Short compilation of Minotauro. The colours and formations in this cave are just beautiful … For a first video dive with lots of Big Blue Lights Nadia and Stefano did extremely well. Thank you for your application and patience it was a lot of fun!
I am very excited to kick off my new collaboration with Mauro Bordignon and his company cave world with this moody dark short compilation of a spectacular dive playing with the reflections in this cave system.
Currently I am making a documentary on a new cave system ‘String of Pearls’ which is currently under exploration by Harry Gust and still growing!
It’s such an awesome place and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to shoot and document this cave.
This beauty is Cenote “First Timer” a cenote in the String of Pearls system! It hasn’t been visited since 2006. Harry attached a rope through the hole which you see top right and it was about a 5m descent to the floor. I then proceeded to get incredibly muddy and light the cave up for shooting some spectacular footage. I feel so fortunate to have spent the day in this amazing place with the bats!
Sebastien Kister‘s MNemo has been a game changer in Harry’s exploration and surveying of “String of Pearls”. It was really interesting to see it being put through it’s paces today and how fast and easy it is to use. Here is a short clip demonstrating just that …
If you are interested to find out more about the surveying tool check out Ariane’s Line and stay tuned for the documentary Harry and I are producing about this cave system which will include an in depth feature about device and it’s use in cave exploration.Film and post-production Katy Fraser
Product design Sebastien Kister
Explorer Harry Gust Tek-Center Cave Diving Mexico
Lighting Christine Loew Diving Caves
Music Geno LeSage
So here we are! The first diary entry for my next exciting project …
In Feb I completed a TDI Mod 1 JJ CCR course with Matt Jevon. This is to prepare me to shoot Philip Gray on his next extreme art venture where he will paint China’s ‘Shi Cheng’ or the Lion City. This city is submerged in a fresh water lake, at 40m, with some buildings dating back 1000’s of years.
It is so beautifully preserved and I am very much looking forward capture Philip putting the City onto canvas and bringing it to life … Definitely will be a first!
Matt is in charge of the logistics and assembling the rest of the team comprising of safety divers for both Philip and myself, lighting, local logistics/translator and an on site technician.
I will be training in the UK, Ireland, Mexico and Egypt over the time leading up to the project.
Film and Post-production Katy Fraser, She Dives Tech, Underwater Performance Art
Shi Cheng Footage Wei Zhang unscuba.com/
Behind the scenes camera John Cafaro & Adriana Otero
Model Emily Hong
Music Bassline Drift soundcloud.com/basslinedrift
Logistics South West Technical Diving, Diving Prestige SA, Third Dimension Diving & ProTec DiveCenters
I am so grateful to be supported by JJ-ccr Rebreathers, Bold Strokes, Light Monkey, Xdeep, PolarPro and most recently Fourth Element in my daily dive gear/equipment and this project!
#chinaproject #extremeart #jjccr #unscuba #shedivestech #sunkencity #underwaterfilm #underwaterpainting #southwesttech #makeboldstrokes #xdeep #apeks #nauticam #panasonicgh4 #polarpro #lightmonkey #TDI #cenotes #mod1 #helitrox #fourthelement
Film and post production Katy Fraser
Behind the scenes camera Adriana Otero
Model Emily Hong
Location Diving Prestige SA
Music Lesage#underwaterperfomanceart #chinaproject #nauticam #polarpro#aurorafilters
Take a peak behind the scenes of last nights shoot for a Philip Gray Art project that will be announced later this week! Emily did an amazing job at her second go at modelling underwater. My life was made much easier with Yasmine positioning props and doing some lighting. Big thank you to Adriana for coming along to shoot behind the scenes on land and underwater.
It is also my pleasure to announce an exciting new collaboration with PolarPro who design and manufacture high end camera filters and accessories. I used one of their filters for the first time with my DJI MAVIC PRO and will be doing a series of review videos as I test out their products on my upcoming shoots! https://www.polarprofilters.com/
As always much love to Bassline Drift for providing me with a awesome custom track for the video.
Bassline Drift ‘Nature’ – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
This is the latest music video shot for Bassline Drift’s new single ‘Nature’.
Using two 15,000 lumen video lights at night and carefully selected material, the idea was to loosely depict the metamorphosis of a butterfly to create a visually pleasing sequence and story. Playing on reflection was the key to incorporating a butterfly theme that ties nicely in with the song title ‘nature’.
This shoot was a completely unique experience for me. It held lots of challenges as many times it went late into the night and working with material is a variable in itself! It was shot over four days at the amazing Diving Prestige Villa (www.divingprestige.com) earlier in the year. Although no special effects were used, the post production had to be meticulously done to produce not just an aesthetic motion picture, but also a piece that compliments both the flow of the music and weaves in music artists Keli and Sink.
SJ who was the model, assisted on my previous shoot with freediver and artist Naomi Gittoes who although could not be present has to be thanked for her huge role in the birth of these underwater music video shoots! I hope you can be here for the next 🙂 SJ is not a professional freediver but never the less did an amazing job with her perseverance in an extremely challenging role. It is no easy task to hold you breath upside down whilst manipulating your body and materials in an elegant and beautiful way! We spent many nights stitching material, practising in our little roof pool, freezing our butts off and laughing into the early hours trying to get the shots picture perfect. A big thank your for your invaluable role in the creation of this film.
Keli and Rachel throughout the editing were thoroughly engaged and involved. Their constant excitement and great creative input definitely helped to mould the film into what you see here. It is so amazing to be able to combine passions in our unlikely, unique, little collaboration and I can’t wait to do more work with you guys, you have become an invaluable part of my post production in all areas of my filming.
It was shot with a Panasonic GH4 with a 17-35mm lens in a Nauticam Housing and 2 x 15,000 Bigblue Dive Lights – USA Headquarters
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CAMERA
SJ Alice Bennett
SJ Alice Bennett
Diving Prestige SA
SJ Alice Bennett
Rachel Sink Lindsay
Here is the OFFICIAL trailer for “A Peace Within” – Out of Darkness into Light.
Philip Gray was dubbed ‘extreme artist’ after a number of expeditions he undertook to paint. He has travelled far and wide to places like Everest, Antartica and deep into the Borneo Rainforest just to name a few locations!
Last month he came here to Quintana Roo in Mexico with aims of capturing the Cenotes by painting UNDER WATER. This was not the first time he has painted under water and the Cenotes proved a different beast all together, even when compared to painting under an Ice Berg or with the Tiger Sharks of the Bahamas.
Meticulous logistical planning was undergone by ProTec DiveCenter to ensure that painting in the overhead environment was both safe and the conservation of the Cenotes was paramount. Over the week he was with us he produced several beautiful Canvas’ truly capturing the beauty of The Pit, Calavera (Temple of Doom), Casa Cenote and Cenote Carwash!
This trailer will be distributed throughout DeMontfort Fine Art Official galleries across the UK and Cruise Ships to launch his new collection “A Peace Within”.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to shoot and produce this project, something so far removed from anything else I have undertaken. It’s been a challenge, an invaluable experience and most of all A LOT of FUN!
The last, but by NO means least canvas of Philip‘s collection.
Today we went to Carwash, between the misty skeleton trees into the twilight zone to paint. I ADORE carwash, it’s not the first shoot I have done here and it certainly won’t be the last. I love sinking through the cloud layer to a scenery below that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale.
I will now be focusing of editing a documentary together for the foreseeable. Stay tuned!!