Dave has 2 decades of experience shooting in challenging underwater environments around the world, from shipwrecks to mid-ocean blue-water dives, caverns to offshore islands, in cold, temperate, and tropical locations. Specializing in 4K and High Definition broadcast acquisition as well as still-photography, he is extremely passionate about sharing the underwater world with others.
Twenty years behind the camera, a degree in marine biology and thousands of hours immersion in the aquatic environment gives him a solid understanding of marine life behaviour and the complexities of filming underwater…whether it be for documentary, commercial or feature film. This translates into the ability to safely deal with difficult working conditions, capture subtle light and colour underwater, and pull together fascinating behavioral sequences of hard-to-film marine life.
Over the course of his career Dave has filmed stories on Great White sharks, Orca, Crocodiles, Nautilus, Giant Cuttlefish spawning, shipwrecks, Manta rays, Giant freshwater eels, Giant Pacific octopus, Marine reserves, Scientific research expeditions, rebreather diving, freediving records, Giant squid dissections and more, for both LAF projects and major broadcast clients all over the world.
UNDERWATER SHOOT LOCATIONS WORKED:
Worldwide.. Papua New Guinea, Palau, Yap, Philippines, Sulawesi, Bali, Komodo, the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, South Australia and Tasmania, Canada, [mid] Pacific Ocean, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, New Caledonia, and all over NZ from the Kermadecs to Stewart Island.
New Zealand: The Kermadec Islands, Three Kings, Northland to Southland inclusive, Stewart Island, Fiordland, The Chatham Islands, most of the mainland’s offshore islands – The Poor Knights/ Great Barrier Island/ White Island/ Kapiti Island etc.
The underwater world is a fantastic medium for communicating concepts in a fresh new way, … engaging with your target audience via a world of spectacular colour, light, and form; – stunning backdrops, weird and beautiful creatures, fine detail and silky-smooth three-dimensional motion.
There is huge and largely untapped potential to create impactful television commercials in this ‘new’ medium, and as an experienced and creative underwater DoP, Dave can bring another dimension to your next ad campaign.