Artivist & Performer Christine Ren

In episode seventeen, host Brett Stanley is joined by underwater Artivist and performer Christine Ren. Christine has a degree in Marine Affairs and Policy which give her a great insight in to how our water ways are being managed and also a strong desire to make some change in the world with her own conservation campaigns.

Christine chats about creating some of the campaigns she’s created, what worked and what didn’t, and how she’s now using water as a way to overcome trauma with her healing Watsu practice.

They also discuss techniques for a better breath hold, and how a lot of her inspiration comes from within.

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The underwater podcast, a deep dive into the world of underwater portrait photography, cinematography, and everything in between. Featuring interviews with creatives, technical discussions of gear and techniques ,and how to stay creativity motivated in today’s strange chaos.

Hosted by Brett Stanley, an award winning underwater portrait photographer, cinematographer, and educator based in Los Angeles.

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  • Artivist & Performer Christine Ren

    In episode seventeen, host Brett Stanley is joined by underwater Artivist and performer Christine Ren. Christine has a degree in Marine Affairs and Policy which give her a great insight in to how our water ways are being managed and also a strong desire to make some change in the world with her own conservation campaigns.

    Christine chats about creating some of the campaigns she’s created, what worked and what didn’t, and how she’s now using water as a way to overcome trauma with her healing Watsu practice.

    They also discuss techniques for a better breath hold, and how a lot of her inspiration comes from within.

  • Director of Photography Ian Seabrook

    In episode sixteen, host Brett Stanley is chatting with Ian Seabrook, a Canadian underwater Camera Operator and Director of Photography who spends most of his time working between Canada, America, and the UK. His work includes underwater scenes in features like Deadpool 2, Batman vs Superman, Lost in Space, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

    They talk about learning underwater photography from National Geographic legend David Doubilet, the importance of an open and sharing film community, how a great assistant can make life easier, and nearly being crushed by logs and rolling icebergs in the arctic.

    Keep an ear out for Ian’s crack at an Aussie accent – it’s pretty good!

  • Art Nude & Lifestyle Photographer Damon Loble

    In episode fifteen, host Brett Stanley is discussing lifestyle and nude photography with LA based photographer Damon Loble. Damon has a wonderfully lo-fi style about his images, reminiscent of photos from the 70’s and 80s, and his work with scuba divers totally reminds me of the Hardy Boy’s book covers I used to see as a kid.

    Damon also works as a DIT on commercial photoshoots, a job that entails colour correcting files on the fly so the clients can approve the images – this gives him a huge head-start when it comes to grading his own photos.

    We chat about the beauty of the Miami sunrise, working with models in the cold open waters of southern California, and how to perfect the elusive under/over shot that he’s so well known for.

  • Australian Hair & Makeup Artist Rick Findlater

    In episode fourteen, host Brett Stanley is talking to Australian Hair & Makeup Artist Rick Findlater about his experiences working on films like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Impossible – a true story about the devastating tsunami in Thailand back in 2004. He also talks about his time working on the Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey, which took him all around the world including Africa and Antarctica. Rick covers some of the techniques he uses to keep wigs on in heavy water scenes, dealing with the colour changing issues of prosthetics in cold water, and the stress of having divers go searching for a lost wig!

  • Indian Cinematographer Priya Seth

    In episode thirteen, host Brett Stanley is talking to Indian Underwater Cinematographer Priya Seth. Priya has shot underwater scenes for over 100 Indian films, and whilst she shoots on land too it’s the water that is her most favourite.

    We chat about how she got her career started, what it’s like being a woman on set in such a male dominated industry, how she deals with all the different aspects of Indian cinema, and how an all girls boarding school set her up for a challenging vocation.

  • Activist, Artist, & Photographer Benjamin Von Wong

    In episode twelve, host Brett Stanley is talking to Activist, Artist, and Photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Ben’s work is probably best described as epic, ranging from his earlier photography work which had him collaborating with amazing subjects around the world, to his latest installation work building incredible sculptures and artworks from unusual objects that hope to provoke and motivate people to take action on issues like recycling, child hunger, and of course our oceans.

    Whilst not a full time underwater photographer, Ben has created some incredible imagery with very little experience, and his journey from playing in a pool with friends to tying models to shipwrecks is really inspiring.

  • Key Grip Nicholas “Sodapop”Franchot

    In episode eleven, underwater key grip Nicholas "Sodapop" Franchot chats with host Brett Stanley to discuss working alongside underwater camera operators, like Ian Takahashi and Pete Romano, how he got into the film industry, why he finds vacuuming the bottom of swimming pools like meditation, how he got electrocuted in Brazil and how to avoid getting a rash from a pee-filled hot tub.

  • Fantasy Fine Art Photographer Cheryl Walsh

    In episode ten, underwater portrait photographer Cheryl Walsh joins host Brett Stanley to discuss her beautiful fine art and how she uses large format inkjet printers to really bring her photographs to life.

  • Director of Photography Pete Romano ASC – Part 2

    In episode nine, we have part two of Brett's interview with underwater director of photography, Pete Romano ASC. We chat about more of the films Pete's worked on, mostly recent ones like Ad Astra, Into The Wild, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which features a scene involving a flame throwing Leonardo DiCaprio!

  • Director of Photography Pete Romano ASC – Part 1

    In episode Eight, host Brett Stanley is speaking with Underwater Director of Photography Pete Romano ASC. Pete’s career spans over 40 years in the film industry where he's worked on some iconic movies including The Abyss, Titanic, Waterworld, Mission Impossible, and most recently Call of the Wild. Pete also runs one of the best known underwater cinema housing and lighting companies in the world, Hydroflex. He’s been a stunt man, a hoarder of underwater film memorabilia, and he talked Al Pachino in to going for a swim.