Whether shooting a
documentary, a television commercial or a feature film the
right choice of underwater and marine locations is
Many years of experience in marine and underwater
productions around the world have provided us with a unique
insight into the criteria which must be met for a location
to be considered suitable and economical.
A pristine beach with white
sand and turquoise waters may look idyllic when shot from
the surface or the air but beneath the water it may prove
less than ideal, prevailing sea conditions may have a
detrimental effect on underwater visibility while currents
and winds can make it difficult for support vessels and
in-water personnel to hold positions.
A two hour boat ride to an
offshore location sounds pleasant enough on a calm day but
if weather and sea conditions change you could end up with
very sea-sick cast and crew – not a good way to start the
Many desirable and
environmentally sensitive locations require permits.
Temporary permits for Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef are
issued by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
These permits may require more than 30 days for processing
and will only be issued if strict criteria are met and
substantial insurances are put in place.
NUMA is the only Underwater
and Marine production support company currently issued with
a renewable 6 year permit to undertake film and television
production using large underwater props and special effects
equipment within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
This permit was issued In
2003, after an exhaustive and expensive application process
- part of which required the production of a detailed ‘NUMA
Manual for Underwater and Marine Operations within the Great
Barrier Reef Marine Park’.
This means there is no need
to make further permit applications when the proposed
activity falls within our permit guidelines.
Since receiving this permit
we have gained considerable experience, providing our
clients with environmentally responsible and sustainable
approach to filming around one of the world’s great natural