Growing up around the coastline of Australia I spent weekends with my family in area’s where photos of great white sharks caught by local fisherman were posted on notice boards. It never seemed to interupt our minds or our beach time, but moving to Europe I noticed some mythical fears that were fueled by inexperience which was steering the general public to detach themselves from a animal which is almost extinct. After my first trip to Cape Town I was inspired and made a plan to return and record /expose a current issue /story that needs telling on a grander scale not just on the weekend with beers and brai’s .
Julian Watson has been running a film production company www.seventwentyfilms.com
born in Europe and based there for 10 years, recently spread its wings and traveled to the South Pacific to find itself a second home in Melbourne, Australia.
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CHRIS MASON : CO-PRODUCER. SA, CAST AGENT, ADVISOR
The issue of surfers and sharks is one very close to my heart. Having been a surfer all my life I was always terrified of what lay beneath. I now realise that what is really scary is the possibility that sharks as a species may be wiped out in my lifetime. The ocean is my playground and church so I want to do my best to make sure our relationship with it can be sustainable, and allow our grandchildren the same privileges we have today. It may sound strange, but now is the time when surfers have to stand up to save sharks and dispel the fear that they are rabid man eaters. They deserve to be respected, not murdered indiscriminately.
Chris Mason was born in South Africa and raised as a surfer in the beach-front city of Durban. He has travelled extensively in Central America, writing travel journalism and managing an Eco-Surf lodge inNicaragua. On returning to South Africa he attended the University of Cape Town, where he left with a BA Hon in English, a fully fledged passion for the written word and a burgeoning infatuation with film. Chris now works with Wavescape Media, where he is the co-director of the Wavescape Film Festival and a surf forecaster and writer for the website www.wavescape.co.za. In his spare time Chris goes surfing around South Africa and reads excessively. One day he hopes to retire to a rural enclave where he can grow his own food and have lots of dogs.
JOEP VAN OPPEN : PRODUCER
Joep van Oppen was born and raised in Holland and currently lives in Amsterdam. His background in film production started out in Dutch television working for several TV shows as a reporter, producer, item-director and account manager. For the last two years the focus has been on producing online video and film, together with Julian Watson, the director of this documentary. Most of the sports he actively partakes in are land-based, so getting into the water and on to a surfboard will be an adventure the whole crew will get to enjoy.
“Although I’ve never seen a shark out in the wild and there are no accounts of me actually standing up on a surfboard, I am passionate about this initiative. I feel it can contribute to the understanding of an amazing animal as well as show some amazing aspects of SA and it’s people.”
TJITTE JAN NIEUWKOOP DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Making documentary gives the opportunity to get close to the subject and get to know the insides by working with experts and professionals as we did in ‘Surfing and Sharks’.
The love and passion I have for filmmaking and the joy I have with sports and nature came together by shooting this film.
Tjitte Jan graduated as a cinematographer from the Dutch Film Academy in 2002 and started his career with a flying start by being selected for the prestigious ‘Lodz Camerimage’ award for the documentary ‘Gotterdammerung’. He has shot over 100 projects varies from commercials, music videos, to drama series, short feature films, and full-length documentaries. In 2010 he won a prize for ‘Best Cinematography’ at The 48 Hour Project Amsterdam.
He has a keen sense of narrative and he is deeply immersed in high-end handheld camera techniques. The man behind the camera is as adventures and diverse as the variety of his work.
Spreading his wings all over the world it doesn’t come as a surprise that he’s represented by the ‘Birds management’, where he is part of a selection of highly talented Dutch cinematographers.
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MARK ADDISON – SHARK EXPERT.UNDER WATER SHARK CAMERAMAN
Mark Addison, a man synonymous with the marine world, and more specifically with Sharks. Mark has brought Africa’s marine life to the cinemagraphic and photographic stages of the world. Mark ‘s resume’ in Natural History documentaries includes work
for (inter alias)
Various National Geographic series and documentaries; numerous BBC productions including the renowned Blue Planet series, and the opening sequences for the follow up series Planet Earth and more recently, Natures Greatest Events, the Cousteau Society, Aqua vision, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, IMAX, Galatea productions, Disney Channel, Scuba Zoo. The story of Mark and his tiger sharks opened Discovery Channel’s shark week in 2007. Into the Shark Bite opened Shark Week in 2010.
