3D-eep wa­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

ad­van­tage of hav­ing the lat­est “state-of-theart” cam­era tech­nol­ogy avail­able.

“It’s a half-a-mil­lion-dol­lar cam­era, not a lit­tle do­mes­tic thing,” he said.

“It’s all state of the art ul­tra high res­o­lu­tion - it’s 10 times the res­o­lu­tion of high def­i­ni­tion, its first of its kind and shoots in 5k where HD shoots in just un­der 2k, it’s a re­ally in­cred­i­ble sys­tem.

“We got it in Port Dou­glas to try to gen­er­ate some film in­dus­try from rest of the world and I’ve got some IMAX films I’m work­ing on next year for other pro­duc­ers.”

Mr Isaacs and his busi­ness part­ner will be busy train­ing lo­cals from Port Dou­glas to peo­ple from Bris­bane in us­ing the cam­era, to build up a 3D crew.

“It has ram­i­fi­ca­tions for tourism, for con­ser­va­tion of the reef and will gen­er­ate work for lo­cals to put us on the map,” he said.

“I have been train­ing on my closed cir­cuit re-breathers - this cam­era weights 120kg and takes four peo­ple or a crane to lift it into the wa­ter.

“To sup­port it, nor­mal scuba doesn’t give us enough time, we use closed cir­cuit re-breathers which al­lows us to stay un­der­wa­ter for up to five-hours non­stop and it doesn’t emit any bub­bles.

“We’re able to film an­i­mals with­out dis­turb­ing them, it’s re­mark­able, you just blend into the back­ground and they just go about their busi­ness, it’s re­ally cool.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the 3D un­der­wa­ter cam­era visit the www.ocean­plan­et3d. com

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

3D un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­tures: Ross Isaacs with Kath­eryn Malic and the un­der­wa­ter 3D cam­era

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