This is the visual poem of William Trubridge's world record freedive to 100 meters (one hectometer, basically one football field length and back) in order to bring light to the plight of the world's smallest cetacean, the Hector's Dolphin of New Zealand. With one breath of air and diving without weights, fins or any propulsive assistance, William descended to 101 meters in the waters of Dean's Blue Hole, Bahamas, the deepest blue hole in the world.
This short documentary of the record attempts to transmit what it is like to freedive deep beneath the surface, and how we can return to explore our potential as an aquatic mammal in the search to help our endangered cousins of the seas.
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Directed and Edited by Matthew Brown
Written and Produced by William Trubridge verticalblue.net
Director of Photography - Matthew Brown

UNDERWATER CAMERAS
Jason Sapp
Paul Heinerth
Brian Kakuk
Charlie Beede
Brian Pucella
Alfredo Romo
Paolo Valenti
Igor Liberti

SURFACE CAMERAS
Matthew Brown
Nic Rowan
Dolphin Footage - Liz Slooten, Steve Dawson, and NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust
Music Composed by Christopher Ward
Voice Coaches - Linda Trubridge and Gerry Dinnage

TEAM VERTICAL BLUE
AIDA Judges - Ute Geßmann and Ben Weiss
Coach/Timekeeper - Brittany Trubridge
Deep Safety Divers - Paul Heinerth, Brian Kakuk, and Jason Sapp
Safety Divers - Charlie Beede, Brian Pucella, and Alfredo Romo

Still Photography by Igor Liberti and Paolo Valenti

whaledolphintrust.org.nz/nihectors.html

Here's sort of the making-of/behind the scenes (basically bloopers) of the video, hehe tinyurl.com/73n99pz

shot on the naked Canon HV40 (R.I.P) and edited with Sony Vegas

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