Stickermania Underwater

underwater close up photograph of Mirjam Weichselbraun scuba diving

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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Making Movies, Sinking Ships

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:

Video of the sinking below…



A video preview of ‘the sinking’:

A trailer of the feature film: Jungle

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Million Dollar Point – SCUBA Diving

Million Dollar Point, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.

An underwater wreckers yard.

Created by the US Armed Forces before they left this South Pacific Island after the Second World War. The new government of Vanuatu didn’t come up with the asking price for all the heavy machinery used on the US Forces base previously established here. So when the US closed their base they dumped the machinery into the sea.

This is the result 50 years on….

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Underwater Video Training

Love SCUBA diving and want to share the experience?

Want to expand your filming-making opportunities?

Not getting satisfaction from your camera underwater?

Pushing Fin provides underwater training courses so you can improve your buoyancy & diving skills, get the most from your equipment and understand how making movies underwater differs from “topside”.

Contact Pushing Fin for more information on Underwater Video Training Courses in Krabi, Thailand.

From one day workshops to monthly internships.

All courses include:

  • Study materials.
  • Classroom sessions and practical in-water tuition.
  • “Before and after” reviews to gauge your progress
  • Video editing tuition – no Macs required.

Located in the the beautiful province of Krabi in Southern Thailand with access to coral reefs an incredible diversity of marine life and underwater landscapes.