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Benham Bank Expedition 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The expedition team composed of marine scientists from the University of the Philippines, Marine Science Institue, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources,  and Oceana Philippines explored the Philippines newest territory: Benham Rise. The joint expedition on board the BFAR research vessel M/V DA-BFAR is giving us our first in depth look at the ecosystem of the shallowest part of the Philippines’ extended continental shelf – The Benham Bank.

This short video is a teaser for the longer documentary we are producing for Oceana Philippines:

Karl Harwood and Miko Zuleta were task to capture Benham Bank’s ecosystem underwater. Karl mostly in still images and Miko using a GH4 for underwater video. A single dive would take them down for about 180-200 minutes, with as little as 20 minutes bottom time to film. Karl and Miko have spent more time diving Benham Bank than any other human to this date as they had to maximise their dives to capture this extraordinary ecosystem with their cameras. The technical dive team of the Philippine NAVY and Coastguard collected the samples for the scientists.

Technical Divers get ready to film. Karl Hurwood left in black and Miko-Zuleta right in red. Photo: Oceana by Marco D. Biemann

Technical Divers get ready to film. Karl Hurwood left in black and Miko-Zuleta right in red. Photo: Oceana by Marco D. Biemann


For the first time a Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) has been used extensively to observe and sample the ecosystem of the Benham Bank. Chief ROV pilot was no other than ROV pioneer Lance Horn, who has helmed over 1,700 ROV dives in his 31 year long career at the Undersea Vehicle Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

Operations Director and Chief ROV Pilot Lance Horn is guiding the deployment of the ROV. Photo: Oceana by Marco D. Biemann

Operations Director and Chief ROV Pilot Lance Horn is guiding the deployment of the ROV. Photo: Oceana by Marco D. Biemann


Space on the ship was limited so we had to reduce the two RED camera systems to it’s bare essentials. Still we brought 2 RED bodies, set of f1.4 primes and full range of f2.8 zooms covering these focal lengths: 11-16mm, 17-55mm, 70-200mm, Sachtler Tripod SB18 on low 3-stage CF-legs and Sachtler SB8 on low 3-stage Manfrotto aluminium legs as backup. Sennheier Audio gear, Tiffin 4×4 glass filters, matte box, all had place – dry and safe – in 4 Pelican cases, 2 Stromcases and 2 tripod flight container. To operate the RED Dragon for an entire day, 496GB of REDMag’s was used and backed up every night using a USB-Bus powered HDD-array of 12 TerraByte.

Miko Zuleta organising the film gear on board.

Miko Zuleta organising the film gear on board.

To be continued…

When a fire hits close to home…

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

July 27, 2016 – A fire rampaged through Sitio Wella, Pasay City, Metro Manila. Fire fighters battled the flames for hours. Lives were lost – Houses reduced to piles of ash.

When a Fire LITERALLY hits so close to home the ground can get quite hot.

We honour the courageous fire fighters and volunteers who fought tirelessly last night with this short video.

Please do not be offended should we have not included your team, we did not get all of the trucks noted down….

None the less… THANK YOU!!!



Your Copyright…

Monday, February 15th, 2016

BPHI WEB FB Copyright picture by Bianka BernabePhoto by Bianka Bernabe
Every script writer should make sure they are prepared to face copy right violations. Here are some facts around copyright to ensure your next idea does not get plagiarised without you having any legal grounds to defend yourself.

Fact is that you own the copyright to your story the moment to write it down. Important is that you cannot own the copyright to an idea and in most instances not even to a concept. Word of advise is to not shop around with an unfinished idea or concept prior to the screenplay (or any other written work).

In any copyright dispute the problem is for you to prove you came up with the story prior to the person who plagiarised your work. There are some easy and affordable options to insure you keep the upper hand in disputes over your copyright.

In the Philippines you can register your script with the Intellectual Property Center. But in many countries legal contracts are often not worth the paper they are printed on this is often not much more than a band aid.

I find it easier to deal with the Writers guild of America in order to register your script online within a few minutes and from the convenience of your home. You do not have to be an american citizen or resident to register your script. For none WGA members the registration fee for any written work is about 25USD and the registration will last for 10 years or more. Just upload a pdf version of your script and you receive a certificate with date and timestamp. You can register either using the East coast  or the West coast office. Just follow the links.

For more information about  copyright and other legal matters check out “The Filmmakers’ Legal Guide” available on the topics.

Heneral Luna

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Perks of providing one of the 2 RED Scarlet MX cameras that was used to shot this historic movie: The pre-release Gala Premiere September 6, 2015.

Critics are already hailing the film to be one of the best Philippine films in 2015 and as been selected as the Philippines entry to the Academy as consideration for the Oscar for Best foreign film.

Full nationwide theatrical release starts September 9, 2015.

Japanese actress Keiko Takeshita visits storm stricken areas

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The celebrity ambassador for the World Food Programme (WFP) Japan, popular actress Ms. Keiko Takeshita visited Tacloban City to personally check out the efforts of the WFP after HAIYAN.

Please watch the video here:

We were fortunate enough to witness the compassion and kindness of this A-list actress as she spent several days on the road to visit communities devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) in the Province of Eastern Samar.

In this run and gun assignment we utilised the Sony PMW-EX 3, Manfrotto 504DH fluidhead tripod, Sennheiser G3 Lapels. The aerial used have been taken by 4K RED Scarlet (more of them here:

5K RED Dragon meets “Sleeping Dragon” in Baler, Aurora

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Every time we pass this magnificent rock formation on our way from Baler, Aurora to Dicasalarin Cove (more about “Dica” in a later post) we are struck by the resemblance to a sleeping dragon.

Of course, this time both Dragons had to meet 😉

Setup: 5K RED Scarlet Dragon, Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART, Vocas 4×4 mattbox, Tiffen polariser, Sachter Video 18SB

BTS Underwater Hockey 3P MI2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

So here it is: (please follow th link to Facebook to watch video)

Shot on 5K RED Scarlet Dragon, Nikon primes and f2.8 zooms like 17-55 and 70-200.

One of the 3K 100FPS frame grabs: