In episode #40, host Brett Stanley chats with underwater performer and actor Claire Friesen. Claire grew up fascinated with water, and solidified her love it with it when she discovered synchronized swimming. After competing on the Canadian National Team, she moved to Las Vegas to start her dream job of performing in the aquatic Cirque show Le Rêve – a mind bending extravaganza of aerial and underwater performance.
They chat about her work in TV, film, commercials, and how freediving helps to keep her in tune with her surroundings.
In episode #39, host Brett Stanley chats with underwater director of photography Zac Macaulay.
Zac’s career has taken him from assisting in his younger days to a sort after stills photographer shooting underwater commercials for large brands, and now a cinematographer working out of his base in Brighton, England.
They chat about his start in the industry, what kind of work he enjoys the most, and how different it is shooting stills as opposed to motion.
In episode #38, host Brett Stanley chats with Linden Wolbert. Linden is a professional mermaid who’s pioneered the world of mermaiding, from creating her own tail with a special effects artist to now having her own line of Body Glove tails for kids available worldwide.
She talks about how she moved from behind the camera as a wildlife filmmaker to being in front of it and presenting her own educational program to help kids understand the ocean better. We discuss her work as an underwater stunt person, and how she got to work with Westley from the Princess Bride!
In episode #37, host Brett Stanley chats with Canadian photographer Meaghan Ogilvie. Meaghan is an underwater fine art photographer, and whilst based in Toronto she travels quite extensively and creating beautiful underwater images as she goes. She’s shown her work in galleries worldwide, and we talk about what that process is like and how the pandemic has change that landscape.
Meaghan shares her visions of the future and we talk about what it’s like to spend a few weeks on a sailboat with other underwater artists.
In episode #36, host Brett Stanley chats with actor Eline Powell about her work as a mermaid on the now sadly cancelled show Siren.
They talk about her training for the part, the intense days filming underwater, and how learning to move underwater really informed the actor’s movements on land. She also talks about how the experience has changed her, and how she’d much rather be a mermaid than learn the violin!
In episode #35, host Brett Stanley chats with dive photographer Alex Dawson.
Alex talks about his experiences diving in his homeland of Sweden, learning to cave dive in old mines, and how he evolved his lighting styles. They cover his approach to photographing wrecks and divers, and how his fear of water has made him a better diver.
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In episode #34, host Brett Stanley chats with visual artist Christy Lee Rogers. Christy has a unique approach to underwater photography as she shoots from above the water – capturing the movements and contortions of her models below the surface and creating these amazing painting-like images that tell all sorts of stories to the viewer.
They speak about how she found her process to create these photos, how music plays a large part in her work, and what the COVID-19 lockdowns has done to make her pivot her business.
In episode #33, host Brett Stanley chats with Underwater Cinematographer Vance Burberry. Vance has had an amazing career starting as a lighting designer for Australian Rock bands and now working as a sort after underwater DP in America.
He’s got some great stories about using film, his experiences chasing submarines for the latest Bad Bunny music video, and how rolling film around an edit suit can give you some crazy visual effects.
In episode #32, host Brett Stanley chats with Marine and dive coordinator Bo Sanchez.
Based in the Dominican Republic, Bo supervises the ultra large outdoor water tank build by Pinewood Studios and his team works on many of the productions that come to the island to shoot – including huge action films like Triple X, The Mummy, and The Man From Uncle.
Bo talks through how he trains talent for their underwater scenes, whether he prefers open water or tanks, and what it’s like to ride motorbikes across the surface of water with Vin Diesel.
In episode #31, host Brett Stanley is strapping on the fins and talking with freedive photographer Michael DK – also known as Suahuatica. Originally from the Netherlands, Michael grew up on a sailboat with his parents – sailing around the Mediterranean and nurturing a love of the ocean.
We chat about his experiences travelling the world shooting in underwater caves, why he’s using his mobile phone to take more photos these days, and how he uses Instagram as a way to meet new people and clients.