"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures. However their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen.
Make sure you watch the video on a large screen. This clip is displayed in Full HD, yet the source footage (or the whole clip), is available in UltraHD 4k resolution for media productions.
The answer to a common question: yes, colors are "real" and not exaggerated by digital enhancement. We have only applied basic white balance correction. However, we used specialized lights to mimic the underwater ambient spectrum. When photographers use white light (artificial spectrum) on corals, they simply miss the vast majority of colours. Corals have spectrum-sensitive colouration due to fluorescent pigments.
The duration of sequences varied from 20 minutes to 6+ hours.
=== Technical details ===
To make this little clip we took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, we used focus stacking and deconvolution algorithms. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots.
Just the intro and the last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking + deconvolution in some scenes). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and we spent almost 9 long months to get it right.
Music: Atmostra III by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.
Director / Editor : Jack Whiteley
Producer : Ellie Fry
Director of Photography : Malte Rosenfeld
Focus Puller : Ben Oliver
Gaffer : Max Gregory
Grip : Jonathan Smith
1st AD : Louis Devereux
Production Manager : Charlie Lodder & Rory Macrae
Production Assistant : Jennifer Houlihan
Casting : Lucy Rands
Production Design : Gini Godwin & Sophia Stocco
Costume Designer : Rebecca Hale
Wardrobe Assistant : Aimee Callaway
Hair & Make-up : Laura Wisinger
Hair & Make-up Assistants : Katy Gill & Charlotte Bligh
Sound Recordist : Jack Farris
Patricia Harding : Nell Mooney
Scott Harding : Luke Jasztal
Paul the Sports Presenter : Andrew Gruen
Bruce the Director : Clive Brill
Madge the Make-up Girl : Emily Staveley-Taylor
Sam the Weather Girl : Jessica Staveley-Taylor
Steph the Director's Assistant : Camilla Staveley-Taylor
Angus the Cameraman : Cyrus Bayandor
Production Company : Rattling Stuff at Rattling Stick (rattlingstick.com)
Chief of Stuff : Andy Orrick
Music Video Representation : OB Management (obmanagement.co.uk)
Video Commissioner : Dan Curwin
Record Label : Atlantic Records
Shot at Channel 9 Studios, Perth, Western Australia, November 1986.