The challenges making this movie-short was simple - could underwater photographer/filmmaker Edmund Papp, owner of Mermaid Hunter Films, take international model Nikki du Plessis out of the studio and in ONLY 30 days train her to be able to freedive (nude) 35 feet to a shipwreck - enter the wreck and then pose for the camera.
Nikki had no prior underwater experience or training so a month-long shoot schedule was booked for August, 2013 in Key West, Florida. Do to the location and condition of the wreck no SCUBA or safety divers would be allowed. The first two weeks were devoted to training and conditioning Nikki both physically and mentally so as to handle the HOSTILE environment of open ocean. Nikki and Mr. Papp shot every day for 30 days straight without injury, fatigue or health issues - giving credence to Mr. Papp's 45 years of training beautiful women to becoming professional underwater models.
The last two weeks were devoted to shooting on the wreck. 6 hour tidal flows and silt conditions on the wreck changed daily which created a 1 hour AM window to get our footage and a 1 hour PM window.
In addition to this art film a behind-the-scenes film is being made as well as a selection of Black & White gallery prints.