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LiquidMotion Underwater Film Training School

"As a professional, I learnt more in the past week than I have in the last 10 years! The film programs are about so much more than just the technical. They are about the difference between video footage and film.."
(Tim Kirkpatrick, USA)

 

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

 

THE CAMERAMAN

The art of Filmmaking requires a profound knowledge of your camera and an understanding of the intricacy of cinematography. Composition, lighting, camera movement, shooting angles - are all an integral part of the creative process required for any good footage. Get the shots you want to achieve in this artistic, no-nonsense approach to filmmaking.

Five Modules:

1. The Making of a great Picture 4. Macro to Wide Angle
2. Camera Angles 5. Camera Moves
3. Light & Sound  


Beginner, Intermediate or Professional. Private, land-based instruction, one on one with award-winning Filmmaker. Customized, adapted and tailored to your unique personal experience, interests and goals.

 

THE UNDERWATER CAMERAMAN

Consider diving a uniquely photogenic Caribbean island, a great Master by your side. Learn privately, in a place where everything is about you. Tailored to you, to your experience, your goals, You. Your vision transforms. You are free. Camera frustrations forever gone.

The art of Underwater Cinematography requires a profound knowledge of your camera, as well as an understanding of the intricacy of filmmaking. Composition, lighting, camera movement, shooting angles, and necessary adaptions to an ever-changing aquatic realm are all an integral part of the creative process required for any good footage. Capturing behaviour, action and emotion bring your footage to life.

Covering all aspects of shooting underwater, from a profound camera knowledge, to technique, and an artistic, creative focus, get the very best from your camera, and achieve exceptional footage, in this artistic, no-nonsense approach. Master your shooting. Let your camera become the tool, which responds perfectly to your vision. Achieve your underwater cinematography goals, with personalised support from a famous Expert. On your terms. At your speed.

1. The Making of a great Picture 4. Macro to Wide Angle
2. Camera Angles 5. Camera Moves
3. Light & Sound  


5 days/5 Specialty Modules/10 dives. Each (one day) module includes pre-dive coaching session, 2 dives with Private Film Instructor, post-dive de-brief & coaching. All instruction is one on one with award-winning Cinematographer, adapted, customized and tailored to your unique personal experience, interests and goals. Beginner, Intermediate or Professional. Can be taken customized, per module, or in full.

 

GATES S.T.O. TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Becoming a successful underwater professional requires several distinct skill sets including SCUBA Diving competence, underwater imaging experience, and underwater equipment familiarity. Gates STO Training focuses on the later, providing a curriculum of knowledge on the Setup, Test and Operation (STO) of Gates professional underwater imaging systems. Course goals are:

Proficiency in the setup of Gates underwater cinema housings;
Familiarity with on-location test tools and techniques for establishing housing seal integrity;
Basic operation of Gates underwater housings;
Camera specific considerations for the underwater medium: color, light, filtration and more.
Tips / tricks to assist the underwater cameraman / DP; and
Practical understanding of underwater optics: Port types, optical materials, selection and application
The Gates STO Training Certification sends the student forth as a Gates Ambassador with a resume skill to help secure work on TV / Cinema / Natural History productions, which of course benefit by avoiding downtime due to untrained equipment operators.

Two days Hands-on course with working industry professional.
*BEST SELLER Recommended*- Gates STO course combines perfectly with 5 days *Underwater Cameraman* course for complete hands-on underwater cinematography training*

 

FILM EDITOR

It’s all about story telling. An A-Z course, covering all topics ranging from workflow, editing techniques, colour correction and transitions to narration, sound and music, this is the ultimate no-nonsence editing course, allowing you to creatively turn your footage into stunning movies.

Ten Modules:

1. First Cut 6. Edit with Stills
2. Colour Correction 7. Titling
3. The Cutting Room 8. Sound Editing & Foley
4. Image Control 9. Music
5. Effects 10. The Final Cut


Each (approximately half day) module is private instruction, one on one with award-winning Editor.
Beginner, Intermediate or Professional: all modules are customized and tailored to your unique experience, skill-set and goals.

 

THE PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKER

Do you want to go all the way? Do you want to reach the professional level, without numerous semesters, years, and group classes?
Visionaries, Storytellers, Artists - this is how to get there. This is for you. Write, Shoot, Direct. Take control.

This 4 part career-focused program is a full 'fast track' internship, a full A-Z of becoming a professional Underwater Filmmaker, covering all aspects required to launch a career in the industry.

Pursue your passion, live your dream, and make it your life - on your terms.

