Through our extensive film work, which includes an Emmy Award for his work with National Geographic, Shawn has acquired considerable first-hand knowledge of the oceans most important marine areas. Shawn has organized, coordinated and led expeditions to some of the most logistically and environmentally challenging marine locations on earth. He has developed close relationships with operators, conservationists, and leading filmmakers that provide us direct access to these locations, and with years of filming in these places, he has assembled an expansive library or blue-chip Hi Definition video footage. He has worked with leading film and journalist teams including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Yann Arthus Bertrand, and National Geographic and delivered projects for many of the top marine conservation organizations including WildAid, Shark Savers, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group. Teaming up with John Weller, he is creating a global film series to raise awareness and support campaigns for marine conservation. And in partnership with Jim Abernethy and George Schellenger, the trio are creating films about sharks and other charismatic marine life, and our connection to these magnificent creatures.
Shawn has worked with leading broadcasters and production companies around the world.
Award Winning Films
Underwater DP & Cameraman
Shawn is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer who has a special affinity for big animals including sharks, rays and marine mammals, having traveled to the corners of the globe to document some the most impressive marine spectacles on earth. He has spent countless hours, filming in extremely close proximity to large tiger sharks, bull sharks, white sharks, schools of hundreds of hammerheads, and a variety of other predatory sharks, all without any protection. He has documented world-class encounters with hundreds of whale sharks, humpback whales, sperm whales, blue whales, manta rays, massive sardine baitballs, huge schools of sailfish, and all manner of other epic marine encounters.
Underwater he specialize in big stuff including; stunning reef vistas, wrecks, whales, sharks, mantas, dolphins, pelagic fish, schooling fish, bait balls and other marine mammals. When necessary, he pushes his (and equipment) to the limit to capture the “impossible” shots. That being said, he has extensive experience capturing broadcast quality macro footage.
Topside DP & Cameraman
Topside we capture the energy, excitement and drama that are core to the stories we tell. Action shots, interviews, establishing shots, sound-bites, vistas and landscapes are all recorded in a creative and professional manner. We are only done shooting when all the elements necessary to tell the story are captured.
Our Mission – Combining stunning topside and underwater footage with strong characters and exciting backdrops, we create compelling stories that engage audiences and delight our customers.
Our Offering – Our production offering includes documentaries, broadcast day shooting, promotional dvds, trade show reels, web media, investment collateral, environmental projects and stock footage.
Our Equipment – We own and use the latest in HD equipment including:
‣ Sony EX1 Full HD cameras (1920×1080 native sensors)
‣ Canon 1DX cameras and accessories
‣ Canon 5D MarkIII cameras and accessories
‣ Canon L Series professional lenses
‣ Nauticam and Wahoo HD camera housing kit
‣ Light & Motion SOLA 4000 & 1200 lights
‣ Gates EX1 video housing
‣ Fathoms Ultra Wide Lens
‣ GoPro POV cameras
‣ Sennheiser professional audio equipment
‣ Studio and on-camera professional lighting
‣ Apple MacPro Quadcore workstation
‣ Final Cut Pro HD editing suite