You are on page 1of 9

Underwater Filming & Media

Module Handbook

Hand-In Wednesday 10th May 2017

This handbook will act as a guide and reference point for this unit.
For the first time we are offering an exciting and challenging opportunity for students to
learn from some of the best instructors in the industry.
Underwater film and photography is fast becoming a key skill in the entertainment industry
and . ..
1. Learning Outcomes
2. Booklet from Triton Scuba
3. Blog details - how to use and start one
4. Examples of work
5. Marking Scheme
6. Key information
7. Research starting points - equipment - film-makers, photographers, techniques

Unit blog -

Hand-In Wednesday 10th May 2017 by 3pm CT Admin Office

Underwater Filming & Media

This Unit is designed for students with no previous diving qualifications. It provides an introductory, basic diving unit
to attain a PADI Open Water diving certificate. Building on these skills the unit then teaches film and photography
students the theory and practice of underwater film production and photography, a growth area and one that offers
career opportunities. The programme will provide them with an appreciation of the differences and complexities of
working within the underwater environment and the opportunity to put new found skills and ideas into practice.
1. To teach students the foundational knowledge and skills they need to dive using open circuit self contained
underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), with a buddy and independent of supervision.
2. To ensure students are capable of organising, planning and conducting no-decompression diving activities within
their level of experience.
3. To introduce film and photography students to the theory and practice of working underwater.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the operation and use of SCUBA diving equipment.
2. Display proficiency in basic diving safety and rescue procedures.
3. Apply the physical and physiological principles of diving.
4. Plan, organise and conduct safe diving activities appropriate to the circumstances
5. Use decompression tables and procedures for no decompression diving correctly.
6. Describe and explain the main features of HSE legislation, Risk Assessment, Project Reports and the conduct of a
diving project, within the Media Approved Codes of Practice.
7. Use and explain a range of techniques used in underwater film production and photography:
8. Plan and undertake a series of dives and produce a short underwater film or photography portfolio based on
specific subject areas
1. Diving Theory and Physiology
2. Diving equipment
3. Practical Diving skills
4. HSE legislation and Approved Codes of Practice (Media)
5. Underwater cameras and housings including care and maintenance
6. Planning, organization, production of assessed project work and management
7. Diver supervision and Underwater communication
8. Principles of underwater lighting
9. Principles of filming underwater, including composition, sequence and shots, camera moves
10.Principles of underwater stills photography

Unit blog -

This will be updated regularly with unit information, resources and behind the scenes photos
and films from students on the unit.
A blog simply lets you post stories, research, key information about your journey on this unit.
At the end of the unit you have to present a film or photographic portfolio. You are required
to use the blog to document this. Your ideas, processes and work in progress.
A blog allows you to upload photos, sound, videos and some of the options below also
work via mobile. You can also create pages to separate your work into e.g. Research |
Development | Dives | Final Film or Photographs
Would welcome any contributions from students.
To start your own blog for the unit you can use:
Tumblr -
Wordpress -
Blogger -
To get help and advice on keeping your blog for this unit please contact:



Films 2016

DIVE - Student Blogs 2015/16


h"p:// h"p://willgo"


NAME PORTFOLIO OF WORK - FILM (group score) (40%)
Have these all been completed to a professional standard in terms of Quality /
Narrative / Theme / Editing / Composition / Flow

PRESENTATION (group score) (10%) - Is the final presentation of the film or portfolio
of photographs in a professional standard? Relevance / Advertising - online & offline /
Display options and professional presentation of work / think about your audience.
Opening/Closing credits etc

BLOG (Individual) (20%) - Is the Production / Ideas Process clear? / Screengrabs

(video and/or still) / Idea Process / Credits for inspiration / Research / Production &
Processes / Behind the scenes / Planning /Editing / Subject Analysis / Software Use.
Use of blog to present the above effectively. Please see examples from previous

Understanding Application of Filming Techniques in the Underwater

Environment (30%)
Knowledge Review / Application of Knowledge (group score).


Claire Sambrook / Ben Thompson / David Jones 2016