Film Shoot, Filming Development

Journey to the Lion City part I


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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
LeSage lesagemusic.com/
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 Shoot, Filming Development, Music Video

Polar Pro ND4-PL Mavic pro filter review


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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.

 

 

Film Shoot, Filming Development, Music Video

Bassline Drift Nature – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO


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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
Katy Fraser
https://shedivestech.com/
facebook.com/She-Dives-Tech-661886793905612/
katy@shedivestech.com

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CAMERA
Katy Fraser

MODEL
SJ Alice Bennett
sj@midnightdust.com

PRODUCTION DESIGN
SJ Alice Bennett
Katy Fraser

MUSIC
BASSLINE DRIFT
http://www.basslinedrift.com
soundcloud.com/basslinedrift
facebook.com/basslinedrift
youtube.com/basslinedrift
twitter.com/basslinedrift
Spotify: play.spotify.com/artist/5JswE3yJjoqWuEdFEHpXqa
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/ie/artist/bassline-drift/id972120766

SURFACE CAMERA
Diego Lozano
http://www.diegolozano.net/

LOCATION
Diving Prestige SA
http://www.divingprestige.com

CREATIVE ADVISORS
SJ Alice Bennett
Patrick Widmann
Phillip Lehman
Rachel Sink Lindsay
Keli Marks

LOGISTICS
ProTec DiveCenter
http://www.protecdivecenters.com
DiversUnder Ground
http://www.diversunderground.com

Film Shoot, Filming Development, ProTec

TRAILER “A Peace Within” – Out of Darkness into Light


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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!

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Logistics/Safety diver Jaime De La Puerta Salazar
Logistics ProTec DiveCenter
Lighting Tamara Lelani May
Safety diver/lighting Skanda Cophield
Music Bassline Drift

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Philip Gray – Cenote Carwash ‘Extreme Art’


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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!!

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by Tamara Lelani May
Safety diver and logistics Jaime De La Puerta
Music by ill.Gates

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Philip Gray – Casa Cenote ‘Extreme Art’


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Tempted to say my favourite of the shoot so far! The diversity of the cenotes here is just incredible! Today we headed to Casa Cenote and in Philip‘s words “the light beams are almost biblical”. To be honest this is such an aesthetic dive site and providing conditions are right as it’s connects straight into the ocean it really is hard to take a bad shot!

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by Tamara Lelani May
Safety diver and logistics by Jaime De La Puerta Salazar
Music by WOLF-e-WOLF

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Philip Gray – Calavera ‘Extreme Art’


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We shot at Calavera  for the third canvas in the collection, otherwise know as the ‘Temple of Doom”. This was a more challenging shoot as the painting sat in the halo-cline and so a lot of the shots were hard to focus. The visibility wasn’t at it’s best and the beams not at their brightest. These things happen when your shooting on location and have no control over the elements and nature. Only two paintings left, and Philip has chosen Carwash and Casa Cenote. 


Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by Tamara Lelani May
Safety diver/logistics Jaime De La Puerta Salazar
Music by Zebbler Encanti Experience

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Philip Gray – Pit II ‘Extreme Art’


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We went back to ‘The Pit’ today for Philip‘s second canvas of the collection and to experiment with some different paint application techniques. Another beautiful painting emerged from the depths boasting a particularly spectacular perspective of the Pit.

Up bright and early tomorrow for a change of site for Shoot III – Canvas III.


Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by Tamara Lelani May
Music by Zebbler Encanti Experience
Safety Divers Jaime De La Puerta Salazar & Skanda Cophield

 

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Philip Gray – Pit I ‘Extreme Art’


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It was incredible capturing the painting coming to life , also seeing the teams careful planning and preparation coming together! The day has been long day but massively rewarding, fun and an invaluable filming experience. This is the first of a series of  underwater oil painting Philip is creating!

Very grateful to be involved!

Enjoy a short film from day one giving you an insight into Philip Gray’s world of ‘Extreme Art’

 

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by Tamara Lelani May
Logisitics/safety diver Jaime De La Puerta Salazar