Professionally managed underwater film studio with options to hire subsidised equipment and professional services to ensure that not only will you get amazing results, but technical advice from one of the leading underwater filmmakers in the UK.
Lighting – There are different ways of lighting. Most common is to have the lights mounted on their stands at the side of the pool, hung from a rig above, or using Kinos and other specialist underwater lights. All 3 lighting options are supported at this location. Lighting hire is an optional extra but if using studio lights, these may be hired at subsidised rates.
Power – 3-phase, domestic, and low-voltage power (underwater lighting etc) are all available on-site
Effects – You can achieve a broad range of effects by using such simple techniques as deploying different coloured cloth (black, green, blue, white),adding colourant to the water, filtered lights, or reflecting light from the bottom etc. This specialist film tank can also have reduced water levels, have sand or other materials reside on the bottom, or increase/decrease temperatures as required, with advance notice only!
Underwater Filming Requires Shooting Through Glass. This can be achieved in 2 ways: a) Shooting in the dry through the viewing window – This method significantly reduces cost, and shooting in the dry is convenient. Filming in the dry reduces time required to set up the shots, eliminates the need for specialist camera equipment/underwater camera operators, and requires an expanded safety teams. When filming via the window, movement is achieved using the subject and not by moving the immersed camera. This method is perfect for delivering against the vast majority of shoot requirements – stills or video.
b) Shooting in the water – This method is most often used in the large tanks where the project requirement demands lots of in-water filming of different subjects, and where there are no budget constraints.
Motion Shots – The pool has a deck around it, and removable partition walls, so if you wanted some action or perspective shots these should be possible to achieve. We always recommend a pre-shoot consultation to ensure that these requirements are discussed PRIOR to making a booking.
Safety Divers – Qualified divers are available as required, and can be provided at additional cost
Underwater Equipment - camera cover and scuba equipment may also be hired (advanced notice may be required)
Catering – Catering can be arranged, but equally, hirer can make their own arrangements
Recce – Recce’s at our locations are always recommended, and as with most of our locations, are free of charge at this underwater studio location
Technical Assistance - We would wholeheartedly recommend that we facilitate a call between owner and DoP to discuss options to achieve desired results at this facility. Underwater filming can be technically challenging as there are different ways to achieve a variety of results, and advice about skills/equipment could be extremely useful.
Facilities: - Heated, 3x4 meter swimming pool - 2.5 meters deep - Space downstairs with the ability to green screen for additional filming/stills - Changing rooms and showers.
3 Phase Power
Laminate Wood Floor
Indoor Swimming Pool
Walls & Windows
Parking for customers outside the building and on street parking.