Underwater videography with Australian Cinematographer

Cinematographer Mark Lapwood NZCS ACS won a Silver ACS Award for the ‘Caught in the Undertow‘ music video. And if you’ve seen the video, it’s easy to see why! However, just how he and the team filmed the underwater footage is harder to fathom.

In an interview with Australian Cinematographer magazine Mark discusses the filming process, equipment, health and safety, and how a Boxfish remotely operated vehicle saved the day.

Extract from Australian Cinematographer Article

C – What were your initial thoughts on the underwater portion of the video?

ML – Initially we thought we’d film underwater with the Alexa in an underwater housing, however it turns out that in 2015 the New Zealand the laws relating to underwater camera operating and workplace safety were changed. It’s a legal requirement now that an underwater operator must have a Code of Compliance (COC) which requires certification in almost every Padi Dive training imaginable, right up to Dive Rescue. Given we were a low-budget production due to shoot within a couple of weeks, this was never going to happen in time.

Extract from interview with Mark Lapwood NZCS ACS

Read the full online article, ‘Caught in the Undertow‘ to learn more about the underwater music video and the role of our professional cinematography drone, the Boxfish Luna. Alternatively, download a copy of the article in pdf format.

About Australian Cinematographer Magazine

Australian Cinematographer Magazine is Asia-Pacific’s leading Cinematography Magazine, and the quarterly journal of the Australian Cinematographer’s Society (ACS). Visit their website to learn how to subscribe.