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#1 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 01:30 PM

I have a possible shoot coming up a few months from now that may require a bit of underwater shooting.

Apart from being SCUBA certified, what else is pertinent to know before "diving in"! ;)
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#2 indiefilmgal

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 02:31 PM

depends on a lot of things i guess...watch out for sharks?
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#3 Richard Boddington

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 03:11 PM

I have a possible shoot coming up a few months from now that may require a bit of underwater shooting.

Apart from being SCUBA certified, what else is pertinent to know before "diving in"! ;)


Well it's quite tough for a new diver to shoot any thing decent underwater. The main thing a diver needs to master is neutral buoyancy control. This is where you neither sink or float up, you stay level in the water. This is critical for shooting video.

Diving is one skill one needs to master, shooting video is another skill, marrying the two does take some time and lots of practice. You have to watch your camera controls and dive gauges to make sure you don't kill your self.

I've shot a lot of video underwater and my early stuff isn't that great at all. The easiest way to shoot underwater is to use the sea bed to kneel or lay on, and then shoot. This way you have a platform to shoot on.

I'm proud to say Turner Networks used some of my great white footage in one of their montage promos :D

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#4 Ryan Patrick OHara

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 10:01 AM

The American Cinematographers handbook has a chapter on underwater cinematography that might be worth reading. It's on page 356 of the 9th edition.
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