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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Wildlife Cinematographer Jeff Hester
In episode twenty eight host Brett Stanley is talking with underwater wildlife cinematographer Jeff Hester. Jeff is responsible for some of the footage seen in shows like Blue Planet, Deadliest Catch, and those amazing Apple TV screensavers.
We chat about how he went from a marine biology degree to shooting Orcas for Netflix, sitting underwater for 7 hours at a time, and what it’s like not seeing the results of your work for years after it was shot.
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Filmmaker & Cave Diver Jill Heinerth
In episode twenty five, host Brett Stanley is talking to underwater filmmaker and cave diver Jill Heinerth.
Jill is an amazing woman who’s explorations have taken her to places no person has ever seen before, including the caves inside icebergs. We talk about her career underwater, how she controls her own fears, and what it’s like filming documentaries and consulting on feature films.
In To The Planet is Jills firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet.
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Fine Art Photographer Mallory Morrison
In episode twenty four, host Brett Stanley chats with Fine Art Photographer Mallory Morrison. Mallory has perfected her ethereal and minimal style underwater, and also her print sales process.
She shares with us how she got started working with dancers underwater, how she channels her fears and nightmares in to her work as a kind of therapy, and her approach to creating art that sells.
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Master Freedive Instructor Roberta Cenedese
In episode twenty three, host Brett Stanley chats with Master Freedive Instructor & cold water specialist Roberta Cenedese. Based in Vancouver Canada, Roberta often works on film and tv sets coaching actors for their underwater scenes, she works alongside stunt performers as part of the safety team, and provides guidance to the production on how to achieve some of the technical shots their going for.
They chat about breath holding techniques, how dangerous cold water can be, and how amazing it was working on a show like Siren.
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Underwater Virtual Reality Pioneer Casey Sapp
In episode twenty two, host Brett Stanley chats with Casey Sapp – a pioneer in underwater Virtual Reality. Casey’s company VRTUL designs and builds some of the most amazing camera arrays for capturing 180 and 360 degree underwater experiences.
We chat about how he got started in this industry, and some of the very cool clients he’s had. There is a bit of technical jargon in this episode, but you should be able to follow along fine without knowing all the terms.
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Choreographer Mary Jeanette Ramsey
In episode twenty, host Brett Stanley chats with Mary Jeanette Ramsey – choreographer, performer, and Executive Director of The Aqualillies, an American synchronised swimming troupe or Artistic Swimming as it’s now called.
They chat about working on the Cohen Brothers film Hail Caesar with Scarlett Johansson, helping Beyonce to craft an all black synchronised swimming troupe for her visual album Black is King, and how the sport has evolved from the 50’s when Legend Esther Williams made it famous.
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Underwater Camera Operator Braden Haggerty
In episode nineteen, host Brett Stanley chats with underwater camera operator Braden Haggerty, a Canadian who’s based in Vancouver. Braden has worked on shows like Batwoman, Altered Carbon, Power Rangers, and the recently cancelled Siren – a drama about mermaids with loads of underwater sequences.
They chat about the process of shooting for TV, what she needs to keep in mind for the visual effects, and how training your stunt people for underwater can make the job go so much smoother!
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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!
Australian Hair & Makeup Artist Rick FindlaterIn 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!