The list of photographers includes, Doug Perrine, David Doubilet, Thomas Peschak, and Pete Pinnock. His work with the world’s best photographers writers, and cameramen, have taken some of the world’s most prestigious awards, Emmy awards (Blue Planet Series), World Wildlife Photographer (Doug Perrine), World Wildlife Photographer Black and white category (Thomas Peschak), Nomination for Roscar award, Fuji Film awards, Golden Globe Awards, Avanti awards.
Mark’s expertise in marine animal behaviour is not limited to only helping filmmakers and photographers. Mark has bought his knowledge, boating time and staff to help numerous marine studies, from, GIS studies of Sardine Run, to tiger shark tagging
From marine research on various projects, to saving sharks through awareness,
Mark is a man who brings the ocean to life for millions of people around the world.
ANTHONY FOX – UNDERWATER SURF CAMERAMAN
Raised in Cape Town as a second generation surfer I developed a passion and
love for the ocean from an early age. I completed my studies with a Bcom degree
and left to explore and surf some of the best waves the world had to offer. It
was only after a surfing related injury a few years back that I started shooting
and became professional soon afterwards.
Being a surf photographer from South Africa comes with its fair share of risks !
But I consider it a privilege to be able to call the ocean my office and the
enjoyment and livelihood from which I derive a simple yet enormously
The opportunities that I have been afforded by sharing a deep love for the ocean
never cease to amaze me and having been given the chance to work on this project
is a perfect example! Thanks to all who have made this a possibility.
PAUL DE HEER – FILM EDITOR N.C.E
As a kid I skated a lot, I loved my board, I loved to cruise, but I never touched a surfboard in my live. Later on my interrests changed and I started playing in bands, noisepop mostly. I studied english and psychology, dropped out and went to film-school.
The feeling of catching the right moment, waiting for it, going for it, that is the connection for me between the board, the music and the film.
I build stories, I build big screen emotions and I love it.
ALLARD DETIGER – FILM EDITOR
I think I’m the only one of this film who is actually afraid, not for the sharks, but for being in the water in general. As a kid, I hated to go to this swimming classes and hide the car keys of my mother to prevent of going there. As an adult I made some efforts to overcome my fears. I actually had one stressed diving experience that was quite nice, but my fellow diving buddy started complaining that I emptied my oxygen bottle too fast and we had to go up all the time. I love telling stories though and with editing this film, I get to sea the miracle of the underseas world from a nice warm distance. I can work on a story about the love for surfing and sharks, but also also a story about confronting yourself with overcoming your fear for the sake of doing the one thing you love most.
Hope to see you all guys safe and sound in the cinema!
De Tijger Produkties
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Kwazulu Natal’s South Coast Indian ocean surf spots offer warm water and quality surf. Almost 18 years ago I learned to Surf in these waters , those were the days.
The surf is awesome, yet with a justifiable reputation for being sharky. There have been numerous fatalities at the excellent point breaks in this area. Many of the great breaks are several hours drive (dirt roads) from the nearest emergency care.
It wouldn’t be hard to give the definition of surfing if you were to consider the desire to be out in the water, the freedom to conquer a great force of nature that can push you where you have never been before. It’s a whole new world, it’s like a drug that you start taking. Addictive. But surfing without great waves is like hot beer (totally not cool).
The further north towards Durban, the more crowded the surfing breaks get…and there are plenty of hot local surfers – The Transkei Coast or the Wild Coast of South Africa as it’s also known – is exactly that – rural, wild coastline.
Art, Craft, Dark Magic, and Technology of Digital Color Grading for film and video
It never ceases to amaze me how many people assume color grading is just the click of a preset or the click of the Auto-Balance function in a grading tool. In fact, grading is more than just fixing problems. It takes a bit of thought and effort to enhance an image creatively and tastefully.
If I want to be accurate creatively to the African Surf mythology.
You need to grasp all the aspects of filmmaking, more so than in the past, and how these affect your job in creating an image.
You need an absolute awareness of what it takes to make a great image in your mind, of going to a place and visualising what you want to take, and then creating it technically .
Your opinion counts – you must be able to express it and then accomplish it.