Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot, Filming Development, ProTec

Cenote Tortuga


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I absolutely love this dive site. The salt water passages and phreatic tunnels are something else! This is quite a deep site and great practise for me filming with multiple stages on open circuit. With an average depth of 18m, over an 190 minute dive time, and the remoteness of location requiring some marginally strenuous lifting. We applied extra deco obligations to air on the conservative side at the end of the dive!

It was an awesome three hour dive with Patrick and Hans which allowed them to make some final tweaks to their units and get in some practise together before they headed off to Madagascar for their cave expedition in May 2016.

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Music by Bassline Drift

 

Film Shoot, Filming Development, ProTec

Nohoch Na Chich 2016


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Short film from private shoot of client Raymond with ProTec instructor Toro on a guided cave dive. We chose Nohoch downstream as it is smaller caver and fun to be creative with light. As it was essentially a one man shoot I find it makes more sense to keep the cave small and therefore light more concentrated and you then have the ability to apply more depth of field. The cave is very shallow at an average depth of 7m so that allows lots of time on a sidemount set to get a variety of shots to keep the film interesting!

A huge THANK YOU to Bassline Drift for my custom made sound track! ‘Bass dragons’ in all the right place haha.

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Lighting by SJ Alice Bennett

 

 

Filming Development, Music Video

Behind the scenes of ‘Nature’


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Quick peak on location at Diving Prestige SA and behind the scenes for the music video. Trying very hard on this edit not to give too much away! This is will be last video diary until the Music Video is finished for spoiler purposes.

The aim of the finished product is to echo the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ by the way of movement, visual transition and colour.

Filmed and edited by Katy Fraser
Model SJ Bennett
Music by Bassline Drift

Filming Development, Music Video

Pool Material Testing


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Some behind the scenes in preparation for the next creative shoot, another underwater OFFICIAL Music Video for Bassline Drift .

We got some surprisingly aesthetic shots playing around in our little pool with material and ideas … and maybe had way too much fun!

Filmed and edited: Katy Fraser
Model: SJ Alice Bennett
Music: Estranged by DYR FASER

Film Shoot, Filming Development, Music Video

OFFICIAL Music Video – Bassline Drift ‘Drink the Water Down’


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This ‘water’ led a someone down a deep rabbit hole that has her a little confused, but, everything is beautiful so she has no need to worry. Everything will continue to be beautiful and no reason to fear because fear is only an illusion in the mind.

So proud to have had the opportunity to direct, shoot and produce this very special music video. It has been a totally different area of filming for me and one I have definitely fallen in love with. Many, many hours of hard work, both in the Cenotes of the Riviera Maya and behind the computer have gone into this one!

I am very excited to share it with you all!

 

Directed and Produced: Katy Fraser
Director of Photography/Camera: Katy Fraser
Drone Pilot: Katy Fraser
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She Dives Tech
katy@shedivestech.com

Second Camera: Sarah-Jane Bennett
www.thepapercloudstudio.com
sj@thepapercloudstudio.com

Freediver: Naomi Gittoes
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Naomi Gittoes – Artist Page
naomi@naomigittoes.com

Bassline Drift:
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

Special thanks:
Christian Vizl UWPhotography
christianvizl.com
ProTec DiveCenter
protecdiving.com

Film Shoot, Filming Development, Music Video

Bassline Drift Music Video – Behind the scenes


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Running in tandem with the cave and technical diving projects I am involved with, is an exciting underwater creative performance arts project with Australian free diver and artist Naomi Gittoes.

Here is a sneak peak behind the scenes of what we got up to! – Music by CloZee

In August 2015 I began to shoot an official music video for an up and coming music group called Baseline Drift and their song ‘Drink the Water Down’. This was a totally different area for me and it was so much fun to shoot in the cenotes with huge lengths of red material and lots of weird and wonderful props. The film is set for release in Feb 2015, I really hope it marks the start of more projects like this one!

Film Shoot

PADI IDC Skill Circuit 2015


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I was approached by Nat Lefort, who is a course director at Scuba Playa ( http://www.scubaplayaproacademy.com ) to produce a complete PADI recreational skill demonstration series.

The great thing about being based in Playa del Carmen is we have access to some beautiful cenotes which are often used as confined water. This proved to be a perfect aesthetic base for the short films, it was a lot of fun to shoot and I thought it was a great change to the other skill videos which are normally shot in pools!

Hopefully the videos will continue to be well received and a help for new up and coming IDC candidates in the future!

