Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

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…


Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

We are happy to be on board as co-producer to realise this vision of director Atom Magadia.

His film Dagsin (Gravity) has been chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the 2016 Cinemalaya Film Festival. We are excited to see how this amazing script will come to life; showing the importance but at the same time also the price for integrity during one of the Philippines darkest times.

Atom choose to use the RED Dragon due to it’s outstanding picture quality and it’s amazingly small form factor. “…shooting and mastering in 4K is nowadays  standard. The dynamic range of the Dragon sensor was crucial for us as well. Dagsin being a Cinemalaya 2016 finalist our crew has to be lean and mean(ingful). Stripped to its bare essentials the Dragon fits on the palm of your hand while still delivering outstanding images.”

Photo shows fellow director and producer Marco D. Biemann explaining the RED Dragon to director Atom Magadia (picture taken by Anne Magadia).


Costa Pacifica – Take Roadtrip in Full Color

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

We have been filming in the beautiful province of Aurora since 2008. We witnessed the development of its capital Baler from a sleepy little (behind the mountain) town to one of the Philippines newest tourism hotspots.  Not surprised when in 2013 COSTA PACIFICA open its doors to guests. If there is no better reason to visit Baler (unspoiled nature, Dicasalarin Cove, surfing lessons at Sabang beach, rich Philippine history “Siege of Baler”) just go to Costa Pacifica for the great food, super comfortable bed in great rooms and the friendly staff.

Shot with our 5K RED Dragon and various Nikon lenses. Check out the 4K video out on You Tube.

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:

People & Places

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Cultures. Stories. Faces. Everyone has a different way of seeing things. Everyone has a story. Observe life from another’s eyes. Experience the power of images from other cultures. Broaden your horizon.


Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Our Zeiss  T2.1 standard cinema prime lenses for PL-Mount and fast Nikon mount still lenses with apertures of f1.4 for primes  and  f2.8 for zooms, provide you with the glass you need to capture your vision.


PL-Mount: (Contact us for price)

16mm Zeiss Standard Prime T2.1

24mm Zeiss Standard Prime T2.1

32mm Zeiss Standard Prime T2.1

50mm Zeiss Standard Prime T2.1

85mm Zeiss Standard Prime T2.1


FULL  FRAME Lenses (Nikon mount)  (Contact us for price)

Sigma, 35mm/1.4 ART

Sigma, 50mm/1.4 ART

Nikon, 50mm, f1.4 G

Nikon, 85mm, f1.4 G

Nikon 70-200mm, f2.8 G

Nikon, 28-300mm, f3.5-5.6 G


APS-C Lenses (Nikon DX)  (Contact us for price)

Tokina, 11-16mm, f2.8 (DX)

Nikon 35mm, f1.8 G (DX)

Nikon 17-55, f2.8 G (DX)

Nikon, 18-300mm, f3.5-5.6 G (DX)


Filters (Glass): (Contact us for price)

Tiffen 4×4, IRND 1.2

Tiffen 4×4, ND 0.9

Tiffen 4×4, ND 0.6

Tiffen 4×4, ND 0.3

Tiffen 4×4, linear Polarizer

Tiffen 4×4, ND 0.9 Grad soft

Tiffen 4×4, Sunset 2


Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Fluid camera pans and tilts as well as camera movement are essential for a seamless production. High quality Sachtler tripods & fluid heads are the base of our camera support department. Sit-on dolly with straight & curved tracks, 12ft Jib and slider compliment the German build tripods.

Scroll down for more and (Contact us for price).


Sachtler Carbon Fiber, 3-Stage HD, 100mm

Sachtler Carbon Fiber, 3-Stage, 100mm

Sachtler Standard 2 Stage Aluminium, ground spreader, 150mm

Sachtler Standard 2 Stage Aluminium, ground spreader, 100mm

Sachtler Baby 2 Stage Aluminium

Sachtler High hat 2 Stage Aluminium

Manfrotto 525, midspreader, 75mm

Manfrotto 117B Heavyduty, midspreader, 75mm



Sachtler 20P Fluidhead, 100mm

Sachtler 18P Fluidhead, 100mm

Sachtler SB-8 Fluidhead, 75mm

O’Connor 100D, 150mm Fluidhead

O’Connor 50D, 150mm Fluidhead

Manfrotto 504HD Fluidhead, 75mm

Manfrotto 501 Fluidhead, 75mm



Banson SteadiCam-System “Bumble Bee” incl. west and arm

Cobra Crane I, 12ft, 4kg, w/counterweights

Kanova K3 Slider, 100cm 501Manfrotto fluid head

Universal Dolly w/ seat & push-bar with 12ft Straight & Curve  3ft tracks

(Contact us for price)


Thursday, August 7th, 2014

MISCELLANEOUS  – Not just RED gear but also audio equipment, power, lights, grip and other needed equipment. This section is long, so make sure you scroll down to the end.

(Contact us for price)


RED Nikon mount

RED Canon mount

PL mount

DSMC Side handle


REDstation 1.8” mini eSATA/FW800 or USB3/FW800

REDmag 1.8” SSD 128GB

REDmag 1.8” SSD 240GB

RED Bomb EVF (OLED) incl. Cable

RED Pro 5” Monitor touchscreen

Spinner with Bomb EVF mount

DSMC Top mount (adjustable)

Sliding Top Handle



REDvolt travel charger

RED DSMC power supply

RED XLR microphone cable

V-mount battery Dynacore 95Wh

Dynacore 2 Channel V-mount charger

Mounting arms

Rib-Cage with top plate and riser, 15mm rod support

Shoulder rig 19mm rods, 15mm rod support

Follow Focus 15mm

18” Follow Focus Wip



Sennheiser MKH66

Windscreen & Handgrip

Wind Jammer

Boompole  K-2 carbon with internal XLR-cable

Sennheiser G2 Wireless Lapel Mic set

Sennheiser G2 XLR Transmitter

Sennheiser G3 Wireless Label Mic set

Sennheiser G3 XLR Transmitter

EV RE50B dynamic Omnidirectional mic

Azden 4Ch Sound-Mixer

AKG Headphones



Fluorescence 4 banks24″ tungsten

Fluorescence 6 banks24″ tungsten


Litepanels Micro LED

LED 321AS, 18.5W, 2x NP-F570L

LED 321AS, 8.5W, 1x NP-F570L

800W Redheads with softboxes

1kW Fresnel Tungsten

(Contact us for price)

BPHi – 4K Aerials

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

New Aerial show reel. Shot on 4K RED Scarlet, Nikon lenses…

This clip features some stunningly beautiful places in the Philippines you might not yet have seen from this perspective…

Places like Aurora, Bohol, Coron, Palawan and Tacloban.

We kept the Music of our old aerial reel because it just fits (thank you Noel Zarate for composing…)


Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Filming Documentaries around the world since 1999, we can say that this is our area of expertise. Our work has been broadcast internationally and has won various awards.