KFTV Exclusive: Underwater Filming report to launch early August

The report is sponsored by Lites Studios in Belgium and marine film service outfit Frog Squad in South Africa and will feature insights from top underwater cameramen and studio heads

By Priyanca Rajput 5 Jul 2022

KFTV Exclusive: Underwater Filming report to launch early August

KFTV is preparing to publish a comprehensive underwater filming report, which will run as a three-part series, starting the week of 1 August. 

The report will cover a range of issues including shooting in water tanks and the sea, standout underwater filming territories, latest equipment used, filming techniques, case studies of major film and TV projects, including The Matrix Resurrections, Disney's Jungle Cruise and a list of leading water tanks around the world.

We have spoken to dozens of the world's leading experts, including studio heads, underwater cameramen, gaffers, film commissions, water tank specialists, divers and more.

The report will be broken up into sections over three weeks and include the following:

Overview - analysis

This will cover how films, TV series and commercials are carrying out underwater filming, what equipment they’re using, new technology, local support, common issues/challenges, getting permits and how filming in the sea is different to doing it in water tanks. The piece will assess some of the most popular underwater filming hotspots and emerging locations. Plus assess some of the water tanks in studios around the world and how they’re breaking new ground, and feature discussions with leading experts in the field working on major projects like The Matrix and Bond. 

Profiles of key underwater filming locations

This will highlight five coastal hotspots where projects can use underwater filming facilities - by location, why they’re popular, ease of shooting, quality of crew, first point of contact etc.

3 x case studies

The case studies will showcase recent stand-out film/TV projects that utilised underwater filming, including The Matrix: Resurrections, with insights from the production team about the shoots, including obstacles they faced and how they overcame them.

Future looking piece

Exploring where underwater filming is heading: advancements in technology, the ground-breakers in the field and the impact of climate change, plus more.

Profiles of key water tank facilities around the world

A list of the water tanks globally with recently filmed projects.

Experts interviewed include: Sven Bliedung von der Heide, CEO Volucap (underwater effects for Hollywood projects including Matrix), Bernie Prentice, underwater gaffer (Bond films, No Way Out), Wim Michiels, head of Lites Studios in Belgium, Dan Travers, underwater cameraman (Apple's Liason series) and Albert Martinez Martin, COO, Lantica Media, Dominican Republic and many more.

The report is being sponsored by Lites Studios in Belgium, which has the most advanced water stage in the world, and leading marine film service company Frog Squad, who have been running for 20 years and provide qualified divers, underwater cameras, operators and rigging for a variety of film and TV projects.

The report will also feature in our World of Studios - Americas and Asia Pacific region supplement due out in September....

Platforms and distribution of World of Studios: Americas/APAC Edition - Underwater Filming Report

  • Printed supplement and digital version to be published in August 2022
  • 2,500 copies to be distributed to international production companies, 
    SVOD’s, key budget-holders and decision makers, international film 
    commissions and available at the Toronto International Film Festival 
    (TIFF) and American Film Mart (AFM)
  • Digital page-turner version available for 12 months on ScreenDaily.com, 
    KFTV and the Knowledge
  • Promoted through dedicated bulletins and newsletters to subscribers 
    of Screen, KFTV and the Knowledge and sent digitally to our subscribers

If you want to advertise/sponsor/feature in the underwater report and World of Studios supplement please contact Sarah.keegan@mbi.london / 07515 974 979.


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