Hosting the second edition of the ‘Underwater Festival’, from 15 to 21 April 2013, LUX* Maldives brings Britain’s foremost underwater cameraman Michael Pitts to help attendees translate their photography into an underwater reportage through filming classes below the surface.
Set to join the Festival, top television documentary editor, Frank Spencer, will also 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.
Activities at the Festival will also include underwater photo and video courses, on-the-beach themed film screenings, film editing coaching sessions, as well as free diving and apnea courses. Courses will be led by experts including BBC film director Neil Lucas and free diving world record holder Sara Campbell as well as members of leading diving company Eurodivers.
With a welcome note to all the experts joining the Festival, General Manager of LUX* Maldives Dominik Ruhl said: ‘I am very proud to host such a prestigious panel of experts. This edition welcomes some of the finest underwater specialists and personalities of the industry and highlights the most unique traits of the Maldives as a destination.'
Rethinking the concept of an island holiday experience, LUX* Maldives will contribute photo and video material from the festival to SAMPA’s on-going research programs. Partnering with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) one the world´s oldest environmental organisations and a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development, LUX* Maldives also supports activities carried out within the South Ari Atoll through its newly appointed Marine Project Officer.