Officially endorsed by the Maldives Tourism Bureau within the annual calendar of events, the second edition of the ‘Underwater Festival’ hosted at LUX* Maldives from 15 to 21 April 2013 brings some of the finest international experts in terms of underwater photography, filmography and video-editing as well as freediving/apnea to the Maldives.
The Festival offers a range of activities including underwater photo and video courses led by BBC film director Neil Lucas who will be joined by Britain’s foremost underwater cameraman Michael Pitts and television documentary editor Frank Spencer. While underwater photography and videos are not news when it comes to unmatched Maldivian sceneries below the surface, the video-editing classes present to the attendees the unique opportunity to turn raw footage into proper underwater reportages. Top television documentary editor, Frank Spencer, will work closely with attendees from their first cuts, through to the rough cuts, music and sound. Participants will be able to identify the key stories, learn ‘fill and flood’ lighting techniques, shooting disciplines as well as sequence skills through storyboards and creative editing.
‘I am delighted to have such an amazing panel of experts joining us in occasion of the Underwater Festival this year’ said Dominik Ruhl, resort general manager ‘with a lighter learning approach, every attendee will be able to get the most out the week and learn from the very best experts within the industry’. Freediving expert and four-time world record holder Sara Campbell will offer insights into breath holding and apnea techniques. Capable of diving unassisted to depths over 100m, Sara will oversee freediving classes, focusing on participants’ inner ‘sleeping dolphin’ through simple breathing techniques, which aid relaxation and mind control.
Working closely to the realization of the Underwater Festival, the team of the leading diving company Euro-divers will also oversee the event’s daily dives. Founded over 40 years ago, Eurodivers operates diving centers in some of the world’s best diving destinations such as Egypt, Thailand, Mauritius and Maldives to name but a few. Eurodivers at LUX* Maldives counts on a team of nternational diving instructors and is instrumental to the execution of the ‘Underwater Festival’.
LUX* Maldives has recently launched a special offer for Maldives residents and work permit holders to join the Festival and learn from the experts during the week. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Underwater Festival trainers and supporters
Producer and Director of the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit for over 20 years, Neil has worked on many international award-winning productions, including Sir David Attenborough’s Trials of Life, The Private Life
of Plants, The Life of Mammals and Planet Earth. The majority of Neil’s programmes have been nominated for many international awards including BAFTAs and EMMYs.
Specialised in underwater shooting, Michael Pitts has received Emmy’s for cinematography on two BBC landmark series: David Attenborough’s Private Life of Plants and Blue Planet. He is currently working on a Future Planet Productions film on plastics in the world’s oceans, which is due for cinema release in 2013.
In October 2007 Sara became the first woman to hit the 90m mark in freediving using only the natural propulsion
of her monofin and since then she has been internationally recognised through a series of awards. Her specialty
is teaching advanced techniques such as the mouthfill, dive strategy, competition and record training.
Founded over 40 years ago, Eurodivers operates diving centers in some of the world’s best diving destinations such as Egypt, Thailand, Mauritius and Maldives to name but a few. Eurodivers at LUX* Maldives counts on a team of international diving instructors and is instrumental to the execution of the ‘Underwater Festival’.