Underwater filming and location assessment for a German TV commercial.
Client: Film & Co Director: Marc Malze Thai Production: Red Balloon Film Co Ltd
TV commercial for Spar supermarkets in Germany.
The production required some top-side shooting, this was done by D.O.P. Duli Diesmannsberger (www.duli.at) and some underwater shooting, that was done by us.
Both Duli, the DOP, and Marc the director are certified divers and had considered taking on the underwater scenes themselves but after reviewing our show reel asked us along on the underwater location scouting and to shoot some set-ups as a try-out.
…and the ‘underwater tripod’…
At our preliminary meeting we were asked to bring along our underwater tripod as they were impressed by the steadiness of the shots in the show reel. They were delighted and intrigued when we explained that none of our clips had been shot using any steadying equipment, just a steady hand and good diving buoyancy control.
Following the success of our location scout we got the job for the production shoot and filmed lots of swim-bys of SCUBA divers and close-ups of the star; Mirjam Weichselbraun.
For organising a busy and complicated shoot many thanks to ‘Ped’ the Thai Producer from Red Balloon Film Co Ltd and the hard working SCUBA diving, multi-lingual, 1st AD; Liz [Lertlid Trzop].
This is the result;
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We were booked for some in-water assistance for a film shoot around Krabi. It’s a Russian Film production and support was required at Koh Hong, Krabi.
Liz [Lertlid Trzop] and Cookie were the underwater special fx team, required by the Art Department to help sink a speed boat, or at least make it look like a boat had sunk…
Simon and Claire were there just in case the lead actors decided to throw themselves in the water and needed help getting out again. By the end of the day the talent had not gotten wet so Simon and Claire weren’t too active.
Meanwhile, this is how the underwater special fx team spent the day; click below for bigger images and slideshow:
Pushing Fin Film and TV production support in Krabi, Thailand.
This region of Southern Thailand is frequently visited by production crews from all over the World to produce; feature films, TV shows, documentaries and TV Commercials.
Krabi and it’s neighbouring provinces are well known for beautiful and dramatic natural scenery, amazing beaches and islands, coral reefs, jungle wildlife and the classical Thai cultural landscape. Transportation and accommodation in the region is superb and for these reasons it is chosen as the location for so many films, TV shows and TV commercials.
Well known films using locations in and around Krabi include from; James Bond- “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “The Beach” with Leonardo DeCaprio and very recently; “Hangover2”; there are many more.
Established in this area for many years Pushing Fin can provide resources to help with every aspect of Film and TV Production support – not only professional underwater filming.