"Muck diving" like never before...
There is no doubt Jacques would be jealous. Sure, he had pristine reefs and healthier fish populations but the guy was swimming around with a flare as a dive light and a fire extinguisher as a tank (it’s a bit of an exaggeration but his gear was pretty primitive). Today, we enjoy hoseless dive computers that transmit tank pressure, titanium regulators that weigh less than a bottle of beer, and wetsuits that are more comfortable than most day spa robes (another exaggeration). And if you want to compare the imaging equipment…forget about it. Our camera gear would’ve blown his mind.
As technology continues to transform the dive industry, we the imagemakers prosper. With brighter lights, bigger sensors, higher resolutions and better optics come the ability to capture subjects and behaviors never before obtainable.
The short film, The Not So Silent World, combines all these advents in technology with a fresh perspective on the post-production process. It’s not just about the acquisition of the image, it is how the images are packaged and presented that have the most impact on the viewer. Through an untraditional approach to editing and the addition of sound effects, this film takes you into “the muck” like never before.
Hidden amongst its 18,000 islands, Indonesia hides a roughly four mile stretch of incredible diving. But don’t expect schooling barracudas or gatherings of mantas. This area, named Tulamben, is noted for its muck diving. The stars of the show are typically only an inch or two in length and often barely visible with the naked eye. These subjects were once too small to properly shoot but now, well now they fill the screen with detail, color, and motion.
So channel your inner Cousteau, turn up the volume and enjoy the show.
Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specializes in underwater imaging. Based out of Orange County, California, Seasick Productions provides on location and studio production services around the world. Evan’s first dive with a camera, he fell in love with underwater videography. His second dive with a camera, he flooded it. He was 19 and had already learned a critical lesson about life as a professional underwater cameraman: passion fuels the artist, tools allow the artist to be. Evan later received his B.A. in Film and Electronic Media from California State University Long Beach. Evan’s professional underwater credits include television networks, Fortune 500 companies and numerous entities within the dive industry.
Evan’s recent film, Bali Close Up (see: taucher.net/diveinside-seeing_bali), earned top honors at the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix in Germany, Video of the Year at the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition in Singapore, the Best of Show and Stan Waterman Legacy Award at the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival in Roatan, and Silver at the Our World Underwater Video Competition. He is a contributor for DivePhotoGuide and a SEA&SEA Alpha, ambassador for their products. Throughout the year Evan conducts dive expeditions and imaging workshops.