAGAZINE and ABC
NEWS. Besides his commercial diving experience, Jerry is a certified
rescue diver and dive master. Specializing in the Northern California
coastal region, Jerry enjoys producing videos for the Internet.
Visit Jerry's website
• Email Jerry
Jon Shaw became a diver when he was thirteen, became commercially
trained at 19, and became a PADI instructor at 20. He is a PADI
MI, HSE part IV and also TDI instructor. Also in that year he
completed his BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology in England. He has
supplied footage for Channel 10 in Australia, Total travel channel
in the UK and also Dive Zero HD magazine. Jon has been based
in Sydney since 2001and has set up ginclearfilm,
a video production business specialising in allowing small businesses
to promote themselves via video, on DVD, web or television.
Currently shooting with a Canon XH A1 in a Gates housing, he
continues seeking to finetune his skills to better capture stunning
underwater images. Visit Jon's
website • Email
A few years
ago Edward Snijders changed his life by getting into underwater
filming after a long - but uneventful - career in air traffic
control. Be it air or water, it is the 3 dimensional environment
where he feels most at ease. For many years he spent his time
underwater just taking pictures. Then some time ago Edward changed
to video never to look back. Some successful productions over
the years include Reefstory, Seals for Real, Sanganeb and most
recently Eau de Bretagne. They screened - and were sometimes
awarded prizes - at major film festivals such as the San Francisco
Ocean Film Festival, Antibes (France), Belgrade (Serbia), Moscow,
Birmingham (UK), Düsseldorf (Germany), Vaasa (Finland)
and Seychelles, to name a few. On his website, www.submarines.nl,
Edward tries to keep a wetlog, and also presents some of his
short films. Edward is founder and director of the annual North
Sea Film Festival for underwater movies in the Netherlands,
which started in 2007. Though he loves organizing the festival,
filmmaking is his priority. Visit Edward's
Hungary, but often found in distant waters all over the world,
Gyula is an award-winning underwater filmmaker whose creative
works have garnered film festival prizes in countries such as
France, the United States, Spain, Italy and Russia. His work
include films ranging from technical diving exploration to creative
artistic interpretation. Gyula is a regular contributor on the
forums at Wetpixel.com, and can often be found staffing the
DivePhotoGuide/Wetpixel booths at international underwater film
fests all over the world. Gyula has authored and produced the
DVD, "Ships of Darkness," based on his award-winning
film of the same name. To learn more about his new DVD and his
work, Visit Gyula's website
of snorkelling, Simon finally took the plunge and learned to
Scuba Dive in 2001. Based in London, UK, he has been lucky enough
to travel with his wife Zoe to many parts of the world to experience
the amazing diversity that exists beneath our water planet’s
surface. Simon’s biggest fear is that our Seas and Oceans
could be in terminal decline, and through his films he hopes
to raise awareness of their plight and at the same time show
their beauty, majesty and wonder to a wider audience than those
lucky enough to experience it first hand. Visit
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hailing from England, Mark set out some 15 years ago on a career
path that has thus far taken him to many of the world's pristine
dive areas. Recenty based on the island of Palau, Mark spent
his time there running his own underwater imaging concession
at the Fish 'n Fins dive shop. His professional clients to date
include NGTV&Film, YLE - Finland, SBS - Korea, GMA - Philippines
and many others. He now works for National Geographic, and also
produces his own short films and products. Email
Bergen, Norway, Vidar is a wildlife videographer whose interests
range from the high mountains to the deep fjord. While he is
relatively new to underwater imaging, he has been producing
topside wildlife videos since the late 1980s. His underwater
imaging is accomplished strictly through free-diving. His wildlife
videos have appeared in television broadcasts and on the internet.
Please visit Vidar's
website to see more of his wonderful work. Email
as a research scientist, Stephie moved to San Diego, CA in 1997.
She became a certified diver in December of 1997, and joined
Catalina Divers soon thereafter. She is an active member of
the Dive Animals Club in San Diego, and an avid diver at the
local shores. Stephie did her first underwater filming during
a dive trip to San Clemente Island, California in 1999.
is based on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. He has been
diving since 1990 and held both Padi and SSI Scuba instructor
ratings and personally introduced over 1200 people to the world
of scuba diving and guided many many more. Filming underwater
is now what he does best, and he continues to capture the magical
underwater world for all to see.
done so many dives, he is now officially a fish and has worked
with many TV productions over the years both local and international.
Paul shoots with the FX1 in the Amphibico Phenom housing with
Aqua Sea HID lights. Stills are with the NIkon D70 in a Sea
& Sea SLR housing. Check out his website.
A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and the marine science program of California State University, Northridge, Emmy® award-winning producer Champ Williams has dedicated his career to the art and craft of underwater natural history filmmaking. Visit his
Williams, founder of Still Hope Productions Inc., began in 2000
to create underwater videos to introduce Pacific Northwest residents
to their underwater neighbors. During eighteen years as a sea-going
scientific technician, John visited most of the world’s
oceans and developed a deep concern for their stewardship. John
filmed & edited the educational DVD "Return of the
Plankton." It shows the seasons underwater in Puget Sound
and how they affect the critters living there. He has videotaped
underwater events and critter behavior for a number of broadcast
TV productions and short films. John also produces the only
TV series to focus on what goes on underwater in the Pacific
Northwest. That bi-monthly series, "SEA-Inside: Pacific
Northwest," brings the magic, the mystery, and the beauty
of the underwater world into currently over 1.5 million homes.
It also provides a wide audience for local underwater filmmakers,
photographers, artists, musicians and writers. Visit his website.
Tony Wu is one of Asia's leading underwater photographers. He has won a number of awards, including the Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes for his first book, Silent Symphony. In recent years, Tony has been at the forefront of experimenting with new equipment and techniques associated with the crossover from analog to digital technology. The primary theme in his work is storytelling, and he is particularly keen on exploring the unique possibilities opened up by the use of multi-media formats. In addition to his online portfolio, Tony also maintains a blog, where he shares images, video and thoughts from his travels. You can also follow Tony on Twitter.