Evan Sherman has produced an amazing short film featuring the macro life of Tulamben, Indonesia. He combines super macro filming, with a post processing approach that incorporates the use of sound effects to interpret the noises the animals might be making. The title is a nod to Jacques Cousteau’s Silent World series of films and books. Evan describes his film:
There is no doubt Jacques would be jealous. Sure, he had pristine reefs and healthier fish populations but the guy was swimming around with a flare as a dive light and a fire extinguisher as a tank (it’s a bit of an exaggeration but his gear was pretty primitive). Today, we enjoy hoseless dive computers that transmit tank pressure, titanium regulators that weigh less than a bottle of beer, and wetsuits that are more comfortable than most day spa robes (another exaggeration). And if you want to compare the imaging equipment…forget about it. Our camera gear would’ve blown his mind.
As technology continues to transform the dive industry, we the image makers prosper. With brighter lights, bigger sensors, higher resolutions and better optics come the ability to capture subjects and behaviors never before obtainable.
This short film, The Not So Silent World, combines all these advances in technology with a fresh perspective on the post-production process. It’s not just about the acquisition of the image, it is how the images are packaged and presented that have the most impact on the viewer. Through an untraditional approach to editing and the addition of sound effects, this film takes you into “the muck” like never before.
Hidden amongst its 18,000 islands, Indonesia hides a roughly four-mile stretch of incredible diving. But don’t expect schooling barracudas or gatherings of mantas. This area, named Tulamben, is noted for its muck diving. The stars of the show are typically only an inch or two in length and often barely visible with the naked eye. These subjects were once too small to properly shoot but now, well now they fill the screen with detail, color, and motion.
So channel your inner Cousteau, turn up the volume and enjoy the show.
THE NOT SO SILENT WORLD from SEASICK PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.
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