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#1 Kalilah Robinson

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:34 PM

Before I discovered filmmaking and decided to pursue a career in cinematography I was a professional SCUBA diver working for a couple of outfits in Bermuda. I love diving and the water and would really like to find a way to use my dive skills in the world of cinematography.

Unfortunately, I don't really know where to look to do this. My attempts to find underwater videography or cinematography courses at recreational dive shops have been pretty useless and I'm not familiar with any specialty shops or studios offering this type of training.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? If you know anyone anywhere who might willing to help a camerawoman who dives become a diving camerawoman I'd really appreciate the contact.

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Kalilah
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#2 Tom Jensen

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:32 PM

Pete Romano is the man to talk to. http://www.hydroflex.com/
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:13 PM

Pete Romano is the man to talk to. http://www.hydroflex.com/



Thanks very much Tom.
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#4 robyn Buchanan

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 02:35 PM

Tom is right. You can also talk to Damon at Hydroflex. The phone number is on the website. I am a female cinematography emphasis at Chapman University. I did an underwater shoot on an SR II HS. If you have any questions or would like to see a clip. you can message me.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:21 PM

Because of the affordability of underwater housing and decent cameras to fit in them I would recommend buying one. Then just start shooting. If you are in a resort environment offer to shoot the videos of tourist dives. With new editing systems you can shoot a dive and have a cut video ready the next day. I’ve paid around $50 for these videos on the “Rhone” in the BVI and a “Manta Dive” off of Kona. It is a great way to make some cash and really hone your underwater skills.
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