Archive for February, 2007

Misool Eco Resort – Promo Video

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2007 by shawnheinrichs

Phase III of the Misool Eco Resort project is complete. I traveled Misool and captured extensive footage of the marine protected area surrounding the resort island. This was follow up by hours and hours of editing, motion graphics and sound production work. The end product included a high definition video for use at trade shows, a marketing DVD featuring the underwater and surface beauty of the resort, and web videos to be featured on Misool Eco Resort website.

The diversity and sheer quantity of marine life is staggering. Having filmed underwater in some of the most impressive locations around the planet, I can say with confidence that this is one of the richest marine environments I have ever experienced. With only one short week to film on this visit, I spent dive after dive immersed in dense schools of reef fish while floating over countless species of hard and soft corals.

The next phase of the project will focus on tracking the progress of the resort construction. I expect to return in November of 2007, to film the resort facilities as they approach completion. I also will spend as much time as possible underwater capturing more of the underwater beauty of this amazing marine ecosystem.

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Trim and Weight Bluefin HD with UWA/80/Flat Port

Posted in production, tips & technique, Uncategorized, video on February 1, 2007 by shawnheinrichs

UWA LENS:

I have been able to trim and weight my housing using the UWA to just slightly negative and completely level. This is exactly how i want it. I purchased L&Ms tripod base mount ($75 I think) and used high density foam. I have the shorter battery pods from my older Bluefin 950 housing. If you are using the bigger pods, this option will need some adjusting. My set up is very nicely balanced, stable and still streamlined. Here’s how I set it up:

  • 2 track weights moved all the way to the back of the rails in the housing
  • Pods attached with batteries inside (when using and not using lights)

(Below are pictures of how I configured my housing)

80 DEGREE AND FLAT PORT:

HID Lights and Batteries Attached:

80 Degree Lens:

2 weights installed

looking in from back of housing…

  • Right weight 3/4 toward back plate
  • Left weight 2/3 toward back plate

Flat Port:

2 weights installed

looking in from back of housing…

  • Right weight 2/3 toward back plate
  • Left weight just front of centered

Housing and No Lights/Batteries:

80 Degree Lens:

4 weights installed

  • Right weights: 1 center and 1 7/8th toward the back
  • Left weights: 1 front of center and 1 3/4 toward the back

Flat Port:

4 weights installed

  • Right weights: 1 center and 1 3/4 toward back
  • Left weights: 1 1/3 toward back and 1 2/3 toward the back