Imagine shooting a fantastic underwater movie of someone's first diving experience - showcasing their interaction with the marine life around Koh Tao. Having the ability to edit the right shots together with a soundtrack, then screening your movie the same day, to our diving customers! Underwater videographers on Koh Tao work shooting marine movies everyday. You can too, with our Underwater Videographer course!
Price: 35,000 THB
Duration: 4 weeks
- 2 weeks videography training
- 2 weeks paid working internship (paid 40% per video sale), working with mentor.
- Use of all necessary underwater videography equipment.
* You must already be a PADI Divemaster to take this course..
This is a great 'add-on' to your Divemaster Internship!
A day in the life of an Underwater Videographer:
You'll be up early, you need to prepare your diving and camera equipment and then head down to the dive shop to meet & greet today's customers.
By the last two dives of the Open Water Course people are controlled and comfortable in the water, and are having a good time, this is the perfect opportunity to film them. An underwater videographer will accompany these two dives, documenting the day out, the transfer to the dive boat and journey out to the dive site.
The main part is underwater videography, recording the customers diving, and capturing the marine life they see, on film (stock footage is a big no-no!). Then filming the big smiles when they come up from the dive and cheerful group shots on the way back to shore.
During the afternoon, the videographer uploads the raw footage to PC, and spends several hours editing the movie - choosing the right shots and adding a soundtrack. By early evening the finished version is ready - you'll then head down to one of the Koh Tao beach bars to re-meet the diving customers and chat over a few beers!
You'll screen your movie for them. This will usually be on a projector with big sound system or large flatscreen TV - this draws a big audience, both divers and general public. Then it's sales time - you give the customers the chance of buying a copy. This is a special product for them - a movie and soundtrack of them on their first dives showing their adventure into the underwater world! If you make a sale, you'll then send them a copy - job done!
Underwater videography is a lot of work - it's a mix of technical ability and people skills, giving the customer what they want. With the Underwater Videographer internship add-on you'll be trained to do the job, and given a mentored internship as you make your own movies (and get paid!).
What's included in the Videography Course?
The uw videography course and internship includes all the training, equipment and materials that you need. This includes access to underwater camera equipment, a custom built video editing facility, and experienced videographers who have been doing this for a long time! Training is conducted by experienced videographers, who have been making underwater videos on Koh Tao for many years. The first two weeks involves videographer training. After that, you'll be sent out with real customers (getting paid for your work).
Over the first two weeks, the areas you'll focus on will include;
Equipment Assembly: Skills with the camera, e.g. white balance, zoom control, steady shooting, composition & shot selection, shot duration, 'winning shots'.
Equipment maintenance: Video editing, capturing & transfer, cutting & cropping, final production edit (using the latest Adobe software), fitting a soundtrack.
Selling to dive students / tourists
Next you move onto a 2 week working internship;
You'll be sent out to do the job, working with real customers, making diving movies to sell. For each copy that you sell, you'll be paid 40% of the sale price, so you can re-coup your training expenses. We're not throwing you in the deep end on your own! You'll be mentored by experienced underwater videographers, given feedback, improving as you progress. You'll get a great buzz from showing your movies for appreciative audiences. You'll be trained to make a very high quality product.
The video below is an example of what you'll be filming & editing during your underwater videography internship: