Author: Katy Fraser

Film Shoot

My TEDx Talk – Confusing Survival With Success


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My TEDx talk from last year is finally online! … I think this was one of the hardest but most enjoyable things I have ever done. Public speaking has never been my forte and I would absolutely dread it! Doing this cured me of that and I actually had a great time. To be on a 23M people platform, talking about what I care about … alongside some really inspirational people is a great feeling and I look forward to doing it all over again! Thank you @tedx_official @tedxlstm @katerinacheliotis @sophie_owen87 and @herb.kim for all your support and mentorship and for the amazing opportunity!

Cave Diving Progression, cave world, Dry Caving, Film Shoot, Filming Development

OX Bel Ha


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What better way to make an exciting announcement than with an exciting video to match! Here is a compilation from our shoot in Ox Bel Ha last week.

I would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about an exciting next step. I have recently applied for and received a position as in house camera AC/diver with Silverback Films in Bristol. The team have an impressive background in producing Natural History TV series over the years. Some of their credentials include Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet to name but a few, and more recently ‘The hunt’ on Netflix voiced by Sir David Attenborough with another series ‘Our Planet’ in pursuit this April. Over the next years I will be learning from and working alongside some of the most prolific ‘Blue-Chip’ Natural history camera operators in the world. This will of course mean leaving Mexico and going to live in Bristol by April and so sadly I will be saying good bye to the caves for now and would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me thus far and to those who provided the ‘glowing references’ which helped me attain the position and a significant move forward with my career.

Film/lighting Post-production Katy Fraser
Lighting/guide Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Divers Alina RotzingerDaniele PasinatoLuca Vicenzi
Music LeSage

What better way to make an exciting announcement than with an exciting video to match! Here is a compilation from our shoot in Ox Bel Ha last week.

I would like to take the opportunity to tell you all about an exciting next step. I have recently applied for and received a position as in house camera AC/diver with Silverback Films in Bristol. The team have an impressive background in producing Natural History TV series over the years. Some of their credentials include Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet to name but a few, and more recently ‘The hunt’ on Netflix voiced by Sir David Attenborough with another series ‘Our Planet’ in pursuit this April. Over the next years I will be learning from and working alongside some of the most prolific ‘Blue-Chip’ Natural history camera operators in the world. This will of course mean leaving Mexico and going to live in Bristol by April and so sadly I will be saying good bye to the caves for now and would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me thus far and to those who provided the ‘glowing references’ which helped me attain the position and a significant move forward with my career.

Film/lighting Post-production Katy Fraser
Lighting/guide Mauro Bordignon, Cave World
Divers Alina RotzingerDaniele PasinatoLuca Vicenzi
Music LeSage

#sidemount #cave #cavediving #buceo #k01 #suex #fourthelement #lightmonkeylights #bigbluelights #oxbelha #dpvcave #cenote #dji #drone #jungle #tulum

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Time to tell an underwater story


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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.

Film Shoot, Filming Development

OWUSS Rolex Scholarship Lighting Workshop


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Last month I had the pleasure to run a lighting workshop for The OWUSS North American Rolex Scholar Yann HF with his mentor Jon KierenKIEREN 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!

Film Shoot

A Different Light


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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.

Film and post production Katy Fraser
Lighting Mauro Bordignon & Katy Fraser
Divers Alina RotzingerSimon VelezDavide Felicetti & Flip Vernooij
Music LeSage

cave world, Film Shoot, Filming Development

Cenote Xulo & Mosquito Factory


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It was so much fun shooting Nick Clifford after his stage cave course with Mauro BordignonCave 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!

Film & post-production Katy Fraser
Lighting Mauro Bordignon
Divers Nick CliffordAlina RotzingerSimon Velez & Mauro Bordignon
Music Geno Lesage

cave world, Film Shoot, Filming Development

DPV Cave dive in Tajma Ha


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“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 🙂

cave world, Film Shoot, Filming Development

NEW GH5S!! First Test


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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!

film and post-production Katy Fraser
Lighting Mauro BordignonCave World