The Sea Siren is a multi-media event that will bring to life the adventure shared by Nikki du Plessis, an international model from South Africa and underwater filmmaker Edmund Papp, owner of Mermaid Hunter Films in Key West, Florida.
The concept was simple... even though Ms. du Plessis possessed no underwater experience or skills Mr. Papp was confident he could take this top model off the runway and train her to freedive 35 feet deep into a shipwreck and pose for the camera - all the while having no safety divers or SCUBA air source... AND TO DO IT ALL IN 30 DAYS!
What this film doesn't show is the 14 days Nikki spent training so as to be able to hold her breath for over 2 minutes underwater and navigate the wreck safely and proficiently. The wreck is located in a deep water residential canal. The water is pure green and the tidal flow changed every 6 hours. Underwater visibility suitable for filmmaking was available for only 2 hours within that 6 hour tidal flow. And the tidal flows changed every day by one hour later than the day before. Tidal flow was more important than sunlight in this shoot. In addition, pluming silt, razor sharp barnacles and boat traffic over the wreck were concerns and hazards Nikki needed to train for and maintain her concentration.
We filmed during the month of July 2013. The underwater footage was shot by GoPro 3 at the 2.5k resolution (I started with 4 GoPros and ended up with only one still functioning properly by the end of the shoot - I give GoPro a bad grade here!) Topside footage was shot by a Sony NEX 7... which I just love and recommend.
The footage will be used to make 4 items: a 15 minute fine-art film; a 6 episode reality based series one can download on Vimeo on Demand; 20 framed and signed images for a traveling gallery show; and lastly a behind the scenes, how-it-was made video.
The show should be ready to rock and roll late December, early January.
Mermaid Hunter Films
This channel will host my future sci-fi soap opera titled: Mermaid Hunter.
In the meantime I will use this space to host my videos.