Earlier this month I was very lucky to catch up with Manolo Mendieta. With the help of Davide Felicetti and Michael Silva Netto we trekked deep into the jungle to a cenote Xibalba Schmittner kindly showed me a while ago. In search of some crazy light beams and a cenote to ourselves for Manolo to shoot in, it was the perfect place! Here is some footage from when I got to have a play with Manolo’s RED Digital Cinema Scarlet – W which has a 5k Dragon sensor. Even through the LCD screen I could see that this camera is phenomenal. It was great to get the hang of the functions and zoom/focus gear and some nice shots of Manolo who like myself is usually comfortably sat on the other side of the lens. Thank you Scott Carnahan for the introductions! I feel the start of a beautiful friendship coming on 🙂 It’s always nice to meet someone in the film industry who is encouraging and open in terms of their knowledge and skillset. Manolo has shot some really impressive natural history documentaries over the years for BBC, Nat Geo Wild and Red Bull to name a few with more coming next year. You can check out his work at https://www.spuncofilms.com/
It’s time to get creative again! Today we laser cut all the stencils and gobos I plan to use in my next shoot. SO grateful to have access to awesome people and equipment that can translate my imagination into reality. Alina and I tested out the shapes and sizes we would need and light gels a few weeks ago. Today Richi from Atomic Weightput the designs through auto cad and into the laser machine. I have an exciting week to look forward to with some CCR starting tomorrow and over the next weeks. Looking forward to catching up with Manolo Mendieta (check out his work https://www.spuncofilms.com) for some RED Digital Cinema action with Davide Felicetti over the weekend, somewhere in between all that I will be taking this creative lighting concept into the water ASAP.
Last month I had the pleasure to run a lighting workshop for The OWUSS North American Rolex Scholar Yann HF with his mentor Jon Kieren, KIEREN Technical through Underworld Tulum.
In the video I aim to walk you through the preparation of creating a scene in an aesthetic way. Yann worked hard thinking about light placement whilst dealing with the buoyancy changes involved with picking up and placing lights. The video then transitions into Jon and Yann working as a dive team as they would in a real shoot while the camera is rolling. They have to think about positioning, choosing the correct path to run a line through the set up and using face lights. I think we can all agree they did an excellent job at light placement and modeling, the cavern looks stunning. Best of luck Yann and very happy to have introduced you to my area of work!
Once upon a time in a Galaxy far far away … we gelled lots and lots of video lights transforming the caves here in the Riviera Maya into something truely out of this world. Here we take a journey through roots, under air domes and over haloclines. Needless to say this was extremely fun to shoot!
Big thank you to everyone involved and Makito Japanese and Thai restaurant in Puerto Aventuras and Zero Gravity Dive Center Mexico for your support with equipment.
It was so much fun shooting Nick Clifford after his stage cave course with Mauro Bordignon, Cave World. We had over 200,000 lumens of light to play with in some absolutely beautiful cave off the beaten path!! Hope to see you soon Nick, you did a great job for your first shoot!
Cenote Carwash was back to it’s more normal self after a lot of heavy rain made it rather tannic! This was an excellent opportunity to play around with and test some sequence ideas. Very excited to begin to shoot some safety orientated short films with Mauro, Cave World.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
Marking 3 years of collaboration with Bassline Drift and to many more years of teamwork with this group of people! Over 3 hours of placing light, waiting, modeling and all round having fun being creative. Big thanks to Marty O’ Farrell for the use of some BIG Big Blue lights/HID’s and your support with my work.
Inbetween some exciting projects with more exciting people in the next months look out for more of these compilations capturing some places around in a different light 🙂
Just a smidge over the moon with my new Panasonic GH5 S camera and Nauticam housing! 😍 We put it through it’s paces today pushing its ISO limits with a trial in a large cavern on Chinese Garden line in Cenote Tajma-Ha. It soars past my old GH4 in leaps and bounds in regards to low light … really excited to see what more it can do in the many ideas that are flowing already!
Refreshing to work with another creative! Bernadette and I teamed up to practise playing around with lighting in caverns yesterday, moved into cave today and will be diving again tomorrow. So far so good, communication is getting really smooth, I think we will have our own secret language by the end of this project … More footage to come!!
Marking all my little editing projects up to date … for now. Here is some stunning halocline, shot in Xunaan Ha! Alina and Simon did very well juggling lights for the first time and were very patient models … look forward to shooting more with you guys in the future. Tomorrow onto new projects at Cenote car wash with Bernadette ☺