We have over 40 years of experience on all types of marine and underwater productions, operating in virtually every corner of our blue planet.
Our equipment range enables us to cover any underwater production. We film and light anything from supermacro to large ultra-wide scenes.
Our support and deployment of CCRs increases production output by maximising bottom time, reducing surface intervals, and allowing us to work on challenging and time critical projects.
Increased job and coordination efficiency with customised communication equipment. Tools for direct-to-camera audio recording for presenter-driven productions.
Full Range of Underwater Cinematography Services
BioQuest Productions and its parent company National Underwater and Marine Agency Pty Ltd represent a team of multi-skilled marine and underwater professionals brought together to provide a safe, reliable and economical approach to any production no matter how remote or environmentally hostile the location.
Our depth of experience has been gained by working with some of the finest technicians in the international film and television industry. We have used this experience to develop project-specific equipment, techniques and procedures.
Our primary focus is on two major areas:
1) The development of a nucleus of multi-skilled personnel, enabling us to reduce crew sizes without compromising the safety and integrity of a production. In addition to their specific technical abilities, crew members are also experienced in a variety of production skills.
2) The choice of the most appropriate, robust, reliable and field serviceable equipment, minimising potential downtime and hire costs. The streamlining of equipment packaging has also resulted in the significant reduction of weight and transportation costs.
We hold a comprehensive filming permit for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, including an animal collection permit.
Our unique studio provides specialised cinematography in a controlled environments. We can approach the smallest objects and employ complex filming techniques that are nearly impossible to achieve in the field.
Multiple modular aquarium systems ensure compatibility with a variety of subjects, add redundancy, and flexibility to the production. We have experience with a variety of aquaculture tasks and challenging subjects requiring 24/7 monitoring of water parameters .
Acquiring images in new situations involves solving a range of problems on the spot and constructing custom equipment. We approach designs such as motion control, vibration isolation, perfusion, filming tanks, programmable adjustable-spectrum lights, etc.
Our studio is equipped with 10g network infrastructure, editorial shared storage and a number of workstations. The infrastructure enables producers on site to work with raw media in feature-length projects.
Our Indoor Filming Facilities
Animal and natural history filming is greatly complimented by acquisitions in controlled environment. A studio setup is independednt of weather and sea conditions and does not require deployment of large crews. Our philosophy behind indoor studio facility involves:
- reduced carbon emissions of short-term and long-term projects
- saving costs by avoiding long-term boat hire and cancellations due to the unpredictable weather
- reducing harm caused to animal and the envrionment
- repeatability and control over the shoot, the specifics of techniques, sets, lights. etc
- instant communication with the production team and the director
Running a marine underwater facility requires a large amount of specialised skills from aquaculture to motion control. We provide a full range of services and modify our equipment/setups on the fly by adjusting to the needs of the production. Our collection permit allows us to economically recreate sophisticated sets and source appropriate species.
Our images and custom-produced videos have been used in the outreach programs of our partners, resulting in political presentations such as:
- presentation by Australian Insitute of Marine Science– International Year of the Coral Reef, 2018
- Our Oceans, Our Future – United Nations Ocean Conference, New York, 2017
- Our Ocean, an Ocean for Life – opening ceremony video – European Union Conference, Malta – 5-6 October 2017
- illUmiNations – UN Headquarters projection for the climate change week and UN Climate Summit – 2014
Our work is being used in social media programs by:
- Tara Ocean Foundation
- The Marine Biological Laboratory
- Australian Insitute of Marine Science
Exhibits and Galleries
Our images have been and are part of the following exhibits:
- Corals: Cities of the Sea – Natural History Museum, London
- Coral Reef Exhibit installation – California Academy of Sciences
- ‘Corals – Ancient Survivors’ short film – National Aquarium Denmark
- Exhibition 2019-2020 – Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History
OUR HISTORY IN PHOTOS
BioQuest Studios imaging technique opens a microscopic vista on corals that the world has not seen before. Now we can see the finest detail of polyps without a microscope and putting the corals under stress. This is a new way of looking at marine life as it really is rather than how we are.
I would like to go on record saying that BioQuest Studios is breaking new boundaries in documentary making. The combination of an exquisite understanding of nature with excellence in advanced imaging combines to create an experience that is unrivaled. It is as if one is looking at many of the subjects for the first time. It is extraordinary in my opinion.
Bioquest Studio’s images of life underwater, focusing on corals, are unique and reveal the microscopic functioning of coral. These amazing images are showing the real life of corals and the results of their astonishing photographic processes are inspiring new questions and research.
I love your work and site – art and science combined – the best way to share the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Your films about corals resonate with our plankton videos.I hope we can collaborate to put the two together and explore new microscopic worlds
Producer, director of photography, underwater director of photography, internationally certified commercial diver and diving supervisor, mariner.
Producer, biologist, digital imaging engineer, DOP, production generalist.
CEO, producer, biologist, writer, educator, and internationally qualified commercial diver.
European representative. Underwater photographer, graphic designer and writer.
7/32 Macrossan street, Port Douglas, Queensland, 4877
Mobile: +61 412 424 673
Postal address: PO Box 603, Port Douglas, Queensland, 4877
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