PART 1. PHOTOGRAPHY

10 modules/10 hrs minimum, with assignments.

Implements a still picture knowledge-base, which is vital for moving picture.

PART 2.
EDITING

10 modules/approx half day per module, with assignments.

Implements image manipulation, includes a strong foundation for colour coordination & control (a must, especially for underwater filmmaking)

PART 3.
FILMMAKING

10 modules/ 20 hrs minimum, with assignments, on land.

PART 4. UNDERWATER FILMMAKING

5 modules/ 2 dives per module, taking it all underwater.
Count 5 days of minimum 6 hours per day.

 

Total minimum time 70-80 hours. Can be taken in stages, or in full.
One on one instruction with globally acclaimed, award-winning Filmmaker.
Tailored and completely customized, to fit your unique experience, wishes, time and personal goals.

 

"I chose Liquid Motion Academy over The L.A. Film School, because I wanted to learn more than just filmmaking; I wanted to learn the art of film - how to make a difference.

It’s incredible how much I learnt in such a short time!. Everything about the teaching is tailored and adapted to you. The Academy gives you a totally different perspective towards every aspect of photography and film, while giving you the freedom to grow, create, and choose your own. It was so refreshing that I did not have to follow a schedule or adapt to anyone else's agenda. I highly recommend LMA to anyone, whether beginner or professional. It was a uniquely productive journey, and an amazing, highly personalized experience".
(Karan Saini, USA/Dubai)


"I learnt more in 10 days than I have ever learned myself in 50 years - and I did not even have to read a manual!..
The opportunity to learn what I did, wih the people I did, made the trip a once-in-a-lifetime event".....

(Steve Cohen USA)

 

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WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES

 

UNDERWATER FILM MASTERCLASS
1 DAY - ENTRY LEVEL or INTERMEDIATE


ENTRY LEVEL MASTERCLASS: 1 DAY
Make great underwater footage, fast, with private instruction tailored and customized to you. Get away from the crowds. Dive with renowned Professional Filmmaker, who will work with you one-on-one, advising on positioning, composition, lighting, assisting with camera equipment, finding subjects, helping set up shots, and ensuring you get the best out of your camera. By-pass hours of wasted dive time - instead get top-notch guidance and learn how to make awesome footage directly, from one of the best Filmmakers in the world.

INTERMEDIATE MASTERCLASS: 1 DAY
Ready to reach the next level, pursue your passion, rekindle your excitement, be inspired? Master your equipment, so it responds perfectly to your vision. Sharpen your skills. Understand, manipulate and use the light, and 'breathe emotion' into your footage. Experiment with angles, and positioning. Capture unique expressions, action and behaviour. Be creative. Be inspired.

CUSTOM WORKSHOP: 1 DAY
Focusing on subjects you personally want to master, this is about you, and about thinking outside the box.
Explore colours, textures, patterns. Warm and cold. Move away from fish ID, into emotions, feelings, and a uniquely creative realm. Make engaging footage, develop your own artistic style. One-on-one Workshop, topside and underwater, with world-famous Filmmaker, customized and tailored to your personal interests, wishes and goals.

VIDEO EDITING WORKSHOP
1 DAY - ENTRY or INTERMEDIATE


ENTRY LEVEL - 1/2 DAY

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL - 1/2 DAY

CUSTOM - 1/2 DAY



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V.I.P. DIVING & SPECIALS

 

V.I.P. LUXURY PRIVATE (FIlm) GUIDING
OPEN CIRCUIT SCUBA or REBREATHER

Liquid Motions renowned, award-winning Filmmakers offer a unique, exceptional adventure. Dive one-on-one with a legend. No crowds. No rules. Just You.

V.I.P. Private Film Diving is a luxury diving experience, customized and tailored to you, your interests, experience-level, dreams and goals. Whether a working professional, or a new camera operator, make magical footage, privately, on the worlds most photogenic reefs. Let your camera become a tool, which responds perfectly to your vision. Enjoy the most ultimate, unparalleled scuba diving, with 100% customized, top-notch film support and guidance.

First Class, exclusive diving - A true luxury service, which starts by understanding your cinematographic needs and desires, and is meticulously planned, to deliver the private diving of a lifetime.

 

"From the perspective of  someone who has served on a major research university's science diving safety board and who initially earned an underwater instructor rating in 1975, its worth noting that Guy is exactly the private diving buddy you always hope for — an incredible Instructor, safe, professional, and even underwater, always there with an ever-encouraging smile. Thank you".....
Jeremy Cohen, PhD


Cozumel Rebreather / Tech: Dive Cozumel's famous marine parks on CCR with full support, and your own private, professional rebreather guide.

The Academy can organise your O2 and diluent, softnolime and bailout, provide assistance with your equipment, plan and organise all dives to fit your requirements. (NB Private boat highly recommended, for ultra long dives and complete, timeless freedom). Pure. Water. Silence. A luxury, exclusive service, for rebreather divers.

 

V.I.P. PRIVATE GLOBAL
30 years catering to unique individuals and super-yachts

The ultimate in freedom and exclusivity, for private individuals all over the globe.

Dive privately, in ultimate luxury, one-on-one with your own underwater Mentor. Explore an elusive, magical world. Experience unparalleled underwater adventures, with one of the most acclaimed Artists, famous filmmakers and leading divers of our time.

Get to the heart of your filmmaking. Achieve your dreams. Be uplifted, inspired, alive. Anytime. Anywhere.

Unwavering professional service and a truly luxurious experience, in the most remote, unexplored places on earth.

 

*VIP* BUCKET LIST DIVING - PRIVATE BULL SHARKS

"What an incredible experience! My wonderful underwater Director Guy's level of expertise and attention to safety let me easily trust him with my life and my performance. He helped me make memories of a lifetime!..."
Kimberly Leemans, Actress, Los Angeles

For the underwater Filmmaker - there are goals to achieve, dreams to fulfill and life experiences to live before you die.


VIP PRIVATE BULL SHARK FILMMAKING EXPERIENCE - November - March

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(*Based on availability - Pre-booking required)

 

Our VIP Bucket List list has just been started. Please keep checking, we will add to it as we discover the worlds best moments to capture.


FISH BEHAVIOUR SPECIALTY COURSE
(Scientist endorsed - PADI distinctive Specialty)


Originally designed to make the most of a Filmmakers limited dive time, the acclaimed, world exclusive ‘Fish Behaviour’ course is the ultimate for anyone with an interest in natural history and marine animal behaviour. Feeding, mating, courtship, building a home, egg laying, territorial displays.. learn to anticipate what is really going on and be ready to 'capture' the action, before it happens. Discover what the fish are really doing, then bring your footage to life with the marine creatures’ stories.

The result of a lifetime studying and capturing animals on the coral reef, this is a fun, highly illustrated presentation, designed and presented personally by the multiple award-winning Filmmaker-Author. The course is in 2 parts: the lecture - a two hour media rich presentation unique and exclusive to the Academy and 2 optional dives. (*Dives can be taken independently and must be completed to get the PADI certification). An eye opener, providing an entirely new understanding of marine animals and developing a marine life awareness second to none.

UNDERWATER FLUORESCENCE*


Exclusively designed and taught by the world Pioneers of fluo-diving and fluorescent filmmaking, this globally unique course is a one and only, taking you back to the very premier days of ocean discovery.

Including lecture, film, briefing, pre-dive consultation, light source review, camera excitation filter for strobe (converting strobe to near UV), barrier filters for camera (preventing excitation light from reaching the film, to record only fluo emissions), camera and ISO settings review, shooting angles recommendation and Private Instructor to assist with placement and shooting, you will cut through the pitfalls of fluorescent filmmaking and get straight to the core of this pioneering genre. From hardware preparation to film delivery, this is globally unique. Enter the magical world of fluorescence.

(NB* We recommend the dive is followed by one hour of fluorescence editing. Colour correction skills are vital to get the most of your fluo footage. Make the movie of a lifetime!)

*must have solid experience in night diving, buoyancy, camera knowledge. Conditions apply.
**Subject to availability

 

"I had the most wonderful underwater filming experience. The challenge of having to communicate underwater, while scuba diving, and handling the elements couldn't have gone smoother or easier without my wonderful underwater Film Director Guy. Guy's level of expertise and attention to safety, from start to finish, let me easily trust him with my life. And the footage was unbelievable!
(Kimberly Leemans, Hollywood 2016)

 

 

Everything we do is luxuriously tailored to you. To fit your personal schedule, your needs, and your goals. The Academy takes just one guest at a time. All instruction is private and customized to your unique experience, interests, wishes, and goals.
(*In special cases, the Academy can accept another family member to join your course/class, or provide a group instruction. Please contact us for a (free) consultation)

Welcome to a unique circle of individuals. To Freedom. Exploration. Passion. Unwavering professional service and a truly luxurious experience.


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