Research

I researched a lot into Hollywood films that feature underwater scenes to get a rough idea off what they are like, inspiration on shots, and just a general idea off films.

A film that you can not include would be Steven Spielberg, Jaws. There is some legendary footage in this film, however I am going to focus on the underwater camera work. One shot that everyone remembers is the moving point off view shot off the shark, the famous theme tune is playing and the audience await the fatal event. This shot was originally a shot of the shark actually moving towards the person however Spielberg believed this looked tacky so used this shot instead. For our film we decided we will also do a few shots like this that lead on to close ups off the treasure chest, this way the audience get a clearer idea off what she can see and the shots wont be too similar. From learning the theory in the workshop we learnt that filming upwards is one main rule with underwater and clearly Spielberg followed this. I also like this shot and we will use a similar angle in our film as the light above the water creates a beautiful effect. jaws-swim-scene-02

As well as that the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan uses underwater cameras, capturing the soldiers drowning as the camera bobs up and down amongst the rough tides. The most effective shot that caught my eye was when the bullets pelted through the water, the close up was superb and the shot was an epic part of the film. Obviously we wont be using bullets in our film but I really loved the effect created as they rapidly break through the water. Taking advantage of what the water can do we will use our regulators to create bubbles and lens glares with the lights.

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Another film that is iconic is Titanic, there is rarely an underwater shot however once the ship sinks they begin using underwater cameras to capture it, its truly remarkable how it was filmed. Watching the behind the scenes gave me an insight into the thousands off people that were involved in the production.

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in 1965 Thunderball a James Bond film appeared on our screens, great film also featuring an underwater fight scene, I can only imagine the difficulties off filming such a big scene, the time taken was certainly worth it. Once again the shots fired going through the water look great, similar to Saving Private Ryan. It is very different for a fight scene to happen underwater which Is why I particularly liked this one. Their wet suits being bright orange really stand out on camera, especially when so much is happening it can be hard to keep track, the colours used really work well as otherwise it would be very dull and all blue. A lot of the shots are still shots whereby the actors do the movement instead. When learning the theory we did learn that this would be an easier way to film as controlling your buoyancy and trying to focus on camera could be difficult. In most of our shots they will be still shots as we are not that experienced so this would be the easier for us.

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