Underwater Cinematography

AV8 Media is pleased to announce a series of courses designed to get you confident in shooting in underwater environments from swimming pools to oceans. There are a total of 4 modules, but you may pick what you want to start with depending on your existing skill levels. Participants with no diving experience at all should look at modules 2 to 4.

Duration:

3 Days (21 teaching hours)


Date:

Please contact us for more upcoming dates. Custom courses can be arranged for your organisation if you have a minimum number.


Price:

S$ 1700 (Before 7% GST)


Who Should Attend:

Recommended for directors, actors/actresses and camera operators.


Pre-requisites:

Must be medically fit for underwater activities.

Complete a 200-metre/yard swim or 300-metre/yard swim using a mask, fins and snorkel without stopping.

All participants must have their own underwater video equipment. Diving equipment will be available.


Course Outline:

When underwater, subjects can move in ways very different from on land. When shooting fast motion underwater the camera has to be as fast as the human motion, moving in three dimensions  and ascending and descending freely. In situations like these, diving equipment becomes cumbersome and even restrictive.

The objective of this course is to train film-makers to shoot fast motion underwater with minimal diving equipment and for filmed subjects to perform better underwater for the camera, using principles of free-diving.

This includes,

    . Shots that are suitable for fast motion filming

    . Environmental conditions

    . Proper weighting with the camera and housing

    . Streamlining underwater movement for better shots

    . Equipment for fast motion filming

    . Safety measures

    . The physiological aspects of breath-holding

    . How to extend filming time

    . Underwater styling and make-up considerations

    . Pool practices

    . Practice at depth (sea condition)

Duration:

5 Days (2 days locally and 3 days overseas.)


Date:

Please contact us for more upcoming dates. Custom courses can be arranged for your organisation if you have a minimum number.


Price: TBD

Cost of travel and accommodation (Estimated at  S$250) are not included in the course fee and are borne by the participant


Who Should Attend:

Directors, camera operators, DOPs, and producers.


Course Outline:

70% of the Earth is covered with water and  there are far more unexplored realms below than on land. Filming underwater has vast potential for story and production value . Be it in the ocean or in the pool, it adds another dimension to cinematic production.

In order to shoot  underwater, the participant must know his filming and underwater equipment well and know how to manoeuvre properly with this equipment . Proper training to overcome the challenges of an underwater shot can provide truly rewarding returns.

The objective of this course is to train participants to film underwater, both in the pool and in the open water environment.

Topics covered include,

    • The objectives of filming underwater

    • The look and feel of the moving image underwater

    • Sight, sound and temperature, how these factors affect camera work

    • Proper weighting for the cameraman

    • Equipment requirements for filming underwater

    • Accessories for camera

    • Ethics of filming in the sea

    • Practice in the pool and sea

    • Underwater Videographer certification

Duration: 

4 days (1 day locally and 3 days overseas.)


Date:

Please contact us for more upcoming dates. Custom courses can be arranged for your organisation if you have a minimum number.


Price: TBD

Cost of travel and accommodation (Estimated at  S$250) are not included in the course fee and are borne by the participant


Who Should Attend:

Directors, camera operators, DOPs, and producers.


Pre-requisite:

Underwater Imaging Diver, medical clearance.

All participants must have their own underwater video equipment. Diving equipment and lighting rigs will be provided. 



Course Outline:

Just as with different terrains and climatic conditions on land, film-makers will be exposed to varying conditions while shooting underwater. Through an understanding and guided exposure to some of these environments, the film-maker can then adapt competently, with the skills and right equipment, and incorporate these elements to enrich his story. 

In this course, participants will learn:

    • Understand different marine environments for filming

    • Filming in shallow water

        ◦ Crossing the boundary between land and sea

        ◦ Benign conditions

    • Filming in deep water

        ◦ Objectives for filming in deep water

        ◦ Lighting effect in deep water

    • Filming at night

        ◦ Negative space for filming

        ◦ A different look at existing sites

    • Planning and mapping out your underwater working space

    • Specialised equipment for different environments

    • Proper weighting with more filming equipment

    • Hazards from the environment

    • Logistics for filming in marine environment

    • Content generation with awareness of current issues with the ocean, eg marine resource management, shark extinction and coral bleaching.

    • Practice at sea

Duration:

5 Days (2 days locally and 3 days overseas.)


Date:

Please contact us for more upcoming dates. Custom courses can be arranged for your organisation if you have a minimum number.


Price: TBD

Travel fees of about S$ 250 are not included in the fee.


Who Should Attend:

Directors, camera operators, DOPs, and producers.


Pre-requisite:

Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent, and Digital Underwater Imaging Diver certification.

All participants must have their own underwater video equipment. Diving equipment and lighting rigs can be provided.


Course Outline:

Film production involving underwater work requires a specialised crew, keen awareness of the local regulations and niche production knowledge.

Directors and Producers need to know the options available to them and work within their resources. It is imperative for crew involved with underwater operations to be trained properly for their roles. Being underwater, the environmental factor is against them, but with proper training and management, we can prevent the entire production set from being jeopardised.

The objective of this course is to train participants to fulfil the framework requirements that regulate underwater film operation in a specific area.

In this course, participants will learn:

    . Production scope of underwater operations

        . In confined benign conditions (in a pool or aquarium)

        . In open water (sea)

    . Awareness of the relevant local laws and regulations governing underwater media production, in accordance:

        . Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

        . Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC)

        . Singapore Standards SS 511

    . Roles and responsibilities on set

    . Budgeting for diving camera operators and respective crew

    . Underwater communication system

    . Safety requirements for operations involving underwater filming

    . Risk assessment

    . Location permission for underwater filming

    . Safety training for underwater media operations for enclosed benign conditions

    . Hazard management during underwater filming

    . Practice at sea

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