Jobs Done

Some of the latest jobs done included: logistics – marine safety – cameramen – training – budgets – boats and dive gear rental – local transportation

Oceans – BBC Natural History series

From left to right: Paul Rose (Explorer and BBC Team leader; Diego Gioseffi, Submerge Operations Manager; Tanausu Gomez, Manta Reef Dive boss, Dr. Mathew Richmond, Marine Biologist and Anne Laking, Ocean’s Executive Producer

While working in an environmental project in Pemba Island, we participate in the operations and logistics of the production of “Oceans”, a new BBC series, created by many of the producers of the Blue Planet, the most important documentary underwater ever produced. “Working with the international crew of one of the most professional underwater cinematographers was a privilege for us”, says Tanausu Gomez, Dive Boss. ”Beside shooting the scout and showing them our favorite dive sites, we were in charge of organizing the boats and safety divers. They were highly impressed to find a pro team in that remote location. Being recognized by the top guys gives us confidence in our professional work and inspired us to keep working for a global environmental education through underwater image”

Hudson River Project: Live @ Night from the bottom Dan Crowell, videographer and Mike Raftery, research diver

“While a panel of scientists and environmentalists, as well as the divers, agreed that the Hudson River would never return to its original pristine state, marine life had made a comeback and could continue to thrive with strict enforcement of environmental laws, especially those regarding dumping, and the regulation of construction along the water” (NY Times) Full article

“Working with Cathy Drew and David Fink of the Hudson river Project, a non profit organization, was a great opportunity to learn about the NYC estuary and the ecology of coastal waters of a big city” says Diego Gioseffi, Operations Manager of Submerge Image School. “My job synchronizing the live underwater video operation with the fund-raising event at the pier was quite challenging. We had lot of important people out there plus the New York Times reporters, and the goal was to make a live show from the bottom of the river. It needed a great deal of planning and timing.  Working with Dan Crowell, award winning film maker and videographer and a respected figure in the world of diving it was an enriching experience for Submerge”

Beach Patrol Honolulu:  Documentary on Hawaiian lifeguards

Shooting reality style documentary of the best trained lifeguards in the world, needless to say, is not Bay Watch. Working with the best reality show cameramen and producers in the world (The Academy and Desperate Housewives, among others) give us a different perspective in documentary art. We provided to Evolution, an L.A. based Production Company, with camera assistance, logistics and show them the Aloha flavor of the islands. “It was pretty interesting,” says David Loganbill, a lifeguard on Oahu for the past 17 years.” At first, to be honest, some of us lifeguards were a little skeptical about having film crews and cameras and sound equipment all around us and following us to every incident that we respond to. But we got used to it pretty quickly. They gave us a lot of space, and were very respectful of our job and what we had to do.”

“Even though the final cut was somehow dramatic and exaggerated”, says Diego Gioseffi, underwater cameraman “and not exactly the kind of documentary I would like to produce, it showed me all the stages of a well done reality TV production”

Ancient Dhow: Short documentary on Indian Ocean fishermen’s lives

Co-Produced by Rafiki, a Dar-Salaam based production company, we supply with still and video cameras (air, land and water) in the Zanzibar Archipelago. One of the easiest parts was work with the incredible warm Swahili people, a mixed culture of African, Arabic, Hindu and European origins. Always happy and proud to show their free diving team hunting expertise and their amazing sailing skills, (quality that amazed more than 500 years ago to Vasco da Gama, the first European to travel to East African waters)

Shooting in small dhows and follow the free divers spear fishing in all kind of water conditions was lot more challenging. “We went fishing with Omar, the local witch-doctor, who is also a great diver and captain, and one of the only ones that speak English” says Martin Dapice, Submerge Volunteer Coordinator “I even convinced them to take me far away in the ngalawa to a break in the middle of the ocean to try some surfing. At first they thought I was crazy, but they were not scared and they took me there…It was me who started to have second thoughts, but I jumped out with the board and did ride some good waves. Something you can’t get anywhere else in the world” Currently, Submerge is looking for funds to shoot a long documentary in Pemba Island, the infamous Devil’s Island, one the centers of the African shamanism.