Part 1 “Surface Skills”

Part 2 “Shallow Water Skills”

Part 3 “Deep Water Skills”

Part 4 “Skin Diving Skills”

Cave Diving Progression, Film Shoot, Filming Development, ProTec

ProTec Riverrun Cave Shoot


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We went out for the first time to film as a team on a stage dive at Ponderosa on the River Run line. Rob and Patrick took on the roles of models and Toro and I teamed up as film and lighting crew. It was great to work with someone doing my lighting and also acting as my safety diver. For a first time I think we got some awesome shots, it’s not as easy as it looks! I am very happy with the result!

Underwater film and editing by Katy Fraser
Land film and lighting by Toro

Panasonic GH4
Nauticam Housing/7-14mm lens/Wideangle Dome Port
Keldan Lights Luna 4

Film Shoot, Filming Development

Hollis BTR500 drysuit – Behind the scenes


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Recently with the help of good friends Tamara May (from Dive Like a Ninja) and (Marielle Pronk) from Sirius Diving, I went about filming, modeling, directing and producing a shoot for the new Hollis BTR500 drysuit.

In April I returned from a trip to England and South Africa and when I arrived back we had a time frame of 10 days for the shoot as both Marielle and Tamara were due to leave. I had been running over how I would like the film shot while I was away and after spending some time with BBC Cinematographer Sean Leslie in Cape Town and showing him my past work, we discussed how I could take my filming to the next level.

I got the opportunity to visit AFDA film school where Sean lectures in Cape Town. I spent some time with his second years watching them colour grade a current film project they were working on. I got to see how they filmed the movies and all the camera angles and came to the conclusion that having a story line with any project, even if I am just shooting diving equipment makes a film so much more interesting.

The story line I wanted to follow for this shoot was a transition from what Tamara and I both were into who we are now. I wanted to promote the Hollis gear but in a more artistic way than I usually do, by the story line being the main theme and the gear being promoted through us kitting up and diving it.

The film starts with a kind of search through the jungle and dry caves to correlate with all the twists, turns and adventure a career in the technical diving industry has taken us on. I am so lucky here in Mexico because there is so much natural medial to play with. Aesthetically the shots are beautiful and combined with the chiffon skirts we were wearing the light and the wind enabled us to use it to add another dimension to the intro of the video.

This artistic theme fed over into the underwater portion. I wanted to create an ‘Alice falling down the Rabbit hole’ vibe when we reached the water and jumped in with both feet, symbolising that we both have really given it everything since we started. A free diving portion entailed which was pretty challenging for me to say the least. There was so much laughter while both of us were trying to be graceful at the same time as holding our breath.

I wanted to portray a stripping away of certain aspects of femininity and material attributes in the form of dropping jewellery and undressing. We have both lived out of a back packs for long periods of time and constantly moved around the world trying at the same time to stick to a budget. You really do have to give up a lot of the things you held on to in a past life, be it fashion/make up, home comforts, and earning enough to buy absolutely everything you want. There is rarely room for it when beginning to live a life devoted to diving. Buying new diving and camera gear, doing courses and paying rent pretty much takes up most of the monthly budget and to be honest it makes me so happy I wouldn’t change it for the world. I overlaid these images with film of us beginning to gear up in the drysuit and other Hollis gear as we were taking off our clothes and jewellery. This acted as the kind of exchange of lives I was explaining before. The film then moved into us diving. Up until this point we had shot film of us very separately, as we didn’t really know each other until we met in Egypt over a year ago now, although we were in places at the same time before hand but just never crossed paths.

Diving with Tamara is awesome, we have this synchronicity that I am yet to find in another diving buddy and I wanted to show this in capturing our descents and some skill sets in unison. It took several attempts to get it perfect, trying to place video lights perfectly and figuring out where we wanted to shoot to get the background and lighting right. It however, mainly came down to the fact I was still figuring out my weighting with some new gear and also Marielle went away for a few days during this time and we spent a whole day in Chikin Ha cenote with my housing mounted to a tripod doing helicopter turns and other skill sets in front of the camera only to come home and find we were too high in the shot! So we had to do that again the next day. This in particular really made me appreciate how beneficial delegating to a second camera person is, especially when your trying to play the roles of director, model and camera person yourself!

This shoot, once post production is finished, is probably going to be one of the strongest pieces of work I have done and it was honestly so much fun to do. Working with the girls is great and all of us having fairly open minds allowed us to come up with more ideas to make my idea grow to be even better.

This is a video of some shots I didn’t use in my final film, some out takes but mainly to give people an insight into what goes on behind the camera and how much fun we have!