Cinematographer Jacques Ballard

In episode #51 host Brett Stanley chats with underwater cinematographer Jacques Ballard about his work on the feature film The Deep House. 

We discuss how he shot the underwater thriller, what cameras and lighting they used, and how problem solving can really be one of the fun parts of underwater filmmaking. 

Jacques’s career has been quite varied, with documentaries, feature films, and amazing underwater collaborations with freediving talent like Julie Gautier and Guillaume Nery.

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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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  • Cinematographer Jacques Ballard

    In episode #51 host Brett Stanley chats with underwater cinematographer Jacques Ballard about his work on the feature film The Deep House. 

    We discuss how he shot the underwater thriller, what cameras and lighting they used, and how problem solving can really be one of the fun parts of underwater filmmaking. 

    Jacques’s career has been quite varied, with documentaries, feature films, and amazing underwater collaborations with freediving talent like Julie Gautier and Guillaume Nery.

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  • Imaging Engineer & Cinematographer Pawel Achtel

    In episode #50 host Brett Stanley chats with the man who built the Underwater 3D Cameras for the new Avatar films, Pawel Achtel.

    Pawel is an engineer with a passion for the underwater world, and has created a variety of imaging solutions, including the 3D Stereoscopic camera system for James Cameron’s new Avatar movies!

    We chat about how his rig works, the physics of 3D imaging (and how to stop movie goers throwing up), and a neat trick to stop pesky micro bubbles from sticking to your camera’s dome.

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  • NFTs & The Oceaverse – Ian Takahashi

    In episode #49 host Brett Stanley chats with underwater cinematographer and co-founder of The Oceaverse, Ian Takahashi.

    NFT’s have become a big industry over the last couple of years and they can be confusing for those that haven’t spent time looking in to them – so we chatted with Ian about what they are and how creatives can use them not only as a source of income, but also a way of raising money to go towards ocean conservation projects – which is where the Oceaverse comes in.

    As a platform for promoting and selling NFTs, the Oceaverse not only showcases some of the best underwater creative artists, but they are reinvesting portions of the profits back in to conservation.

    We talk about how Oceavers is doing that, ways that crypt currency can actually help the environment, and the future of crypto mining.

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  • Wildlife Cinematographer Tom Campbell

    In episode #48 host Brett Stanley chats with underwater photographer and High Definition Video Pioneer Tom Campbell.

    They chat about how Tom got started in wildlife photography, his move to cinematography, and how high definition video really opened some doors for him. 

    Tom also tells us about his stock libraries, selling his first photograph, and he explains how he kinda disappeared for a few years!

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  • Cinematographer Sean Ruggeri

    In episode #47 host Brett Stanley chats with cinematographer Sean Ruggeri who’s work with Red Cameras and Gates Housings has really taken him to some amazing places.

    They chat about how he worked with Red to refine their Camera’s underwater abilities, his role in the new movie The Colony, and what happens in a submarine when you need to go to the bathroom!

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  • Director & Photographer Scott Rhea

    In episode #46 host Brett Stanley chats with photographer and director Scott Rhea. Scott’s career ranges from shooting Advertising and lifestyle images, to directing music video and commercials, and into his amazing personal fine art work – but through it all he’s had a great love of being underwater.

    They chat about where he gets his inspiration, the importance of meditation, and how the devastation from Hurricane Katrina brought about Scott’s foray below the surface.

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  • Photographer Harry Fayt

    In episode #45 host Brett Stanley chats with Belgian underwater photographer Harry Fayt.

    Harry’s work is truly beautiful, with the worlds and concepts he creates below the surface, and his messages within each shot are very inspiring. We talk about how he creates these scenes in his local public pool, his love of cinema for inspiration, and how he’s getting his revenge after years of not being able to get in the water!

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  • Photographer Jamie Johnson (Birdee)

    In episode #44 host Brett Stanley chats with Jamie Johnson, an underwater photographer better known by her artist name of Birdee. Jamie’s work has a rawness to it, and she captures the female form in a very real way. Through her images she examines themes of femininity, strength, and grace, as well as exploring the healing element of water.

    They talk about her love of film photography, creating double exposures underwater, and how music plays a huge role in her inspiration.

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  • Safety Diver Hal Wells

    In episode #43 host Brett Stanley chats with Hal Wells, safety diver and co-owner of Hollywood Divers. Hal shares with us his experiences working on film sets, how he plans for underwater productions, and what it’s like to deal with talent and crew under the water.

    They also discuss what it’s like being addicted to scuba diving, and how water people seem to be the most chill people around.

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  • Remembering Surf & Fine Art Photographer Lucas Murnaghan

    In episode #42, host Brett Stanley is joined by Antonio Lennert, life & business partner to Surf and Fine Art Photographer Lucas Murnaghan who tragically died in March this year of a rare cancer. As a way of memorialising Lucas they talk about his life and work, and how Antonio is keeping the memory alive by curating Lucas’ images – a lot of it previously unseen – into new gallery works and reissuing his book “Beneath the Surface”.

    Brett’s chat with Antonio is a great introduction his interview with Lucas last year, which is included in today’s podcast episode. We hope you join with us in celebrating such a creative talent, and if you’d like to support Lucas’s family please consider purchasing his book or a print.

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