Thursday, December 12, 2013

Incredible Film Shoot on St Lazarus Banks

The 'Trophy' at the end of an incredible film trip.
The In The Zone Productions team has just got back from an amazing spearfishing trip to the famous St Lazarus Banks with Mohammed Jassim Al Kuwari. This intensive film shoot was part of Mohammed's part in the epic film called 'Legends of Blue Water Hunting' which features greats like Terry Mass and Rob Allen.
Richard Leonard in the driving seat filming and directing.
What was unique about this shoot is that it was not just a spearfishing trip that was filmed, the  production was the priority. This meant that unless something was going to hinder the spearfishing, the filming and production took preference.  ITZ also assembled possibly the best spearfishing videography team to work on the project.
Richard Leonard directed the shoot and also applied his skill as a camera man above and below the water.
Chris Coates organised all the spearfishing and dive gear as well as using his diving ability to film Mohammed in action.
Matt Swart, ITZ's wizard on the editing desk brought some unique filming skills and insights above the water.
Robin 'Gumby' Moulang not only is an excellent water cameraman he brought some epic quadcopter flying skills to get some unique and very interesting camera angles.
Creating new angles with the flying Quad Cam
Lazarus was an amazing place to shoot, the water is very clean with amazing fish life. The goal was a big Dog Tooth Tuna on film and Lazarus did not disappoint. The team also worked hard to ensure that the footage was above the normal standard seen in spearfishing videos. 
Mohammed and Chris all smiles on Lazarus
Filming spearfishing at this standard also required a huge sacrifice from Mohammed, the production generally comes first and for this you need loads of patience. Especially when having to redo things over and over until the team gets the shot right. You often hear some one shouting, "wait for he cameraman!"
The ITZ team - Gumby, Chris, Rich and Matt 
Trips like this into places like Mozambique need a serious amount of organising and planning. From flights and boat transfers, to filming permits, fishing licenses and a host of admin night mares. This is all before Richard hands you a 28page shoot list and production plan, nothing like a little bit of light reading before the trip :-)

All in all the Lazarus trip with Mohammed was a huge success, with the team getting what has to be some of the best spearfishing footage ever filmed. Now its up to Matt on the editing table and Rich directing to do their magic.

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