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Mounting Lights When Filming Underwater Sequences

Mounting Lights When Filming Underwater Sequences

Posted by Andi Lucas on 11th Oct 2017

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports about filming underwater sequences for Travel Channel:For me, the best assignments are shooting at sea or underwater.  Recently, Travel Channel sent me to the Yucatan to shoot stories for one of my favorite series, "Top Secret Swimming Holes". On a recent job, I shot with my Canon 5D inside an Ikelite underwater housing, and used Light and Motion's Sola underwater light.     When filming underwater - especially in a cave - there's often no option to ascend and give directions to the talent because you risk crashing into a stalactite or not finding an air pocket in which to discuss your plans. Shooting the cave scenes, I needed all my lighting options available, so instead of locking my lights onto extension arms (which are generally used in deep open ocean), I used Dinkum Systems Clamp-to-Clamp arm.          With one clamp attached to the underwate … read more
Behind-The-Scenes w/ Sound Mixer James Tobin

Behind-The-Scenes w/ Sound Mixer James Tobin

Posted by John Mans & James Tobin on 27th Jul 2017

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:I work regularly with my audio buddy James Tobin in very remote places, usually in Alaska.James is a super solid sound mixer who always seems to have the perfect gear for any situation.  Whether it's a multi tool, a white balance card, or any type of aviation plug, it seems like anything we need will always be instantly available with James.One of those go-to pieces of equipment is the Dinkum Systems FlexiMount.  Using our clamping mount in combination with other trusted gear in his kit, James can get crazy distances in challenging places like airports, cruise ships, fishing boats, and across distant, deep and difficult terrain.    James's secrets:"For my diversity wireless distribution system I own two FlexiMount's, and have added a few Dinkum Systems Additional Links to extend the reach and flexibility of the arms. The Dinkum Systems mo … read more