Filmmaking underwater is like filmmaking to the power of ten.
For example, take any aspect to your production. Now think how long it takes, how many people it takes to do it, or the cost of it. With underwater filming all those things are several orders of magnitude more difficult, more hazardous, time-consuming etc.
As a consequence, very few people do underwater filmmaking professionally.
But then there’s Lindsay Brown.
See her in action, filming underwater, in the video below.
Going under the waves with a camera is Lindsay’s job.
She runs her marine filmmaking business, Stray Seal, from Newport-on-Tay in North East Fife.
Her media production is based around the Canon 5D mkII, Canon lenses and a very expensive, waterproof housing from a company called Hugyfot.
After that there are the lights and the tripod – yes, she will often use a tripod under water. I know, I didn’t think of that either!
And then there’s the team that must accompany her, either in the boat or in the water alongside her.
While most of my work consists of solo shoots (I can turn up for a gig in jeans and trainers, carrying my camera, audio and tripod in two hands), not so Lindsay. She requires a vehicle for all her gear.
So, if you’ve been thinking you’d like to take your GoPro antics to the next level and were wondering about taking your production camera underwater, have a listen to this podcast interview.
It may change your mind, but it will also open your eyes.
Lindsay is working on a number of projects including a fictional piece about the Selkie legend, and one about shoes migrating up the River Tay.
A short while ago she completed this experimental piece called Frog, featuring her daughter.
If you’re interested in how filming underwater can be managed in an indie production check out the excellent Underwater Realm, a UK-based web series, nearing the end of production (July 2012), with a huge and very useful collection of behind-the-scenes videos.